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Guy Bolton


b. Man Reginald Bolton, 23 November 1884, Broxbourne, Britain, d. 6 Sept 1979, London, Britain. A significant librettist who was simply there in the first area of the hundred years when the actual American musical was created. Bolton was the child of the American dad and an British mother, and, following the family members had relocated to the united states, he started his adult existence as an architect and published in his free time. In early stages he found that he worked well greatest with others, and throughout his lengthy and distinguished profession his set of co-authors included George Grossmith Snr. , Clifford Gray, Philip Bartholmae, George Middleton, W. Somerset Maugham and Eddie Davis. His two primary collaborators had been Fred Thompson and P.G. Wodehouse, and, in early stages, Bolton teamed with Wodehouse and composer Jerome Kern for the popular Princess Theater musicals which, making use of their wise and witty integrated books and lyrics, are believed to be always a watershed within the evolution from the American musical. The very best of these had been Oh, Boy! (1917), Keep It To Jane (1917), and Oh, Woman! Woman!! (1918). From 1915 to 1924, Bolton worked well mainly with Kern and different lyricists on displays such as for example 90 WITHIN THE Shade, Nobody House, EXCELLENT Eddie, Miss Springtime, POSSESS A Hear t, The Riviera Lady, Miss 1917, Oh, My Dear!, Sally, Tangerine, The Resort Mouse, Daffy Dill, Seated Fairly, and Primrose (1924, London). By that point he had turn into a leading librettist, therefore was the reasonable choice to create the reserve (with Thompson) for Female, Be Great! (1924), the present that included George and Ira Gershwin’s initial complete rating. It proved to some end up being joyous affair and was a big strike on Broadway and in London, and verified Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire as musical humor’s top dance team. Through the following six years Bolton proved helpful at a significant rate on displays like the Bamboula (London), Suggestion Toes, The Ramblers, Oh, Kay!, The Nightingale, Rio Rita, The Five O’time clock Female, She’s My Baby, Rosalie, Blue Eye (London), Polly, Best Speed, Basic Simon, and Female Crazy. The last mentioned production, using its great Gershwin rating, was regular Bolton – magnificently constructed, and filled with fun and excruciating puns. Nevertheless, similar to the rest of his function, it was under no circumstances going to earn a Pulitzer Award for drama, which was the path where the Gershwins had been heading. Their following present, Of Thee I Sing, got a reserve by George S. Kaufman that satirized America’s cultural and political lifestyle and was quite not the same as the frothy confections that Bolton concocted. He appeared incapable or unwilling to improve his design, and, departing Broadway to its more serious products, he relocated to London, where, for another 10 years, he collaborated mainly with Clifford Gray and Fred Thompson on some highly effective romps, a lot of which starred a number of the London theater’s top skill, such as for example Leslie Henson, Jack port Buchanan, Elsie Randolph, Bobby Howes and Evelyn Laye. The displays included Song FROM THE Drum, Provide Me A Band, Seeing Stars, ON THE Silver Swan, Golf swing Along, This’ll CAUSE YOU TO Whistle, Going Areas, Going Greek, Cover And Look for, The Fleet’s Lit Up, Working Riot, Bobby GET A Weapon, and Magyar Melody (1939). Bolton didn’t neglect Broadway completely, and teamed up along with his outdated friend P.G. Wodehouse in 1934 to create the reserve for the Cole Porter smash-hit Anything Runs, and came back to the united states again during Globe War II to supply the librettos for Walk With Music, RETAIN Your Hats, Jackpot, and Adhere to GIRLS. In 1947, he modified the book for any revival from the 1909/10 strike, The Chocolates Soldier. In 1955, 50 years after his debut on Broadway with 90 WITHIN THE Shade, Old Dad Time swept up with him. As the most recent of his archaic attempts, Ankles Aweigh, was playing in the Tag Hellinger Theatre, coming on the Royale, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend was spoofing specifically that sort of issue. Bolton wrote only 1 more reserve for Broadway when he modified his and Marcelle Maurete’s Anastasia for the 1967 musical creation of Anya.

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Full Name Guy Bolton
Died September 4, 1979, London, United Kingdom
Profession Architect, Screenwriter, Playwright, Librettist
Nationality British, American
Spouse Stephen Powys, Mazie Radford, Marguerite Namara
Children Richard M. Bolton, Peggy Bolton, Guy Bolton Jr., Katherine Louisa "Joan" Bolton
Parents Kate Behenna, Reginald Pelham Bolton
Siblings Ivy May Bolton, Jamie Bolton
Nominations Mastercard Best New Musical
Movies Till the Clouds Roll By, Anastasia, Top Speed, Easter Parade, The Love Parade, Anything Goes, Week-End at the Waldorf, Words and Music, The Dark Angel, Ambassador Bill, Girl Crazy, Polly with a Past, Sally, When the Boys Meet the Girls, Rio Rita, Ziegfeld Follies, Angel, The Murder Man, The Yellow Ticket, Ladies Should Listen, The Cuckoos, Transatlantic, Pleasure Cruise, Delicious, Rosalie, Waltzes from Vienna, The Lady Refuses, Man of the Moment, The Love Doctor, Chandu the Magician, The Camels are Coming, The Painted Woman, The Lady Is Willing, Careless Lady, Devil's Lottery, This'll Make You Whistle, Adam and Eva, The Cave Girl, Grounds for Divorce, The Guv'nor, Almost Married, Aunt Sally, The Woman in Room 13, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Morals of Marcus, Anastasia, the False Czar's Daughter, Tip Toes, The Five O'Clock Girl

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1 Author of plays and musical comedies, also occasional screenwriter, the son of an engineer. He started as an architect and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, before writing his first play in 1911. Enjoyed a long creative association with P.G. Wodehouse. Married four times.
2 Daughter's name is Peggy Bolton, from his union with Marguerite Namara.
3 Became a US citizen in 1956.



Girl Crazy 1943 musical play
Magyar Melody 1939 TV Movie
Too Many Husbands 1938 play "Mirabelle"
Rosalie 1937 based on the play by
Angel 1937 adaptation: English play
This'll Make You Whistle 1936 writer
Anything Goes 1936 play
The Morals of Marcus 1935 adapted for the screen by
Mister Hobo 1935
The Dark Angel 1935 based on the play by
Man of the Moment 1935 adapted by
The Murder Man 1935 from the story by
The Camels Are Coming 1934
The Lady Is Willing 1934 screenplay and adaptation
Ladies Should Listen 1934 story
Along Came Sally 1934 screenplay
Strauss' Great Waltz 1934 scenario
No dejes la puerta abierta 1933 writer
Pleasure Cruise 1933 writer
The Painted Woman 1932
Chandu the Magician 1932 script and additional dialogue - uncredited
Almost Married 1932
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1932 contributing writer - uncredited
The Woman in Room 13 1932
Careless Lady 1932
Devil's Lottery 1932
Girl Crazy 1932 book of musical play
Delicious 1931 adaptation / story
Ambassador Bill 1931 story and screenplay
The Yellow Ticket 1931
Transatlantic 1931
The Lady Refuses 1931 by
Top Speed 1930 by
The Cuckoos 1930 book of musical play "The Ramblers"
Sally 1929 author of Ziegfeld's musical comedy
The Love Parade 1929 by
Rio Rita 1929 book by: from the Ziegfeld production
The Love Doctor 1929 adaptation
The Five O'Clock Girl 1928 writer
Oh Kay! 1928 play
Lady Be Good 1928 libretto
Tiptoes 1927 book for stage musical "Tip-Toes"
The Dark Angel 1925 play - as H.B. Trevelyan
Grounds for Divorce 1925 adaptation
Sally 1925 play
Secrets of the Night 1924 play "The Nightcap"
Adam and Eva 1923 play
The Cave Girl 1921 play
Polly with a Past 1920 play
Oh, Lady, Lady 1920 play
Oh Boy! 1919 book for stage musical "Oh Boy!"
Marriage 1918 story
Great Performances 1999 TV Series libretto "Girl Crazy" - 1 episode
Adorable Julia 1988 TV Movie play by
Au théâtre ce soir 1973-1980 TV Series play - 2 episodes
The Jazz Age 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen! 1968 TV Movie adaptation
Anastasia 1967/II TV Movie english adaptation
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 play - uncredited
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen! 1962 TV Movie novel "Don't Listen, Ladies!"
Adorable Julia 1962 play
Anything Goes 1962 TV Movie
Gran teatro 1962 TV Series 1 episode
Bezaubernde Julia 1960 TV Movie play
Armchair Theatre 1960 TV Series play - 1 episode
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre TV Series 1 episode, 1959 adaptation - 1 episode, 1953
ITV Television Playhouse 1958 TV Series adaptation - 1 episode
Anastasia 1956 play adaptation
Anything Goes 1956 play
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen! 1954 TV Movie english version - english version
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series from the book by - 1 episode
Broadway Television Theatre 1953 TV Series play - 1 episode
Larger Than Life 1952 TV Movie
Musical Comedy Time 1950 TV Series play - 2 episodes
Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 TV Series play - 1 episode
Kraft Theatre 1949 TV Series play - 1 episode
Words and Music 1948 story
Easter Parade 1948 uncredited
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 story
Week-End at the Waldorf 1945 adaptation
Ziegfeld Follies 1945 uncredited



Boardwalk Empire 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 lyrics: "Till The Clouds Roll By" - uncredited



Sunday Serenade 1950 TV Series composer - 1 episode

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The Cuckoos 1930 lyrics and music by

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