Roberta

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  • John Kent is a star football player, who finds his talents are more appreciated on the gridiron than on the dance floor of the Alpha Beta Phi Fraternity House of Haverhill College. His fiancée, Sophie Teale is irked at his clumsiness and embarrassing lack of ballroom charm. They quarrel and Sophie leaves for Paris with her mother.

    John becomes heir to Roberta’s, an exclusive dress shop in Paris. He and Stephanie, a Russian exiled princess who is the dress designer of the establishment, together put on a stunning fashion show accompanied by an on-stage band.

    John is jealous of Ladislaw, the doorman at Roberta’s, who seems to be very intimate with Stephanie. Later he finds that Ladislaw is only her cousin and is delighted. ”Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Lovely To Look At,” “Let’s Begin” and ”Devastating” are among the hit Jerome Kern tunes from this show.

  • Book and Lyrics by Otto Harbach
    Adapted from Alice Duer Miller’s novel “Gowns by Roberta”
    Music by Jerome Kern

  • Full Orchestration:

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin C
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute
    1 Oboe & English Horn
    1 Clarinet
    1 Bassoon

    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion

    1 Piano I (doubles Celeste)
    1 Piano II

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    40     Dialogue Parts
    8       Vocal Parts
    25     Chorus Parts

  • (In order of their appearance, as they speak)
    BABE FACE, The Flapper
    “GIN” BLOSSOM, the freshman
    BILLIE, The Hoofer
    HUCKLEBERRY HAINES, the crooner
    SOPHIE TEALE, the debutante
    MRS. TEALE, her mother
    JOHN KENT, the fullback
    AUNT MINNIE (Trade name “Roberta”)
    LADISLAW, the doorman
    STEPHANIE, the assistant to Roberta
    LORD HENRY DELVES, the friend of Roberta
    MME. NUNEZ (SCHARWENKA) The Star customer
    MARIE, the stylist
    MME. ANNA GRANDET
    SIDONIE, the presser
    LUELLA LA VERNE, the model
    M. LEROUX, the solicitor
    “THE COLLEGIANS” the jazz band
    ANGELA, the Assistant

  • ROBERTA played for 295 performances on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre starring Tamara Drasin, Bob Hope, George Murphy, Lyda Roberti, Fred MacMurray, Fay Templeton, Ray Middleton and Sydney Greenstreet.

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