The Vagabond King

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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.

  • Credits
  • 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.