Louise Gold starred as Kay, at Barbican Cinema 1, on 17, 24, 31 August and 7 September 1997.
Molly Morse - Lara Serebrier
Don - Nicola Edwards
The Duke - Stewart Permutt
Phil Ruxton - Liza Pulman
Dolly Ruxton - Julia Farino
Shorty McGee - David de Keyser
Constance Appleton - Lorelei King
Kay - Louise Gold
Reveune Officer Jansen - Johnny Meyers
Wally - Louise Anne Halliday
Daisy - Sophia Wylie
Judge Appleton - Reg Eppey
Assistant Revenue Officer, Chauffeur - Darren Hudson.
Music - George Gershwin
Lyrics - Ira Gershwin
Book - Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse
Original Production Ė 8 November 1926, The Imperial
Musical Director - Jason Carr
Director and Producer - Ian Marshall-Fisher
Words and Music Issue 29, January 1998 carried a fairly comprehensive review of Oh Kay. Please click here to read it. Sufficient to add, that where the reviewer said "a manner reminiscent of The Muppets", they were probably referring to the Muppet monster Big Mamma.
This concert staging of Oh Kay is important because it used the original script exactly as written. The show has had at least two revivals (sometimes with rather noticeable alterations to the script).
A revival at The Westminster Theatre in March 1974 starred Amanda Barrie as Kay, and had Thick Wilson as Shorty. Interestingly Thick Wilson went on to voice The Gourmand Skeksis in the film The Dark Crystal (it may be worth noting, not least because The Gourmand Skeksisís Principal Puppeteer does just happen to have gone on to play the title role in this Lost Musicals production of Oh Kay).
A revival at The Chichester Festival Theatre in May 1984. clearly had some major rewrites, since they gave Shorty a wife and daughter, the latter being played by Myra Sands, who of course went on to become a stalwart member of the Lost Musicals gang.
Guy Bolten and P.G. Wodehouse, attempted to write the book for Anything Goes, unfortunately events proved their efforts to be decidedly unfunny. However, P G Wodehouse did write some lyrics for that show, and Louise Gold sings them on the JAY/TER studio cast recording of it.
The Imperial Theatre in New York was also the venue for the original production of the Gershwin musical Let ĎEm Eat Cake (which Louise Gold appeared in a staging of on BBC Radio 3) and the Kurt Weill musical One Touch Of Venus, which Louise Gold starred in concert stagings at Barbican Cinema 1 (see One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production)) and The Linbury Studio Theatre (see One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production))
Louise Gold, Stewart Permutt, and, Reg Eppey had previously appeared in the Lost Musicals production of Panama Hattie.
Lorelei King had previously been a contestant on Letís Do The Show Right Here, for which Louise Gold was a Team Captain.
Louise Gold and Liza Pulman have gone on to appear together in The Gondoliers
Louise Gold, and, Johnny Meyers subsequently took part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Links about Oh Kay
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml