The Messenger Boy
The original text
Telling the story of a rascally financier who tries to discredit a rival in love, the piece had lyrics by Adrian Ross (1859-1933) and Percy Greenbank (1878-1968), and the music by Ivan Caryll (1861-1921) and Lionel Monckton (1861-1924), with additional numbers by Paul Rubens (1875-1917).
It had an initial tryout in Plymouth, then opened at the Gaiety Theatre in London, managed by George Edwardes, on 3 February 1900, where it had 429 performances. The first Broadway performance took place at Daly's Theatre on 16 September 1901.
The text was first published in London by Chappell & Co. in 1900[?]
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