THE EARL AND THE GIRL, which reopened the famous Casino in New York after this historic playhouse had been closed for several months following the fire which drove Lady Teazle out of New York, is an English importation. It ran for something like two years in London at George Edwardes’ Gaiety Theater, with Willie Edouin playing the leading role. When the piece opened in New York it was far better known in other cities than in the metropolis, for many months ago it was put on in Chicago and played there for a long while, subsequently going into the Boston Theater for an extended engagement. Ivan Caryll, composer of The Duchess of Danzig and other equally successful English musical comedies, is responsible for the music, while Seymour Hicks and Percy Greenback wrote the book and lyrics. The American version, which was changed a great deal to fit the peculiar fun-making abilities of Eddie Foy, who was virtually made the star of the piece when it was produced in New York, was staged by Richard Burnsides. The story, in brief, is of how the earl of Stole (Victor Morley), who is in financial distress, is about to give a house party to an American girl (Georgia Caine), whom he is desirous of marrying. An animal trainer, Jim Cheese (Eddie Foy), who is down on his luck, breaks into the earl’s place at this time, just as the bailiffs are about to attach the estate for debt. To make it possible to continue with the house party, the earl persuades the animal trainer to change places with him, the comedy opportunities thus afforded being rather unusual.
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