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A Musical Comedy in 2 Acts. Book by Charles Doty and Joseph Herbert. Music by Gustav Kerker. Lyrics by Joseph Herbert. (Interpolated songs by George A. Spink, E. Ray Goetz, James O'Dea, Anne Caldwell, and Charles J. Ross.)

Casino Theatre, New York - 9 April 1906 - 15 September 1906 (195 perfs)

Musical Numbers published in the programme


  1. Opening Number - Chorus
  2. The Profession of a Manicure - Jermaine
  3. Vi!,Vi! - Violet, Johnnies
  4. Old Man Manhattan (Music by Anna Caldwell. Lyrics by James O'Dea.) - Julian
  5. A Rainy Day - Shopping and Shoe Blacks
  6. Bill Simmons (I've Got to Dance Till the Band Gits Through) (Music and Lyrics by George A. Spink.) - Beezy
  7. Finale - Ensemble


  1. Opening Number - Babette, Chorus
  2. Love Among the Freaks Artie
  3. Just Kids (Music and Lyrics by Charles J. Ross.) - Ritchie, Julian, James
  4. Run Away, Naughty Man (Song) (Lyrics by Hugh Morton.) - Germaine
  5. (You're) Just the One I'm Looking For (Music and Lyrics by E. Ray Goetz.) - Violet, Jack, Huntsmen
  6. We'll Blow the Jolly Horn (Tally Ho!!!) (Duet) - Julian, Artie
  7. Racing Scene
  8. Finale

Musical numbers published in the vocal score:

Act I

  1. Opening Chorus - Emporium Recherché that's only patronized, that's only patronised by the elite, an Institution proper that is never advertised...
  2. Song - Germaine - A Manicure must be demure while plying her profession, for now and then the forward men will ask a rude concession...
  3. Entrance of Men - When a chap with a monocle glued in his eye will sit in the stalls and heave sigh upon sigh, and patiently wait the appearance of Vi...
  4. Bootblack Scene - It's an aggravating state of affairs when the weather takes you quite unawares; no umbrella, bodice thin, we are wet through to the skin.
  5. Finale Act I - Oh, why this row and why this clatter, tell us, tell us what's the matter. Did this man attempt to batter, pick a pocket, rob? ...

Act II

  1. Opening Chorus - Hip! Hip-hooray, 'tis a glorious day our joyous joys to utter. The mutton, ham, are smeared with jam, there's cayenne on the butter...
  2. Song - Artie and Chorus - A story of love I will tell, about a society belle who left a good home, with a side show to roam, and to play the calliope as well...
  3. Trio - Violet, Endicott & Ellingham - In this world of ups and downs, in these days of care and strife, 'tis a pleasure to remember other days and other life.
  4. Song - Germaine - Observe by the droop of my eye, observe by the curl of my lip, that I keep the golden rule and attend a Sunday school...
  5. 10 - Song - Julian and Men - Oh, the properest thing at home is galloping o'er the lome, while bugle resounds and the baying of hounds are heard...
  6. Racing Scene - They're off, away! Ah, there they go a-prancing gaily along; they are a bully lot, all fine good and strong. Ah, see them dashing forward...


  • Violet Dare, a Broadway favourite
  • Mrs. James Ellingham, a society leader
  • Beezy, attendant in manicure parlours
  • Germaine Du Monde, owner of the manicure parlours
  • Mrs. Hoover Thorpe, a society widow
  • Kittie La Verne, soubrette from the West
  • Julian Endicott, a self-made man
  • James Ellingham, on the right side of the market
  • Jack Ellingham, his son
  • Artie Endicott, representative of The Social Whirl
  • Sandy Graham, son of James Ellingham
  • Lem Hicks, his friend
  • Jacob Endennan, the professor
  • Babette, a manicurist
  • Wagstaffe
  • Court Clerk
  • Policeman
  • Stable Boy

Ensemble of :

Society Girls, Cashier, Manicurists, Hunting Girls, Shoe Blacks, Blue Girls, Casino Girls, Golf Boys, Golf Girls, Johnnies, Hair Dressers, Porter, Policemen, Hunters, Butler, Waiters, Grooms, Driver, Footman

Scenes and Settings

Act 1: Interior of Germaine Du Monde's manicure parlours.

Act 2: Exterior of Bronxville club house.