Play the Songs
- When The Boys Come Home
- Welcome Hinges
- The Farmer's Daughter
- It Was Good Enough For Gradma
- The Eagle And Me
- Right As The Rain
- T'morra T'morra
- The Rakish Young Man With The Whiskahs
- Sunday In Cicero Falls
- I Got A Song
- Satin Gown And Silver Shoe
- Liza Crossing The Ice
- Never Was Born
- Man For Sale
Set during the Civil War in the small Eastern manufacturing town of Cicero Falls, BLOOMER GIRL is the story of the rebellious Evalina Applegate, an abolitionist who falls in love with a Kentucky slave holder. The original production included a Civil War Ballet choreographed by Agnes De Mille. Musical numbers include: “When the Boys Come Home,” “Evalina,” “Right as the Rain,” “The Eagle and Me,” and “Sunday in Cicero Falls.”
Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Glocca Morra Music Corp.
By 1861, Horatio Applegate, a successful Yankee hoop skirt manufacturer with six attractive daughters, had carefully married five of them to good hoop skirt salesmen, but the sixth and youngest, Evalina, is more difficult to handle. She is passionately attached to her Aunt Dolly Bloomer, who is an ardent suffragette, the originator of the bloomer, and a believer in the emancipation of slaves. So Evalina works for her causes and even wears bloomers in defiance of her father.
Horatio decides that the best cure for Evalina is marriage, and he brings forth a handsome suitor from the southern hoop skirt district, Jefferson Lightfoot Calhoun of Kentucky. But Evalina suspects Jeff of having the same opinions as her father, so to test him she tricks him into freeing his own slave, Pompey.
This makes Evalina interested in Jeff, but it also gets him in to trouble with his own brother, Hamilton, the real business power of the southern district, who objects to Jeff giving away family property. Jeff almost gives Pompey back to Hamilton, thereby losing Evalina. She gets herself into trouble by championing a parade of Aunt Dolly’s Bloomer Girls and insists on going to jail with them. Everything is in a deplorable state until Jeff comes through by buying Pompey’s freedom, thus really winning Evalina’s love. The Governor of the state, an old suitor of Aunt Dolly’s, pardons the prisoners in the jail.
Shortly after this, Fort Sumter is fired upon and war looms above everything. But since Kentucky stays in the Union, Evalina and Jeff can be united and look forward to a happy life.
Book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy
Based on a play by Dan and Lilith James
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg
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Serena Applegate, mother
Daisy, maid, young comedienne
Evalina Applegate, youngest daughter, heroine
Horatio Applegate, father
Gus, the coachman
Aunt Dolly Bloomer, leading suffragette, and the creator of bloomers
Jefferson Lightfoot Calhoun, fresh young hero
Hamilton Calhoun, his older brother, business man
Pompey, Jeff’s slave
Alexander, a slave
Augustus, a slave
Sheriff Quimby and Three Deputies
Governor Newton, Aunt Dolly’s suitor
Prudence, Paula, Hetty, and other Bloomer Girls
Characters in the Play, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Buyers, Guests, Children, Townspeople, Policemen
BLOOMER GIRL played for 654 performances on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre starring Celeste Holm, David Brooks, Richard Huey, Joan McCracken and Dooley Wilson.
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