That’s a Good Girl

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Opened at the Lewisham Hippodrome, England on March 19, 1928.  365 performances. Music by Joseph Meyer and Philip Charig. Lyrics by Douglas Furber, Ira Gershwin, and Desmond Carter. Book by Douglas Furber.  Produced and choreographed by Jack Buchanan. Cast included Jack Buchanan, Elsie Randolph, Kate Cutler, and Debroy Somers and his band.

A vehicle for the English musical comedy star Jack Buchanan (the male lead in 1927’s FUNNY FACE), George and Ira attended the opening night of THAT’S A GOOD GIRL during their extended 1928 European vacation. In his diary of the trip, Ira describes it as a “lively peppy show that’s full of laughs,” though he’s somewhat less than complimentary toward librettist/co-lyricist Douglas Furber, who “put his name (first) on 3 of my songs & will collect on them when all he did was change a few lines, not for the better either.” Though Buchanan directed a successful film version in 1933 (apparently without any of Ira’s work), THAT’S A GOOD GIRL has never been produced in the United States.