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, in Franz Lehár’s operetta.
English Lyrics by Adrian Ross
English Book by Ben Roberts & Sidney Sheldon
Music by Franz Lehár
Original Book by Leo Stein & Victor Leon
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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 operetta was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 30 December 1905 and 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 and opened a few months later on Broadway for a very successful run. Thereafter, it was played frequently in America and throughout the English speaking world, and is still frequently revived in English.
This revival opened on October 26, 1961 at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York City.
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