- Cavalcade (musical)
name = Cavalcade
productions = 1931 West End
"Cavalcade" is a musical spectacle written and composed by
Noel Coward. It opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lanein the London West Endon 13th October 1931, running for 405 performances. A film of it, with the same title, was produced in 1933. The TVseries of the 1970s, " Upstairs, Downstairs", was based on "Cavalcade".
The plot followed the experiences of British family living in
London, and was set against the major events of the period 1900-1930. The popular songs of at the time of each event were interwoven into the score. The large stage of the Drury Lane Theatre with its hydraulics and moving components made it exciting to watch. Events highlighted included; The Relief of Mafeking; the death of Queen Victoria; the sinking of the Titanic; and World War I.
The Cast of 200 included
* Mary Clair
* Edward Sinclair
* Irene Brown
* Una O'Connor
* Arthur McCrae
* Moyra Nugent
Noel Cowards Music
* "Twentieth Century Blues"
* "Love of my Dreams"
* "The Mirabelle Waltz"
Other composers' songs used
Soldiers of the Queen"
* "Goodbye Dolly Grey"
* "If you were the only Girl in the World"
* "Take me back to Dear Old Blighty"
* "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
* "Oxford Companion to Popular Music" by Peter Gammond - ISBN 0-19-280004-3
* "Guinness Who's Who of stage Musicals" editor Colin Larkin - ISBN 0-85112-756-8
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