Ernest In Love


Ernest In Love


Book by  Anne Croswell
Music by  Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by  Anne Croswell
Based on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G


A witty adaptation of Oscar Wilde's sparkling play about social hypocrisy among Victorian England's wealthy elite.
Oscar Wilde’s outlandish masterpiece is one of the cleverest comedies in the English language and the basis for this beguiling musical version. Featuring a score teaming with frothy melodies and clever lyrics, ERNEST IN LOVE is a delightful romp through love and manners.

Two young gentlemen well versed in the art of "Bunburying" (using a fictitious relative as an alibi to circumvent the responsibilities of proper social behavior) are beside themselves when they find their innocent fabrications taking over their love lives. Jack claims to have an irresponsible brother named Ernest, who is making trouble in London. This allows him to repeatedly slip away from his palatial country estate (and from his ward Cecily). Posing as Ernest, Jack courts the lovely Gwendolyn. Jack confesses his charade to his chum Algy, who in turn admits that he uses an imaginary sick friend called Mr. Bunbury to get out of dining with his aunt, Lady Bracknell, who happens to be Gwendolyn's mother. Of course, after all the mischief and confusion, there is a happy ending.

A faithful adaptation of Wilde's comic masterpiece, ERNEST IN LOVE features all of its much-beloved characters and most of the same production demands, with the addition of a small band. The clever, tuneful score is the perfect complement to Wilde's incomparable wordplay and immortal witticisms in this delightful reworking of what has been called "the funniest play in the English language."

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Victor Hugo's great classic Les Miserables was called "one of the best sellers of the ages." Within 24 hours of publication in 1862, the first Paris edition of 7,000 copies were completely sold out.

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