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Oh! Oh! Delphine is a musical comedy in three acts, founded on the French farce, Villa Primrose by Georges Berr and Marcel Guillemand. Book and lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan and music by Ivan Caryll. Produced at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, on 30 September 1912.

Dramatis Personæ

COLONEL POMPONNET Mr. Courtice Pounds
FERNANDE   (a News Vendor) Miss Cissie Debenham
BLUM   (a Hotel Manager) Mr. Coningsby Brierley
A HALL PORTER Mr. Charles Chamier
VICTOR JOLIBEAU Mr. Harry Welchman
JACQUELINE
TUTU
ANTOINETTE
AMANDINE
LULU
DISTINGUETTE
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Miss Winifred Roma
Miss Gwenyth Hughes
Miss Marjorie Compton
Miss Mollie Hanbury
Miss Connie Luttrell
Miss Marjorie Villis
LOUIS GIGOUX Mr. Reginald Owen
ALPHONSE BOUCHOTTE Mr. Walter Passmore
DELPHINE Miss Iris Hoey
FINETTE   (a Flower Girl) Miss Winifred Delevanti
BIMBOULA   (a Persian Woman) Miss Dorothy Jardon
UNCLE NOEL JOLIBEAU Mr. Fred Lewis
PLUCHARD   (a Lawyer) Mr. Fred Evison
SIMONE Miss Nan Stuart
MADAME BAX Miss Violet Gould

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   The Entrance Hall and Lounge of the Hotel Beau Rivage at Brest, France.

ACT II   -   The Verandah and Rose Gardens of the Villa Primrose.

  • No. 7 - Chorus - "Oh, gifted master, sleep!  and rest your weary eyes, a faithful watch we'll keep against the draughts and flies.  No insect fierce shall bite..."
  • No. 8 - Concerted Number - "Oh dear, oh dear, what have we here?  What means this woe?  We'd like to know.  Be still, be still, disturb us not, and let us weep..."
  • No. 9 - Duet - Delphine and Jolibeau - "Though I have lived, I believe, twenty years and more, of them all I value but one;  the year we met and fondly swore..."
  • No. 10 - Song - Simone and Male Chorus - "Life is cold till the stars are out, then I find that life is quite all right;  fair, sweet day, I can do without ..."
  • No. 11 - Song - Bouchotte and Chorus - "When I come home each night to dine, the housemaid lets me in.  She has a nature saturnine, and wears a dreadful grin."
  • No. 12 - Quarrel Duet - Delphine, Simone and Chorus - "Cat!  cat!  who said Cat?  To what does Cat refer? ... Cat!  Cat!  I said cat!  and Cat refers to her! ..."
  • No. 13 - Finale Act II - "Oh come, Bouchotte, away, you're not quite well today; we'll tuck you in a cosy comfy cot.  As we don't know at all, a doctor we will call..."

ACT III   -   A Grand Reception Hall opening into a Ballroom, Hotel Beau Rivage.

  • No. 14 - Opening Chorus - "Pavlova came over like this to France, a-dancing on her toes;  Oh, that was the cue for the world to dance..."
  • No. 15 - Duet - Jolibeau and Bimboula - "I learned a beautiful story of a Venus who rose from the sea, filling the world with her glory, and the glory extended to me."
  • No. 16 - Song - Bouchotte and Chorus - "Stay with me, and you'll all agree you've never seen a man carry on so! ... On so! ... Soon my name will be known..."
  • No. 17 - Finale Act III - "He's for a life of Hoop-la up by the big Red Mill;  on his toes at the Montmartre shows he is off to take his fill..."

Other songs previously omitted from the vocal score.


External Link
Vocal Score at UR Research

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