LP0242. ERNEST IN LOVE, Original 1960 Cast, w.Lelia Martin, John Irving, Gerraine Raphael, Louis Edmonds, Lucy Landau, George Hall. Columbia stereo grey label Columbia OS 2027.
“ERNEST IN LOVE is a musical with a romantic love book and lyrics by Anne Croswell and music by Lee Pockriss. It is based on THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners. The two-act musical is an expanded version of the hour-long musical WHO'S EARNEST? televised on The United States Steel Hour in 1957.
The production was directed by Harold Stone and choreographed by Frank Derbas. It opened on 4 May, 1960, at the Gramercy Arts Theatre, where it was warmly received by the critics but ran for only 103 performances. The cast included Louis Edmonds as Algernon, John Irving as Jack, Leila Martin as Gwendolen, Gerrianne Raphael as Cecily, Sara Seegar as Lady Bracknell, Lucy Landau as Miss Prism, George Hall as Dr. Chausable, Christina Gillespie as Effie, and Alan Shayne as Lane.”