Bitter Sweet

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  • Brief History
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  • Everything that wealthy London society had to offer a properly brought-up girl lay at the feet of little Sarah Millick in 1875; but she fell so desperately in love with her handsome young singing master that she threw it all away in order to be with him. In Vienna, five poverty-stricken years later, her adored Carl is killed in a duel. But his music lives on as the self-reliant Sarah earns fame throughout Europe with her singing. Finally returning to England, she marries the elderly Marquis of Shayne who has waited so patiently for her. Years later, at a madly bright party in the late 1920s, she tells her story, winning the grudging admiration of the smart young set. The Marchioness, they decide, must have been a gay old bird.

  • Book, Music and Lyrics by Noël Coward.

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute I & II (Flute II doubles Piccolo)
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I & II (in Bb and A)
    1 Bassoon

    1 Horn I & II (in F)
    1 Trumpet I & II (in Bb and A)
    2 Trombone I & II

    1 Percussion:

    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum with Cymbals
    Timpani (2)
    Suspended Cymbal
    Triangle
    Bells (Glockenspiel)
    1 Harp & Celeste

    STAGE BAND:
    1 Piano (cued in Piano-Conductor’s Score)
    1 Bass (cued in pit orchestra Bass part)
    1 Trap Drum Set (cued in pit orchestra Percussion part)
    1 Violins (2 players, cued in pit orchestra Violin I part)
    1 Clarinet & Alto Saxophone (cued in pit orchestra Clarinet I & II part)
    1 Guitar (cued in pit orchestra Violin II part)
    1 Accordion (cued in pit orchestra Harp part)

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material. (There is no Piano in the orchestration.)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    35     Dialogue Parts
    43     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Marchioness of Shayne – In 1929, a seventy year old woman, slim figured and with snow white hair.
    Sarah Millick – In 1875, Lady Shayne as a girl, seventeen.
    Madame Sari Linden – In 1880, Carl’s wife.
    Marquis of Shayne – In 1895, a distinguished old man.
    Carl Linden – Music Master to Sarah, later her husband.
    Manon (La Crevette) – A French café singer.
    Vincent Howard – Band Leader, an amiable young man.
    Dolly Chamberlin – An attractive girl, about twenty.
    Henry Jekyll – Engaged to Dolly, older and faintly pompous.
    Young friends of Dolly Chamberlin:
          Nita
          Helen
          Jackie
          Frank
    Mrs. Violet Millick – Sarah’s mother.
    Hon. Hugh Devon – In 1875, engaged to Sarah.
    Lady Devon – Hugh’s mother.
    Mrs. Margaret Devon – In 1895, Hugh’s wife, fat and vague.
    Sir Arthur Frenchurch – A pompous looking old gentleman.
    Four Footmen – A male quartet.
    Sarah’s bridesmaids, and the girls sextet:
          Victoria (later, Lady Steere)
          Harriet (later, Lady James)
          Gloria (later, Mrs. Proutie)
          Effie (later, Mrs. Bethel)
          Jane (later, Mrs. Vale)
          Honor (later, Lady Sorrel)
    Young men, who later become the husbands of Sarah’s bridesmaids:
          Lord Edgar James
          Mr. Proutie
          Mr. Bethel
          Mr. Vale
          Lord Sorrel
          Lord Steele
    Ladies of the town, girls quartet:
          Lotte
          Hansi
          Freda
          Gussi
    Fritz – A French café waiter.
    Herr Schlick – Vienna Café owner, oily and ingratiating.
    Captain August Lutte – Debonaire and imposing looking.
    Lieut. Tranisch – Lutte’s aide.
    Captain Schensi – A singing Officer.
    The Prater girls – Dancers:
          Lisa
          Trude
          Fritzi
          Toni
          Greta
          Ella
    The Green Carnation quartet:
          Vernon Craft – A poet.
          Cedrick Ballantyne – A painter.
          Lord Henry Jade – A dilettante.
          Bertram Sellick – A playwright.
    Young Man – Foreign looking, accompanist for Sari Linden.
    Parker – Lady Shayne’s butler.
    Butler – Lord Shayne’s butler.
    Among the guests at Lord Shayne’s house, 1895:
    Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Meadowes
    Mr. & Mrs. Vivian Naylor
    Miss Mosscrock
    Sir George and Lady Churt

  • BITTER SWEET was first produced in 1929 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, where it ran for 967 performances. It played on Broadway at the Ziegfeld and Shubert Theatres for 159 performances. It opened on November 4, 1929 and starred Evelyn Laye, Gerald Nodin, Mireille, and Desmond Jeans.

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