The Merry Widow (L.A. 1961)

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  • The baron who serves as ambassador of the kingdom of Marsovia wishes his attaché Prince Danilo would wed the wealthy widow Sonia to help the kingdom’s finances, and the couple falls in love despite themselves, in Franz Lehars operetta.

  • Adrian Ross …. Lyricist
    Ben Roberts …. Bookwriter
    Franz Lehár …. Composer
    Leo Stein …. Bookwriter
    Sidney Sheldon …. Bookwriter
    Victor Leon …. Bookwriter

  • INSTRUMENTATION: 20 PARTS

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute I
    1 Flute II
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Bassoon
    1 Horn I
    1 Horn II
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Percussion
    1 Harp

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    18      Dialogue Parts
    37     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • (in the order of their appearance)

    Major Domo
    Nish
    Popoff
    Natalie
    Chevalier St. Brioche
    Vicomte Cascada
    Sylvaine (Madame Khadja)
    Olga (Madame Novikovich)
    Navikovich
    Khadja
    Capt. Pierre De Jolidon
    Sonia
    Prince Danilo

    Girls from Maxim’s:
    Lolo
    Cloclo
    Dodo
    Margot
    Joujou
    Froufrou

    Michael
    ZoZo
    Guests, Lackeys, Housemaids and Musicians
    Singing Ladies
    Singing Gentleman
    Dancing Girls
    Dancing Boys

  • Opening:
    October 26, 1961
    Closing: unknown
    # Performances: 12
    Theatres: Jan Hus Playhouse (New York, NY)
    10/26/1961 – ?

    The operetta was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 30 December 1905 and had several very successful productions in Austria and Germany. In its English adaptation by Basil Hood, with lyrics by Adrian Ross, the show became a sensation in London in 1907, starring Lily Elsie and opened a few months later on Broadway for a very successful run. Thereafter, it was played frequently in America and throughout the English speaking world, and is still frequently revived in English.
    Well-known music from the score includes the songs “Vilja”, “You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s”, and “The Merry Widow Waltz”

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