The operetta BABES IN TOYLAND weaves together characters and themes from the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, creating a spectacular, Christmas-themed musical extravaganza. It features many of Victor Herbert’s most beloved songs, including Toyland; March of the Toys; Go to Sleep, Slumber Deep; and The Toymaker’s Workshop.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
Music by Victor Herbert
Book and Lyrics by Glen MacDonough
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Flute and Piccolo
1 Clarinet I & II (Bb)
1 Horn I & II (F)
1 Trumpet I & II (Bb) — includes Stage & Toy Trumpet cues
Timpani (2 drums)
Bass Drum & Cymbals
Snare Drum & Triangle
Stage cues for: Toy Drum, Toy Cymbal, miscellaneous Toy Instruments, Rooster, Cuckoo, Doll, Rattle, Cow, Duck, Dog & Whistle.
1 Harp (three numbers only)
2 Stage Instruments:
I: Trumpet, 3 Toy Trumpets, Toy Drum, Toy Cymbal, Whistle, Dog & Duck
II: Miscellaneous Toy Instruments, Cow, Doll, Rattle, Cuckoo & Rooster
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
30 Additional Prompt Books
31 Chorus-Vocal Parts
BABES IN TOYLAND was first shown at the Grand Opera House in Chicago in June, 1903, before it moved on to Broadway for its October 13 opening at the Majestic Theatre, where it played for 192 performances. The show returned to Broadway already in 1905, and it has been revived there several times. Although many versions with interpolated numbers existed during the initial productions of the show, this version is the only one sanctioned for stock and amateur performance by its composer, Victor Herbert.
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