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The Merry Widow (L.A. 1961)

Description

Synopsis

The baron who serves as ambassador of the kingdom of Marsovia wishes his attaché Prince Danilo would wed the wealthy widow Sonia to help the kingdom’s finances, and the couple falls in love despite themselves, in Franz Lehár’s operetta.

Credits

English Lyrics by Adrian Ross
English Book by Ben Roberts & Sidney Sheldon
Music by Franz Lehár
Original Book by Leo Stein & Victor Leon

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

THE MERRY WIDOW
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

INSTRUMENTATION: 20 PARTS

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute I
1 Flute II
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Percussion
1 Harp

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
18     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Books

Cast List

(in the order of their appearance)

Major Domo
Nish
Popoff
Natalie
Chevalier St. Brioche
Vicomte Cascada
Sylvaine (Madame Khadja)
Olga (Madame Novikovich)
Navikovich
Khadja
Capt. Pierre De Jolidon
Sonia
Prince Danilo

Girls from Maxim’s:
Lolo
Cloclo
Dodo
Margot
Joujou
Froufrou

Michael
ZoZo
Guests, Lackeys, Housemaids and Musicians
Singing Ladies
Singing Gentleman
Dancing Girls
Dancing Boys

Brief History

Opening:
October 26, 1961
Closing: unknown
# Performances: 12
Theatres: Jan Hus Playhouse (New York, NY)
10/26/1961 – ?

The operetta was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 30 December 1905 and had several very successful productions in Austria and Germany. In its English adaptation by Basil Hood, with lyrics by Adrian Ross, the show became a sensation in London in 1907, starring Lily Elsie and opened a few months later on Broadway for a very successful run. Thereafter, it was played frequently in America and throughout the English speaking world, and is still frequently revived in English.
Well-known music from the score includes the songs “Vilja”, “You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s”, and “The Merry Widow Waltz”