Music by Victor Herbert,
Libretto by Francis Neilson
First performed by "The Bostonians" at the Broadway Theatre, New York City,
on November 20th. 1894.
Cast of Characters
|| King of Navarre
|| Chamberlain to the King
| Louis Biron
|| A vagabond poet and adventurer
||W. H. MacDonald
| George Le Grabbe
|| An outlaw
| La Fontane
|| Manager of a band of strolling players
||H. C. Barnabee
|| An obscured Dramatist
|| Joseph Sheehan
|| An inn keeper
||James E. Miller
|| A villager
|| J. R. Boyle
|| Countess of Pyrennes, and Sister to Killjoy
|| Daughter to Killjoy
|| A village Belle
|| La Fontaine's leading lady
||Jessie Bartlett Davis
Two of the original performers
Synopsis of Scenes
| ACT I
|| - Exterior of an Inn in the Pyrennes.
| ACT II
|| - A glade near the King's palace.
ACT I - Exterior of an Inn in the Pyrennes.
- No. 1 - Introduction and Chorus - "The glorious robe of Autumn spread o'er hillside and a thousand dales; with tints of gold and flaming red..."
- No. 2 - Song - George - "Under an oak one fine June morn, unostentatiously was born a babe, ordained for fickle fate to play with far from lightly..."
- No. 3 - Entrance and Song - Louis - "Ninette has taken heart..." & "For all you people know, I might be the heir apparent on a diplomatic mission..."
- No. 4 - Duo - Ninette and Louis - "It needs no poet, gentle maid, to eulogise your charms ... The compliments, my lord, you've paid fill me with strange alarms..."
- No. 5a - Chorus of Players - "La Fontaine! La Fontaine! La Fontaine!" etc... "Hey! the jolly fellow, oh, his fun is mellow; here he comes with sunny smile..."
- No. 5b - Song - La Fontaine and Chorus - "An author manager am I of a company artistic. Some say the apple of my eye is the ultra realistic..."
- No. 6 - Scene - Ninette and La Fontaine - "When a maid applies for a part in a company such as mine, and has no particular line, I always consider my Art..."
- No. 7 - Song - Idalia - "Far o'er the mountains that cleave the blue skies lies the fair hamlet of Fancy. There dwell the maidens with flashing black eyes..."
- No. 8 - Duo and Chorus - Louis and George - "When I was born I weighed ten stone ... 'Tis true, I held the scale ... So large was I in head and bone..."
- No. 9 - Duo - Idalia and Louis - "I am no queen, no sway hold I, no palace waits for me. The verdant fields, the sun, the sky, and love, if love needs be..."
- No. 10 - Finale Act I - "Farewell! provincial towns, farewell! No more you'll see this company, the weary one-night stand farewell! ..."
ACT II - A glade near the King's palace.
- No. 11a - Introduction
- No. 12 - Song - Eugene - "Come, Venus and Hebe, adorn my bark and float with me. Euterpe, thy lute bring, and bid the sirens to me sing..."
- No. 13 - Duo - Eugene, La Fontaine and Chorus - "I thought it very easy to sit down and write a play. The sitting down was simple that I practis'd ev'ry day..."
- No. 14 - Quintette - Ninette, Idalia, Eugene, Louis, George and Chorus - "Ah! list to me, I sing of love, I sing of love, my love for thee which I shall prove..."
- No. 15 - Song - George - "A bandit bold lived like a king, 'way in a forest deep; of pining love none dared to sing, from care his heart to keep..."
- No. 16 - Quartette - Lord Chamberlain, La Fontaine, Louis and George - "Now Herodotus omits in his history to state that varieties were quite the thing in Athens..."
- No. 17 - Chorus and Song - Ninette and Court Ladies - "Titled widows all are we, each a brand new divorcée; nothing for us but the stage..."
- No. 18 - Quintette - Eugene, Lord Chamberlain, La Fontaine, Louis and George - "A strange remark ... the day is dark ... when skies are blue and clear..."
- No. 19a - Entrance of the King - "All hail our smileless King! Dejected monarch sad, to whom all woes doth cling, a laugh he never had..."
- No. 19b - Song - King and Chorus - "A regal sadness sits on me ... Sits on him! Sits on him! ... Also a sombre gloom..."
- No. 20 - Song - Idalia - "A ray of golden sunlight fell across my life when you passed by. I felt my heart with rapture swell..."
- No. 21 - Song - Louis and Chorus - "My royal dad had reached the age of forty years and five ... when his physician did engage to keep his King alive..."
- No. 22 - Finale Act II - "One equalled him... He's dead and gone... What, two? Absurd! ... Oh no, just one... Rely on him implicitly, he detests prevarication..."
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