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Alice May : Gilbert & Sullivan's First Prima Donna - Adrienne Simpson

Alice May

Gilbert & Sullivan's First Prima Donna


Published: 22nd August 2003
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Alice May is the archetype of the Gilbert and Sullivan prima donna. She ran away with her music teacher as a girl and landed in Australia, becoming that country's leading comic opera singer. As the head of her own company she toured Australia and New Zealand, eventually making her way to Britain via India, where she entered into successful partnerships and productions. Before she drank down the last of her last days in St. Louis--minus the music teacher--she had traveled oceans and brought down not a few houses. This biography brings it all within view, and helps fill-out the picture we have of a former period in musical theater.

"This biography of a forgotten performer is doubly welcome as a reminder of the many other singers like her who have devoted their lives to pursuing the phantom of fame while bringing pleasure to their audiences.."-Joe K. Law, "The Open Quarterly

Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Mysterious Miss Mayp. 1
"Green Girl in a Golden Land "p. 17
New Directions, New Rolesp. 31
Toast of the Antipodesp. 41
Indian Adventurep. 53
Crowned with Successp. 69
Working for D'Oyly Cartep. 83
Ally Pally to the Alhambrap. 103
Prima Donna in the Provincesp. 123
Starting Afresh in Americap. 137
Playing the Casinop. 157
"A Perfect Katisha"p. 171
Downward Spiralp. 183
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415937504
ISBN-10: 0415937507
Series: Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd August 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1