The first day's sale in Boston, where the show played its pre-Broadway run, was an impressive $21,000.
Rehearsals began on November 8, 1927.
Originally Sidney Blackmer was to play Lt. Richard Fry. After rehearsing one day, Blackmer and producer Florenz Ziegfeld jointly decided that the role needed a musical comedy performer. Oliver McLennan, an Australian tenor, was hired.
There was a possible run in Philadelphia discussed but the show remained in Boston for its entire pre-Broadway tryout.