Early British Musicals
Gertie Millar and the Edwardesian LegacyKen Reeves has produced a series of in-depth studies and a series of associated and separately published audio CDs to bring to light the magnificent achievements of the British musical comedy stage during the quarter of a century which ran from the early 1890s until the end of the First World War when Lionel Monckton, Ivan Caryll, Paul Rubens, Howard Talbot, Leslie Stuart and Sidney Jones were writing their musical comedy show music and when Gertie Millar and George Edwardes (of the famed Gaiety Theatre and Daly's Theatre) were respectively the major star and the major impresario of the London musical comedy stage.
This era has been commemorated by a highly detailed, originally researched and lavishly illustrated book entitled Gertie Millar and the Edwardesian Legacy which has been much acclaimed in the quarterly magazines Evergreen (Spring 2005) and This England (Autumn 2005). The book supplies a wealth of information on the life and career of Gertie Millar and on the development and accomplishments of the early British musical theatre whose enterprise, defined in the book's title as constituting an Edwardesian legacy, gives honour to the central importance of George Edwardes for the early British musical. For postcard enthusiasts the book's fourteenth and final chapter provides readers with a comprehensive account of the picture postcard portrayal of the British musical comedy stage through both its stage show imagery and through its extensive record of pictures of Gertie Millar.
The book is accompanied by a 70 minutes audio CD which features 24 delightful non-vocal tracks of some of the songs by which Gertie Millar gained her fame. Lyrics for the 24 songs are supplied in a booklet which is provided with the CD.
Other Book PublicationsTwo other audio CD-accompanied publications entitled Adrian Ross and the The Toreador musical and George Dance and the A Chinese Honeymoon musical have been produced by Ken Reeves to supply further detailed evidence through prose and music of the magnificent achievements of the late Victorian and the Edwardian musical comedy stage.
Audio CD PublicationsFive separately produced audio CDs of piano selections and lancers of some of the music which was written by Lionel Monckton, Ivan Caryll, Paul Rubens, Howard Talbot and Leslie Stuart for the late Victorian and Edwardian musicals add to the collection of Ken Reeves' publications which commemorate the achievements of the early British musical comedy theatre.
Full descriptive and purchasing details of all the above book and audio CD publications may be obtained by writing to: