Mexican Hayride is a musical with a book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and staged by Hassard Short.
Produced by Michael Todd, the Broadway production, opened on January 28, 1944 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 481 performances. Cast included Bobby Clark, June Havoc, George Givot and Wilbur Evans.
After successfully fighting a bull in Mexico, Montana, a lady bullfighter, is about to throw the ear to David, the American chargé d'affaires, when she spots the fugitive, Joe, and in anger throws the ear at him. This has the effect of making him a hero. Joe joins with a speculator to form a national lottery. Mexican authorities get after them and they are forced to flee. They show up as mariachi players, and in another town as tortilla vendors. They are finally snared and Joe has to return to the U.S. to face trial. Montana and David are reunited.
A cast recording of the original production is available.
The film version of Mexican Hayride (1948) became a vehicle for Abbott and Costello and used no Cole Porter songs from the musical.
Sing to Me, Guitar
The Good-Will Movement
I Love You
There Must Be Someone for Me
What a Crazy Way to Spend Sunday
Count Your Blessings