Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The Name "Florodora"
Legend has it that the name of the show, the word"Florodora", was cooked up with the help of the J. Grossmith & Son London firm of perfumers.
It is supposed to be "love the smell of flowers" not "Adore flora". But it has been often misspelled "Floradora" ever since. (Floradora is the brand name of a design of Royal Doulton dishware, among other things).
Unlike G&S Operettas, it has no subtitle, although "The Queen of the Philippine Islands" is often cited. The score merely says "A Musical Comedy".