Ruth Selwyn’s musical opened it’s pre-Broadway run in New Haven’s Shubert Theatre on January 21, 1930 and closed on January 25, 1930. Two days later, on January 27th, 1930 it opened at the Shubert Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, and also played for a week of pre-Broadway performances. The show with most of its original cast then moved to the George Cohan Theatre on Broadway and opened on February 11, 1930. However it was not a success, and closed after only seven performances.
The show is best known for introducing Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen‘s great song Get Happy which became one of Ruth Etting’s most famous hit records. George Gershwin called her handling of the song “the most exciting finale he had ever heard in a theatre.”
Nine Fifteen Review featured music by Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, Rodgers & Hart, Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen among other notables and was based on short stories by Noel Coward, Eddie Cantor, Ring Larnder, and Leslie Howard.
Shown on the right is the original printed program, from the January 1930 five-day run at New Haven’s Shubert Theatre. For a look at the program from the pre-Broadway run in Boston, click here!
Starring RUTH ETTING, HARRY McNAUGHTON, FRED KEATING and NAMARA
Featuring PAUL KELLY, HELEN GREY, OSCAR RAGLAND, PEPPI LEDERER, JAMES HAWKINS, CHARLES LAWRENCE, VAN LOWE, NAN BLACKSTONE, WALLY CRISHAN, HELENE DENIZAN, MARY MURRAY, DOROTHEA JAMES, FRANCES SHELLY, LYNNE DORE, EARL OXFORD, DIANNE ELLIS, EVERETT LLELAN, MICHAEL TRIPP, FRANCETTA MOLLOX, RUTH SELWYN’S SPECIALTY GIRLS: LILLIAN OSTROM, JANE SHERMAN, MARY SAWYER, TEDDY WATERS, PAT HASTINGS, RUTH GORMLEY, JULIA BARON and GINGER MEEHAN with JACQUES FRAY and MARIO BRAGGIOTTI at the pianos.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS and LORENZ HART, RUDOLF FRIML, VICTOR HERBERT, VINCENT YOUMANS, COLE PORTER, ROGER WOLFE KAHN, TED KOEHLER & HAROLD ARLEN, RALPH RAINGER, KAY SWIFT, RICHARD MYERS, KENNETH SMITH, JACQUES FRAY, PHILIP BROUGHTON, HERMAN HUPFELD, MANNING SHERWIN and TOM FORD
Sketches and Lyrics by LESLIE HOWARD, RING LARDNER, EDDIE CANTOR, NOEL COWARD, ARTHUR HOPKINS, RUBE GOLDBERG, ANITA LOOS & JOHN EMMERSON, PAUL GERARD SMITH, H. W. HANEMANN, ROBERT RISKIN, SYDNEY LENZ, EDWARD ELISCU, IRVING CAESAR, EDWARD HEYMAN, WILL B. JOHNSTONE, MAX & NATHANIEL LIEF, PAUL JAMES and HARRY REVEL
Sets designed by CLARK ROBINSON
Costumes designed and executed by KIVIETTE
Orchestra conducted by DON VOORHEES
Dances and Ensembles by BUSBY BERKELEY
Ballets Directed by LEON LEONIDOFF
Staged by ALEXANDER LEFTWICH
Produced by RUTH SELWYN