George White’s Scandals of 1923

Opened at the Globe Theatre, New York on June 18, 1923. 168 performances. Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by B. G. DeSylva, E. Ray Goetz, and Ballard MacDonald. Book by George White and William K. Wells. Produced and staged by George White. Cast included Winnie Lightner, Tom Patricola, Lester Allen, Richard Bold, Beulah Berson, and the Tip Top Four.

Returning to New York after his first trip to London, where he had completed THE RAINBOW, Gershwin composed his fourth score for the SCANDALS. After the experiment of “Blue Monday” in the previous year, the 1923 revue was just a collection of songs, with Gershwin and his lyricists attempting to fit their material into George White’s revue sketches. As with most of the songs Gershwin wrote for the SCANDALS, those of the 1923 version have been forgotten.