A show without a love-song is
as rare as a Dodo. Bitter Sweet is all love songs. From the time
it was first produced at His Majesty's in July 1929, young lovers,
errand boys and every dance band in the world have been haunted
by its music. Few musicals have produced so many tunes that are
so well remembering. Fewer still have shot their composers to
such lasting fame. Here, on this record, the husband and wife
team of James Pease and Adele Leigh, sing the music created-and
so often sung -by Noel Coward. It is not difficult to imagine,
watching Coward today, as he crouches over a microphone in a
night club singing breathlessly 'I'll See You Again,' the effect
it must have had when it was heard for the first time in a Britain
slowly recovering from the Depression.
It is not difficult to understand, either, why tunes like 'Tokay,'
'Dear Little Café' and 'Zigeuner' forced a revival of
Bitter Sweet at the Lyceum less than two years after it first
opened. It is not difficult either to realise why, on some wavelength,
from some radio station in the world, the music of Bitter Sweet
will be a part of the day's programme.