The Desert Song




Photo by Friedman-Abeles © The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

             *Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner Bros. Music

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  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    Lyrics by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel
    Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

  • Full Orchestration

    1 Violin I (stand 1)
    1 Violin I (stand 2)
    1 Violin I (stand 3)
    1 Viola I
    1 Viola II
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute I & II
    1 Oboe / English Horn
    1 Clarinet I & II

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion
    1 Harp

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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    21     Dialogue Parts
    9       Vocal Parts
    25     Chorus Parts
    2       Vocal Scores for Margo and Red Shadow

  • Sid El Kar – “The Red Shadow’s” Lieutenant

    Neri – An old native woman

    Benjamin Kidd – Former society correspondent of the Paris Herald

    Capt. Paul Fontaine

    Margot Bonvalet – Guest of General Birabeau

    General Birabeau – Governor of a French Moroccan Province

    Pierre Birabeau – His only son

    Susan – His ward

    Ethel – Her friend

    Azuri – Ben Ali’s favorite

    Ali Ben Ali – Caid of a Riff tribe

    Clementine – A Spanish “lady”

    Mindar & Hassi – Leading members of the Red Shadow’s Band

    Sergeant La Vergne – Of the French Foreign Legion

    Sergeant De Boussac – Of the French Foreign Legion

    Note: Neri, Ethel, Mindar, La Vergne and De Boussac are bits to be played by chorus.

  • THE DESERT SONG opened on Broadway, November 30, 1926 at the Casino Theatre and later moved to the Century and Imperial Theatres, playing for a total of 471 performances starring Vivienne Segal and Robert Halliday. The operetta has been revived several times on Broadway, most recently by the New York City Opera in 1987.

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