Havana is an Edwardian musical comedy in three acts by George Grossmith, Jr. (1874-1935) and Graham Hill (fl. 1900s), music by Leslie Stuart (1866-1928), lyrics by Adrian Ross (1859-1933) and George Arthurs (1875-1944).
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The musical premiered on 25 April to 12 December 1908 at the Gaiety Theatre, London, running for 221 performances before touring the provinces. An American production had a Philadelphia tryout then played at the Casino Theatre in New York from 11 February 1909 to 25 September 1909.
The musical score was published in London by Chappell in 1908.
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Performance history in South Africa
1909: Performed by the New Gaiety Company, on tour under the auspices of the Wheeler-Edwardes Company, appearing at the Opera House in Cape Town in May, then opening Pretoria on 7 June and ending with a run at His Majesty’s Theatre in Johannesburg. The large cast included Jack Cannot, Florence Imeson and Doris Greville.
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 405). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book
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