- Weather or No
"Weather or No" is a one-act
comic opera, styled a "musical duologue", by Bertram Luard-Selby with a libretto by Adrian Rossand William Beach. It was produced at the Savoy Theatrefrom 10 August 1896 to 17 February 1897 as a companion piece to " The Mikado", and from 2 March 1897 to 24 April 1897 with "His Majesty", for a total of 209 performances.
Copies of the libretto and the vocal score (published in 1896 by J. Williams) are found in British Library. There are five musical numbers, including three duets and a solo for each character.
Gilbert and Sullivanpartnership disbanded after the production of " The Gondoliers" in 1889, impresario Richard D'Oyly Cartefilled the Savoy Theatre with a combination of new works and revivals of the Gilbert and Sullivanoperas. The fashion in the late Victorian erawas to present long evenings in the theatre, and so Carte preceded his savoy operas with curtain raisers. [Lee Bernard. [http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/classical/Swashbuckling-Savoy-curtainraiser-.4348391.jp "Swash-buckling Savoy curtain-raiser",] "Sheffield Telegraph", 1 August 2008]
One of the writers of "Weather or No", Adrian Ross, would go on to become one of the most prolific and successful lyricists of
Edwardian musical comedies.
The story concerns two figures who come in and out of a toy
weather houseaccording to whether it is wet or dry, and so they cannot meet. Nevertheless, the couple fall in love and eventually wrench themselves away from their supports so that they may be together.
The original cast was:
Emmie Owenfor the first week, then Beatrice Perry
*He. Scott Russell
A review in "The Musical Times" of
1 September 1896stated,
:The book, by Messrs. Adrian Ross and W. Beach, is bright and smartly written, and the music, by Mr. B. Luard Selby, is graceful, refined, and by no means lacking in point and humour. The characters, impersonated with fair success by Miss Emmie Owen and Mr. Scott Russell, are the "He" and "She" of a toy weatherhouse, who emerge alternately from their respective doors in obedience to the vagaries of our fitful climate. The funny little couple fall in love, but find courtship so difficult under the circumstances that they wrench themselves away from their supports and leave the weather to take care of itself. The trifle will be welcome to those who require pieces suitable for private theatricals.
* [http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/companions/weather/index.html "Weather or No" at the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive]
* [http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/companions/index.html List of
Savoy operacurtain raisers]
* [http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/companions/gas2.html Article on Savoy curtain raisers]
* [http://www.savoyoperas.org.uk/companions/weather.html Review of "Weather or No"]
* [http://www.musicweb-international.com/garlands/89.htm Information about Luard-Selby]
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