The Merry Widow (L.A. 1961)

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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.”

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  • 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
    for
    The Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera Associations
    (1961 Season)

    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
    www.tamswitmark.com

    Additionally, you agree to include the above language hyperlinked to https://tamswitmark.com/ on all websites on which you promote the play.

  • Instrumentation: 20 Parts

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute I
    1 Flute II
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Bassoon
    1 Horn I
    1 Horn II
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Percussion
    1 Harp

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • (in order of appearance)

    Major Domo
    Nish
    Popoff
    Natalie
    Chevalier St. Brioche
    Vicomte Cascada
    Sylvaine (Madame Khadja)
    Olga (Madame Novikovich)
    Navikovich
    Khadja
    Capt. Pierre De Jolidon
    Sonia
    Prince Danilo

    Girls from Maxim’s:
    Lolo
    Cloclo
    Dodo
    Margot
    Joujou
    Froufrou

    Michael
    ZoZo
    Guests, Lackeys, Housemaids and Musicians
    Singing Ladies
    Singing Gentleman
    Dancing Girls
    Dancing Boys

  • 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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