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The Messenger Boy

First line:
There's a girl you may have met
first performed on 3 February 1900 at the Gaiety Theatre
author of text
under the pseudonym Leslie Mayne

The Messenger Boy (Gaiety, 3 February 1900) was the first Gaiety show to offer a change from the customary ‘girl’ titles. Edmund Payne was Tommy Bang, who is supposed to be delivering a promissory note but is given a compromising letter instead. The big hit was Maisie, sung by a totally incidental character played by Rosie Boote, who was rewarded for her success by making the real-life transition from chorus girl to aristocracy by becoming the Marchioness of Headfort. It was in singing this song on tour that Gertie Millar first attracted Lionel Monckton, leading to her transition to star status at the Gaiety.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2008


Monckton: Songs from the shows
CDA67654Archive Service


No 18: Maisie  There's a girl you may have met
Track 10 on CDA67654 [6'05] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67654 track 10

Recording date
3 July 2007
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Monckton: Songs from the shows (CDA67654)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 2008
    Deletion date: August 2013
    Archive Service
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