The Great Waltz (Revised)

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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

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  • Set in Vienna in the spring-time, featuring a conflict between a father (Johann Strauss, Sr.) and his son (Johann Strauss, Jr.), laced with overtures of romance; and through it all a score comprising some of the most loved waltzes ever written by the father and son on whose lives the plot is based, and who are truly regarded as the greatest waltz composers of all time. Among a host of tunes, this show contains both “The Radetzky March” and, of course, “The Blue Danube”.

  • THE GREAT WALTZ
    Musical Adaptation by ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD, ROBERT WRIGHT
    and GEORGE FORREST
    Lyrics by WRIGHT and FORREST
    Additional Lyrics by FORMAN BROWN
    Book by JEROME CHODOROV based on the version by
    MOSS HART and MILTON LAZARUS as produced by EDWIN LESTER
    for the Los Angeles and San Francisco
    Civic Light Opera Associations

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    THE GREAT WALTZ
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Instrumentation: 22 Parts

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute I & Piccolo
    1 Flute II & Piccolo
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Bassoon
    1 Horn I
    1 Horn II
    1 Trumpet I (Bb & C)
    1 Trumpet II (Bb)
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Percussion
    Timpani (3 Drums)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Tambourine
    Wood Block
    Bass Drum
    Cymbals: Suspended (2 sizes)
    Hand
    Tam Tam
    Triangles
    Bell Tree
    Cow Bell (optional)
    Glockenspiel (Soft and Hard Mallets)
    Vibraphone
    1 Harp
    1 Piano-Celeste (2 volumes)
    1 Accordion

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    13     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Parts
    4       Conductor’s Scores for Principal Characters

  • (In Order of Appearance)

    Organ Grinder – Chorus
    First Composer – Chorus
    Second Composer – Chorus
    Third Composer – Chorus
    Fourth Composer – Chorus
    Ebeseder
    Albert
    Katie
    Hirsch
    Dommayer
    Resi
    Helene Vernet
    Captain Elliot
    Johann Strauss, Jr. (Schani)
    Hartkopf
    Johann Strauss, Sr.
    Clerk – Chorus
    Fritz – Dancer
    Drexler
    Ernst – Chorus
    Ling Ching
    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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