The story centres around a brash, bold American divorcee, Mimi Paragon, who works as a hostess on the British cruise ship SS Carolonia.
For the Boston production:
The Boston Herald:
"Coward's SailAwayhas brilliant opening. The newest of the remarkable Mr Coward's solo achievements is a bright, funny, sassy and
evely now and then romantic musical comedy .., the evening was Mr Coward's and for all of his functions he should take a low bow,"
L.A. Garney in the Boston Daily Record:
"Glamour is the word as new Coward comedy thrills ... It may not be as good as Bitler Sweet but each musical interval seems delightful n, sing. More, the mating of the words to musical sound is as good as anything Mr Coward has ever done,"
Cyrus Durgin in the Bosun: Globe.
"Sail Away music good but show needs comedy ... but fitfullyentenaining ... goes back lathe musical-show-tor-run in the form ula of vignette treatment that Grand Hoteislaned years ago." The Herald: 'jean Fenn (as Verity) sings beautifully and looks exquisite in a role that seems oddly artificial and even cold, despite its ernor ional outlines."
For the New York production:
Howard Taubman in the New York Times: "big, handsome, rakish musical."
Richard Colman in the New York Daily Mirror: "Sail Away docked at the
Broadhurst Iasi evening and we predict that it will be tied up at that
amusement pier for many months lacarne. This is not masterpiece of song
and dance, not oIT Coward '$ top comedy shelf, and doesn't have a song
comparable to those pop classics he penned for Biller Sweet bUI it has an
invigorating vitality that we find irresistible."
Thc New }'orkjoumolAtncrimn: "Coward Musical cruises to Nowhere."
The original US cast were led by Elaine Stritch and Charles Braswell.
The UK cast were led by Elaine Stritch with David Holliday, Mavis Villiers and Grover Dale.
(Maggie Fitzgibbon and Kevin Colson subsequently led an Australian production.)