Bitter Sweet

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  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • 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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