Friday, November 4, 2016
The Two Bouquets
This is a sweet little novelette based on an operetta (!) by Eleanor and her brother, Herbert. The musical ran in London for 9 months in 1936, and for six weeks on Broadway. It was revived in 1952 and has probably never been seen since, but it is a fun, fluffy little story and I'd love to see it performed; I bet it's very enjoyable. The music is all Victorian songs, because the story is set in 1876.
Kate and Laura are cousins, and each is in love with a young man. Both fellows are coming to the ball that Kate's mother is hosting tonight, but they're a bit worried about how their suits will be received, and so they each buy a bouquet that will do the talking for them. But Kate's brother has been up to a few shenanigans of his own, and he mixes up the bouquets, with interesting results. Everyone is at cross purposes, which get crosser and crosser until Regatta Day is rained out.
A Bollywood director could profitably steal this plot and tweak it to suit. It would make a great Bollywood movie! Deepika Padukone as Laura, Shahid Kapoor could be Julian...yeah.