HELLZAPOPPIN

Privately published, 1938. Ole (original illustration). 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition, presentation copy. Two copies with printed wrappers bound- in of HELLZAPOPPIN - one copyrighted 1938, the other copyrighted 1940 - custom-bound in full, crushed moroccan leather, gilt ruled, dentelles, heavy marbelized endpapers, with gilt titles front cover - First Copy of the First Edition of HELLZAPOPPIN Winter Garden Theatre Sept 22, 1938 - Dec 17, 1941 1404 Performances Presented to Lambs Club by The Authors and Producers Olsen and Johnson. On flyleaf is a full page original illustration in black ink signed Ole with two cartoon figures flanking the inscription: "To The Lambs/ Lest You Forget/ The Maniacs Olsen (signed) and Johnson (signed)/ March 14, 1943" with one figure proclaiming "sons of fun", the other bearing a placard "Hellzapoppin" The musical revue, a vaudevillian romp with risque humor, had songs by music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Charles Tobias. The revue was a hit, running for over three years, and was at the time the longest-running Broadway musical, with 1,404 performances. A national tour followed, and a movie version with the playwright performers plus Martha Ray, followed in 1941. In 1976, there was a stage revival starring Jerry Lewis and Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road, never making it back to Broadway. Near Fine. Item #011173

Price: $2,250.00