2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Off-Broadway Version (1960)
A witty adaptation of Oscar Wilde's sparkling play about social hypocrisy among Victorian England's wealthy elite.
Oscar Wilde's outlandish, The Importance of Being Ernest is one of the most clever 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.
In 19th century England mischief and mayhem abound when two young gentlemen find themselves in over their heads. Posing as a fictitious brother, "Ernest," Jack successfully escapes his country estate to gallivant in London and court the lovely Gwendolyn. Meanwhile, Jack's friend Algernon avoids dining with his aunt, the persnickety Lady Bracknell, by visiting his "very ill" imaginary friend. Hilarity ensues when reality and fantasy collide, causing confusion and threatening the love lives of both Jack and Algernon.
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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Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.