George White’s Scandals of 1920

Opened at the Globe Theatre, New York on June 7, 1920. 134 performances. Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Arthur Jackson. Book by Andy Rice and George White.  Produced and staged by George White. Book directed by William Collier. Cast included Ann Pennington, Lou Holtz, George “Doc” Rockwell, Ethel Delmar, Lester Allen, George White, and the Yerkes Happy Six.

George White, a featured dancer in the ZIEGFELD FOLLIES of 1911 and 1915, broke off to create his own revues in 1919 and hired George Gershwin based on his break-through hit, “Swanee.” For his first SCANDALS score, Gershwin was re-teamed with lyricist Arthur Jackson, the pair already having worked together on Gershwin’s first full Broadway score, LA-LA-LUCILLE! The SCANDALS were a prototypical 1920s mélange of girls, tunes and sketches, with the songs largely unable to find their way beyond the confines of the show.