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George Grossmith

(1874—1935) actor–manager and playwright


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b. 11 May 1874, London, England, d. 6 June 1935, London, England. Following in the footsteps of his father, George Grossmith Snr., he was first on the London stage in Haste To The Wedding (1882), a musical play written by his father in collaboration with W.S. Gilbert. During the next few years he played minor roles in musical comedies such as The Baroness (1892), Morocco Bound (1893), and The Shop Girl (1894). For the remaining years of the nineteenth century he was mainly in non-musical productions. He then returned to musicals, including Great Caesar (1899), The Gay Pretenders (1900, which he wrote and in which co-starred his father), The Toreador (1901, contributing lyrics to some of Paul Rubens ’ songs), and The School Girl (1903, with which he went to the USA). Chiefly in these years, although Grossman made stage appearances he was deeply involved off-stage as writer or lyricist or producer with Gaiety Theatre productions, among which were The Spring Chicken (1905), The Girls Of Gottenberg (1907), Havana (1908), and Peggy (1911).

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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