THE VAGABOND KING is an operetta in four acts based on Justin Huntly McCarthy’s 1901 romantic novel and play If I Were King. The story paints an episode in the life of 15th-century poet and thief François Villon, centering on his wooing of Katherine De Vaucelles (the cousin of King Louis XI), and relating how he becomes “king for a day” and defends France against the invading forces of the Duke of Burgundy.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
Music by Rudolf Friml
Book by Brian Hooker and William H. Post
Based on If I Were King by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Lyrics by Brian Hooker and William H. Post
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
17 Prompt Books for Dialogue
7 Vocal Parts for Soloists
25 Chorus Parts
4 Piano Conductor Scores for Principals
THE VAGABOND KING opened on Broadway at the Casino Theatre, September 21, 1925. It was later transferred to the Century Theatre and played for a total of 511 performances starring Dennis King in the title role and Carolyn Thomson as Katherine de Vaucelles.