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Roberta

Description

ROBERTA features some of Jerome Kern’s most enduring hits and is set in the glamorous world of elegant Parisian fashion.

Synopsis

John Kent is a star football player, who finds his talents are more appreciated on the gridiron than on the dance floor of the Alpha Beta Phi Fraternity House of Haverhill College. His fiancée, Sophie Teale is irked at his clumsiness and embarrassing lack of ballroom charm. They quarrel and Sophie leaves for Paris with her mother.

John becomes heir to Roberta’s, an exclusive dress shop in Paris. He and Stephanie, a Russian exiled princess who is the dress designer of the establishment, together put on a stunning fashion show accompanied by an on-stage band.

John is jealous of Ladislaw, the doorman at Roberta’s, who seems to be very intimate with Stephanie. Later he finds that Ladislaw is only her cousin and is delighted. ”Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Lovely To Look At, “Let’s Begin” and ”Devastating” are among the hit Jerome Kern tunes from this show.

Credits

Book and Lyrics by Otto Harbach
Adapted from Alice Duer Miller’s novel “Gowns by Roberta”
Music by Jerome Kern

Orchestration

Full Orchestration:

1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

1 Flute
1 Oboe & English Horn
1 Clarinet
1 Bassoon

1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone

1 Percussion

1 Piano I (doubles Celeste)
1 Piano II

Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book
40     Dialogue Parts
8       Vocal Parts
25     Chorus Parts

Brief History

ROBERTA played for 295 performances on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre starring Tamara Drasin, Bob Hope, George Murphy, Lyda Roberti, Fred MacMurray, Fay Templeton, Ray Middleton and Sydney Greenstreet.