This English adaptation of the Franz Lehár operetta opened on October 26, 1961 at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York City. Well-known music from the score includes the songs “Vilja,” “You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s,” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.”
The baron who serves as ambassador of the kingdom of Marsovia wishes his attaché Prince Danilo would wed the wealthy widow Sonia to help the kingdom’s finances, and the couple falls in love despite themselves.
THE MERRY WIDOW
Music by Franz Lehár
Based upon the London version by Christopher Hassall
Book revisions by Milton Lazarus
New lyrics by Forman Brown
Produced by Edwin Lester
The Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera Associations
The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:
THE MERRY WIDOW
is presented by arrangement with
Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company
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Instrumentation: 20 Parts
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Flute I
1 Flute II
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
(in order of appearance)
Chevalier St. Brioche
Sylvaine (Madame Khadja)
Olga (Madame Novikovich)
Capt. Pierre De Jolidon
Girls from Maxim’s:
Guests, Lackeys, Housemaids and Musicians
THE MERRY WIDOW, first presented at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on December 30, 1905, had several very successful productions in Austria and Germany. In its English adaptation by Basil Hood, with lyrics by Adrian Ross, the show became a sensation in London in 1907, starring Lily Elsie; it opened a few months later on Broadway for a very successful run. Thereafter, operetta played frequently in America and throughout the English-speaking world, and it remains a popular favorite in English.
This revival opened on October 26, 1961 at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York City.
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