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 Lehár’s operetta.

  • English Lyrics by Adrian Ross
    English Book by Ben Roberts & Sidney Sheldon
    Music by Franz Lehár
    Original Book by Leo Stein & Victor Leon

    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 MERRY WIDOW
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • 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 for Director
    18     Dialogue Parts
    37     Chorus-Vocal Books

  • (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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