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Tangerine (musical)

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A Musical Satire of the Sexes
Original sheet music cover
MusicMonte Carlo
Alma M. Sanders
LyricsHoward Johnston
BookPhilip Bartholomae
Guy Bolton
BasisPhilip Bartholomae & Lawrence Langner play
Productions1921 Broadway

Tangerine is a musical with music by Monte Carlo and Alma M. Sanders, lyrics by Howard Johnston, about three men jailed for not paying alimony, written by Philip Bartholomae and Guy Bolton.[1][2]

The piece premiered on Broadway at the Casino Theatre in 1921, running for 361 performances, one of two hits from the season (the other being Shuffle Along).[1]


Dick Owens gets jailed with his three friends, he for a brawl and his friends for not paying alimony. Owens is visited in jail by Shirley Dalton, the girl he loves. She has decided not to marry him until his jailed friends are happily back with their wives. Owens takes his friends then escapes to Tangerine, a South Sea isle run by King Home-Brew, an American expatriate. In Tangerine, the women do all the work while the men stay at home. Eventually the men are sick of the stay at home life, and all couples are reunited.[1]

Original production

The show premiered on Broadway at the Casino Theatre on August 9, 1921, and closed August 26, 1922, running for 361 performances.[3] It was directed by Carle Carlton, set design Lee Simonson and P. Dodd Ackerman, costume design Dorothy Armstrong, Mme. Francis, and Pieter Mayer, and musical direction by Gus Kleinecke.

The cast included Julia Sanderson (Shirley Dalton), California Four (Tangerine Police Force), Becky Cauble (Elsie Loring), Mary Collins (Akamai), Frank Crumit (Dick Owens), Grace DeCarlton (Aoha Oe), Helen Frances (Kulikuli), Carolyn Hancock (Ukola), John E. Hazzard (King Home-Brew/Joe Perkins "The Easy Boss"), Joseph Herbert, Jr. (Fred Allen), Frank Holbrook (Oro), Brooke Johns (Kate Allen), P. A. Leonard (A Warden), Anna Ludmilla (Arameda), Jeannetta Methven (Noa), Victoria White (Huhu), Wayne Nunn (Clarence), Edna Pierre (Kate Allen), Harry Puck (Jack Floyd), Billy Rhodes (Lee Loring), Ruth Rollins (Polihu), Nerene Swinton (Pilikia), Gladys Wilson (Mildred Floyd), and Hazel Wright (Aloha). Allen Kearns would eventually play the role of Lee Loring.[4]

Song list

Music by Monte Carlo and Alma M. Sanders; lyrics by Howard E. Johnson (Unless otherwise noted)


  1. ^ a b c Bordman, Gerald; Bordman, Gerald Martin; Norton, Richard (2010). American Musical Theatre. ISBN 9780199729708.
  2. ^ Carlo, Monte, Alma M Sanders, and Howard E Johnson. Isle of Tangerine. Leo Feist, Inc., New York, NY, 1921. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, [1]. (Accessed August 17, 2016.)
  3. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2009-04-22). Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts of More Than 14,000 Shows through 2007. ISBN 9780786453092.
  4. ^ http://www.playbill.com/production/tangerine-casino-theatre-vault-0000002935
  5. ^ "157.127 - You and I (Atta Baby). Song. | Levy Music Collection". levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
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