The story of THE GREAT WALTZ is loosely based on the real-life feud between the composer Johann Strauss Sr. and his son, Johann Strauss Jr., allegedly because of the father’s jealousy of his son’s greater talent. The operetta is set to the music of the two composers.
Photo by Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
Music by Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr., adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest
Additional lyrics by Forman Brown
Book by Jerome Chodorow from the original by Moss Hart and Milton Lazarus
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
13 Prompt Books for Dialogue Parts
31 Chorus-Vocal Parts
4 Conductor Scores for Vocal Parts
(In Order of Appearance)
Organ Grinder - Chorus
First Composer - Chorus
Second Composer - Chorus
Third Composer - Chorus
Fourth Composer - Chorus
Johann Strauss, Jr. (Schani)
Johann Strauss, Sr.
Clerk - Chorus
Fritz - Dancer
Ernst - Chorus
Doorman - Chorus
Frau Haberwatzel - Chorus
Countess von Lugenstein - Chorus
THE GREAT WALTZ (Revised) opened in 1949 at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera with Strauss’ music and new English-language lyrics adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest. This version was used for a London revival that opened at the Drury Lane Theatre on July 9, 1970 and ran for 605 performances.
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