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MEMPHIS BOUND A Musical Comedy in 2 Acts, 11 Scenes. Book by Albert Barker and Sally Benson (with gratitude to W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan). Music and lyrics by Don Walker and Clay Warnick. Broadway Theatre, New York - Opened 24th May, 1945. Transferred to the Belasco Theatre 11th June, 1945 : closed 23 June 1945 (36 perfs) STORY An all-African American touring company is travelling to Memphis on a showboat, the Calliboga Queen. When the boat is run aground in Tennessee, the company mounts a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore to raise funds to get it unstuck. Much of the musical consists of a play within a play, as the company presents a musically updated version of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera; the boat pilot takes a major role as Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. Another actor sings and dances the role of Captain Corcoran, while the part of Josephine goes to an Andrews Sisters-style trio of women from the company chorus—each had been promised the role, so they join forces and play it simultaneously. The police arrest the company for performing without a license, and the case is taken to court in a scene involving excerpts from another Gilbert and Sullivan work, Trial by Jury. MUSICAL NUMBERS (Freely drawn from H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance) ACT 1 1. Big Old River - Ensemble 2. Stand Around the Band - Winfield Carter, Delta Rhythm Boys, Ensemble 3. Old Love and Brand New Love Roy Baggott, Winfield Carter, Lily Valentine 4. Growing Pains - Pilot Meriweather 5. We Sail the Ocean Blue - Sailors 6. I'm Called Little Buttercup - Mrs Paradise, Delta Rhythm Boys 7. A Maiden Fair to See - Roy Baggott, Sailors 8. I Am the Captain of the Pinafore - Winfield Carter, Sailors 9. Sorry Her Lot - Lily Valentine, Penny Paradise, Henny Paradise 10. Over the Bright Blue Sea - Ensemble 11. I Am the Monarch of the Sea - Pilot Meriweather, Ensemble 12. The Ruler of the Queen's Navee - Pilot Meriweather 13. The Nightingale, the Moon and I - Roy Baggott 14. Finale - Ensemble ACT 2 15. The Gilbert & Sullivan Blues - Chloe 16. Farewell, My Own - Pilot Meriweather, Roy Baggott, the Beer Garden Four 17. Fair Moon - Winfield Carter, Delta Rhythm Boys, Ensemble 18. Love or Reason - Lily Valentine, Penny Paradise, Henny Paradise 19. Things Are Seldom What They Seem - Pilot Meriweather, Winfield Carter 20. Trial By Jury - Pilot Meriweather, 4 Dancing Girls, Ensemble 21. The Nightingale, the Moon and I (reprise) - Roy Baggott, Lily Valentine, Ensemble