Based on Alexandre Dumas, père’s classic 1844 novel, THE THREE MUSKETEERS is an operetta set in France and England in 1626. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to become a Musketeer of the Guard during the reign of the French king Louis XIII. The three men of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
In early 17th century France, the poor but virile d’Artagnan travels to Paris to join the Musketeers (the King’s bodyguard). He meets and falls in love with Lady Constance Bonacieux, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne. Meanwhile, Cardinal Richelieu learns that the Queen has given a diamond heart brooch, which was a present to her from the King, as a token of love to the Duke of Buckingham. Richelieu suggests that the King ask the Queen to wear it at a planned royal gala. Richelieu dispatches the Comte de Rochefort and Lady de Winter to London to recover the gem, which he plans to unveil at the gala in order to reveal that the Queen has been unfaithful.
The Queen asks her lady-in-waiting, Constance Bonacieux, to involve the Musketeers in the jewel’s speedy recovery so that she might foil the plot. But when the Musketeers reach London, they are too late: Lady de Winter has arrived first. D’Artagnan uses his seductive charms upon Lady de Winter and steals the bauble. After a rousing sword fight, the Musketeers kill de Rochefort and rush back to Paris just in time to bring the jewel to the gala. King Louis fastens it to the Queen’s shoulder just as he did when he first gave it to her.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Clifford Grey and P.G. Wodehouse
Book by William Anthony McGuire
Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père
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There is currently no orchestration available for THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book for Director
22 Dialogue Parts
9 Vocal Parts
25 Chorus Parts
(In order of their appearance)
Conte de la Rochefort
Lady de Winter
Anne, Queen of France
M. de Treville
The Duke of Buckingham
Premiere Danseuse of Court
Patrick, valet to Buckingham
Ladies in Waiting
The King’s Attendant
THE THREE MUSKETEERS opened on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre, March 13, 1928 and played for 318 performances starring Dennis King as d’Artagnan, Douglass R. Dumbrille as Athos, Detmar Poppen as Porthos, Joseph Macaulay as Aramis, Clarence Derwent as Louis XIII of France, and Reginald Owen as Cardinal Richelieu. Dennis King also starred when the operetta was mounted in London’s West End in 1930 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where it played for 242 performances.
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