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The Messenger Boy is a musical comedy in two acts by James T. Tanner and Alfred Murray, lyrics by Adrian Ross and Percy Greenbank and music by Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton. After a tryout in Plymouth, it opened at the Gaiety Theatre in London, managed by George Edwardes, on 3 February 1900 and ran for a very successful 429 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

HOOKER PASHA (Commissioner of the Nile) Mr. Harry Nicholls
COSMOS BEY (Agent to Hooker Pasha) Mr. E. J. Lonnen
CLIVE RADNOR (a Queen's Messenger) Mr. L. Mackinder
CAPTAIN POTT (of the "S.S. Shark") Mr. Fred. Wright, Jun.
PROFESSOR PHUNCKWITZ (a German Egyptologist) Mr. Willie Warde
COMTE LE FLEURY Mr. Robert Nainby
MR. TUDOR PYKE (a Financier) Mr. John Tresahar
LORD PUNCHESTOWN (Governor of El Barra) Mr. William Wyes
CAPTAIN NAYLOR (of the P. and O. "S.S. Sirdar") Mr. Harry Grattan
MR. GASCOIGNE (an Amateur Journalist) Mr. A. Hatherton
PURSER Mr. J. Thompson
MR. TROTTER Mr. F. Standen
TOMMY BANG (a District Messenger) Mr. Edmund Payne
NORA (Lady Punchestown's Step-daughter) Miss Violet Lloyd
DAISY DAPPLE (a Lady Journalist) Miss Grace Palotta
MRS. BANG (Tommy's Mother) Miss Connie Ediss
LADY PUNCHESTOWN (a Leader of London Society) Miss Maud Hobson
ISABEL BLYTH Miss Rosie Boote
LADY WINIFRED Miss Margaret Fraser
CECILIA GOWER Miss Maie Saqui
ROSA (Lady Punchestown's Maid) Miss Katie Seymour

Musical Numbers

ACT I -  Scene 1 -   Hôtel de Luxe, Thames Embankment.

ACT I -  Scene 2 -   Brindisi.

ACT II -  Scene 1 -   Cairo;     Scene 2 - Up the Nile;     Scene 3 - El Barra.

Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 24 and 26 are by Ivan Caryll.
Nos. 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 25 are by Lionel Monckton.
No. 20 was composed by A. D. Cammeyer and J. M. Capel.
No. 27 is attributed jointly to both Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton.


External Links
The Messenger Boy at Wikipedia
Vocal Score at the Internet Archive

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