Bloomer Girl


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.

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  • 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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    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Serena Applegate, mother
    Married Daughters:
    Daisy, maid, young comedienne
    Evalina Applegate, youngest daughter, heroine
    Horatio Applegate, father
    Gus, the coachman
    Joshua Dingle
    Herman Brasher
    Ebenezer Mimms
    Wilfred Thrush
    Hiram Crump
    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
    Governor’s Aide

    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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