ROSE-MARIE is an operetta-style musical set in Saskatchewan, in Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rose-Marie LaFlamme is a French Canadian girl who is in love with Jim Kenyon, a miner. When Jim is suspected of having committed murder, Rose-Marie’s brother Emile makes plans for her to marry a city man named Edward Hawley instead.

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  • When Black Eagle, a villainous half-breed, is knifed to death in his lonely cabin in the Canadian Rockies, “Wild Jim” Kenyon is the obvious suspect. The two men had a long-standing quarrel over a mining claim, and Jim is known to have visited the cabin on the fatal night. The Mounties, headed by Sergeant Malone, are soon on the trail. The situation shocks Jim’s friends, for since he fell in love with little Rose Marie, they had found “Wild Jim” a reformed character. Perhaps the suave Hawley, at one time attracted to Black Eagle’s sensuous wife, Wanda, but now hoping to marry Rose Marie, has knowledge which he is anxious to keep from the Mounties? Jim’s faithful if ineffectual sidekick, “Hard-boiled Herman”, and his girl friend “Lady Jane” are less help to their hero than they intend.

    Book and Lyrics by Otto Harbach and
    Oscar Hammerstein II
    Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart

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  • Instrumentation: 18 Parts

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute & Piccolo
    1 Oboe and optional English Horn
    1 Clarinet I (and optional Alto Saxophone)
    1 Clarinet II (and optional Tenor Saxophone)
    1 Bass Clarinet
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horns I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone
    2 Timpani & Percussion (2 Players)
          Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
          Bass Drum
          Snare Drum
          Suspended Cymbal
          Tom Tom

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
    Cues for Harp are in the Piano-Conductor’s Score. There is no harp part available.
    (There is no Piano in this orchestration)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Principals

    1. Sergeant Malone
    2. “Lady” Jane
    3. Black Eagle
    4. Edward Hawley
    5. Emile La Flamme
    6. Wanda
    7. Hard Boiled Herman
    8. Jim Kenyon
    9. Rose Marie La Flamme
    10. Ethel Brander


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  • ROSE-MARIE opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, September 2, 1924 and played for 557 performances starring Mary Ellis in the title role and Dennis King as Jim Kenyon. In London’s West End, the show opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1925 and played for 581 performances. In Paris, the operetta played for an unprecedented 1,250 performances.

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