American Musical Theatre


"American Musical Theatre"
is a section of the "Gilbert and Sullivan Archive" about nineteenth and early twentieth musical shows which had their first performances in the United States of America and so complements the section of the Archive related to "British Musical Theatre".

The Shows


A

  • Alaskan. The: Music by Harry Girard, Lyrics by Joseph Blethen. Performed at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 12 August 1907.
  • Algeria. Music by Victor Herbert, Book and Lyrics by Glen MacDonough. Opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, 31 August 1908.
  • Alma, Where Do You Live? Music by Jean Briquet, English Version by Geo. V. Hobart. First English presentation in America at Weber's Music Hall, New York, 26 September 1910.
  • Ameer, The. Music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Frederic Ranken. Presented at Wallack's Theatre, New York 4 December 1899.
  • Angel Face. Music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Robert B. Smith. Performed at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York 29 December 1919.
  • Apple Blossoms. Music by Fritz Kreisler and Victor Jacobi, book and Lyrics by William LeBaron. Produced at the Globe Theatre, New York, 7 October 1919.

B

  • Babette. Music by Victor Herbert. Book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Presented at the Broadway Theatre, New York, 16 November 1903.
  • Beauty Spot, The. Music by Reginald de Koven. Book and lyrics by Joseph W. Herbert. Performed at the Herald Square Theatre, New York, 10 April 1909.
  • Belle of New York, The. Musical comedy, book and lyrics by Hugh Morton and music by Gustave Kerker, Casino Theatre, New York, 28 September 1897.
  • Blue Paradise, The. Music by Edmund Eysler, Sigmund Romberg and Leo Edwards, lyrics primarily by Herbert Reynolds, and a book by Edgar Smith. Casino Theatre, New York, 5 August 1915. 356 performances.
  • Brian Boru. Libretto by Stanislaus Stange and music by Julian Edwards. Produced at the Broadway Theatre, New York, 19 October 1896.
  • Bride-Elect, The. Words and Music by John Philip Sousa. First performed at the Knickerbocker Theater, New Haven, 28 December 1897.
  • Burgomaster, The. An original musical comedy in a prologue and two acts by Gustav Lders and Frank Pixley. Manhattan Theatre, 31 December 1900.

C

  • Candy Shop, The. A Summer Entertainment in two acts with book by George V. Hobart, music and lyrics by John L. Golden. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 27 April 1909.
  • Chaperons, The. A musical comedy with music by Isidore Witmark and lyrics by Frederic Ranken. New York Theatre, New York, 5 June 1902.
  • Charlatan, The. Comic opera in three acts with music by Sousa and book by Charles Klein. Academy of Music, Montreal, 29 August 1898, and Knickerbocker Theatre, New York City, 5 September 1898.
  • Chin-Chin. Musical fantasy with book by Anne Caldwell and R. H. Burnside, lyrics by Anne Caldwell and music by Ivan Caryll. Produced at the Globe Theatre, New York, 20 October 1914.
  • Chris and the Wonderful Lamp. Operetta by John Philip Sousa with libretto and lyrics by Glen MacDonough. Hyperion Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, 23 October 1899.
  • Cloches de Corneville, Les. Opera-comique in three acts, composed by Robert Planquette. Produced as The Chimes of Normandy at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City October 22, 1877.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac. Comic opera by Victor Herbert. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 18 Septemvber 1899.

D

  • Doctor De Luxe. Musical play in three acts. Book and lyrics by Otto Hauerbach and music by Karl Hoschna. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 17 April 1911.
  • Dream City and The Magic Knight. Book and lyrics by Edgar Smith, music by Victor Herbert. Weber's Music Hall, New York, 25 December 1906.
  • Dove of Peace, The. Comic opera in three acts by Walter Damrosch and Wallace Irwin. Broadway Theatre, New York, 4 November 1912.

E

  • Enchantress, The. Comic opera in 2 Acts with book and lyrics by Fred de Gresac and Harry B. Smith and music by Victor Herbert. New York Theatre, New York, 19 October 1911.
  • Evangeline. Burlesque of Longfellow's poem written by J. Cheever Goodwin and composed by Edward E. Rice. Niblo's Garden, New York, 27 July 1874.

F

  • Fair Co-ed, The. Book and lyrics by George Ade and music by Gustav Luders. First produced at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 1 February 1909.
  • Fantana. A musical comedy in three acts with book by Robert B. Smith and Sam S. Shubert, lyrics by Robert B. Smith and music by Raymond Hubbell. Lyric Theatre, New York, 14 January 1905.
  • Fencing Master, The. Opéra-Comique in 3 Acts with music by Reginald de Koven and lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Casino Theatre, New York, 14 November 1892. 120 performances.
  • Filibuster, The. Comic opera with book and lyrics by John P. Wilson and music by William Loraine. Tremont Street Theatre, Boston. 1904.
  • Forbidden Land, The. A "Tibetan comic opera". Composed by Frederic Chapin and libretto by Guy F. Steeley. Produced under the direction of the Dearborn Theatre Management in 1904.

G

  • Gay Hussars, The . Operetta in three acts by Emmerich Kálmán. English version by Maurice Browne Kirby with lyrics by Grant Stewart. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York. 29 July 1909.
  • Gingerbread Man, The. "A fanciful fairyesque". Book and lyrics by Frederic Ranken, music by A. Baldwin Sloane. Liberty Theatre, New York, 25 December 1905.
  • Gingham Girl, The. A musical comedy. Lyrics by Neville Fleeson and music by Albert von Tilzer. Earl Carroll Theatre, New York, 28 August 1922.
  • Girl and the Governor, The. Musical comedy with libretto by S. M. Brenner and music by Julian Edwards. Manhattan Theatre, New York, 4 February 1907.
  • Girl of my Dreams, The. Musical play, book by Wilbur D. Nesbit and Otto A. Haurbach and music by Karl Hoschna. Criterion Theatre, New York, 7 August 1911.
  • Going Up. Musical comedy in three acts with music by Louis Hirsch and book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and James Montgomery. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 15 November 1917; Liberty Theatre, New York, 25 December 1917. 351 performances.
  • Good Morning Dearie. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Anne Caldwell and music by Jerome Kern. Globe Theatre, New York, 1 November 1921.
  • Grand Mogul, The. Musical comedy with a book and lyrics by Frank Pixley and music by Gustav Luders. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 25 March 1907.
  • Gypsy Love. Romantic comic opera in three acts with music by Franz Lehar, book by Harry B. Smith and lyrics by Harry B. and Robert B. Smith from the German by A. M. Willner and Robert Bodanzky. Globe Theatre, New York, 17 October 1911.

H

  • Half Moon, The. Musical comedy with music by Victor Jacobi and book and lyrics by William LeBaron. Liberty Theatre, New York, 1 November 1920.
  • He Came from Milwaukee. Musical comedy with book by Mark Swan and Edgar Smith, lyrics by Edward Madden and music by Louis A. Hirsch and Ben M. Jerome. Casino Theatre, New York, 21 September 1910.
  • Her Little Highness. Music by by Reginald de Koven and book by Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf. Liberty Theatre, New York, 13 October 1913.
  • Her Regiment. Operetta with book and lyrics by William Le Baron and music by Victor Herbert. Broadhurst Theatre, New York, on 12 November 1917.
  • High Jinks. A musical farce in three acts with music by Rudolf Friml and book and lyrics by Otto Hauerbach. Lyric Theatre, New York, 10 December 1913, 213 performances.
  • Highwayman, The. Romantic comic opera in three acts with music by Reginald de Koven and book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Broadway Theatre, New York, 13 December 1897.
  • His Honor the Mayor. "A Summertime Entertainment in Two Parts." with book and lyrics are by Charles J. Campbell and Ralph Skinner and music by Julian Edwards and Alfred E. Aarons. New York Theatre, New York, 28 May 1906.

I

  • Idol's Eye, The. Comic opera in three acts with libretto by Harry B. Smith and music by Victor Herbert. Broadway Theatre, New York, 25 October 1897.
  • In Dahomey. Book by J. A. Shipp, lyrics by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, music by Will Marion Cook. New York Thetare, New York, 18 February 1903.
  • It Happened in Norland. Musical comedy in a prologue and two acts with book and lyrics by Glen MacDonough and music by Victor Herbert. Lewis M. Fields Theatre, New York, 5 December 1904.

K

  • Katinka. An operetta in three acts composed by Rudolf Friml to a libretto by Otto Harbach. Park Theatre, Morristown, New Jersey, 2 December 1915.
  • King Dodo. A musical comedy in three acts with book and lyrics by Frank Pixley and music by Gustav Luders. Daly's Theater, New York, 12 May 1902.
  • Kiss Waltz, The. An English version of Ziehrer's 1908 operetta Liebeswaltzer. English lyrics by Matthew Woodward and additional music by Jerome Kern. Casino Theatre, New York, 18 September 1911.

L

  • Lady of the Slipper, The. A musical fantasy in three acts. Book is by Anne Caldwell and Lawrence McCarty, music by Victor Herbert and lyrics by James O'Dea. Globe Theatre, New York, 28 October, 1912, 232 performances.
  • Lilac Domino. An operetta in 3 acts. Libretto by Emmerich von Gatti and Béla Jenbach and music by Charles Cuvillier which opened at the Stadttheater, Leipzig, 3 February, 1912. English version by Harry and Robert Smith with additional songs by Howard Carr and Donovan Parsons. 44th Street Theatre, New York, October 28, 1914.
  • Little Café, The. Musical comedy. Book and lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan and music by Ivan Caryll. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 10 November 1913.
  • Little Nemo. Score by Victor Herbert and lyrics by Harry B. Smith. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 20 October 1908.
  • Lonely Romeo, A. Musical comedy. Book by Harry B. Smith and Lew Fields, lyrics by Robert B. Smith and music by Malvin M. Franklin and Robert Hood Bowers. Shubert Theatre, New York, 10 June 1919.
  • Love's Lottery. Comic opera in two acts. Book by Stanislaus Stange and music by Julian Edwards. Broadway Theatre, New York, 3 October 1904.

M

  • Madcap Duchess, The. Comic opera in two acts with book and lyrics by David Stevens and Justin Huntly McCarthy and music by Victor Herbert. Lyceum Theatre, Rochester, N.Y., 13 October 1913.
  • Madcap Princess, A. Comedy opera in three acts with libretto by Harry B. Smith and music by Ludwig Engländer. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 5 September, 1904. 48 performances.
  • Maid and the Mummy, The. Musical farce in three acts, book and lyrics by Richard Carle, music by Robert Hood Bowers. Garrick Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, 30 May 1904..
  • Maid Marian. Comic opera in three acts with libretto by Harry B. Smith and music by Reginald de Koven. Chestnut Street Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, 4 November 1901.
  • Mam'selle Napoléon. Musical comedy by Jean Richepin, lyrics by Joseph Herbert, music by Gustav Luders. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 8 December 1903.
  • Marcelle. Musical comedy in two acts with libretto by Frank Pixley and music by Gustav Luders. Casino Theatre, New York, 1 October 1908.
  • Marriage á la Carte. Music by Ivan Caryll, book and lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan. Performed at the Casino Theatre, New York, 2 January 2nd, 1911.
  • Marriage Market,The. An English version of Leányvásár with music by Victor Jacobi. English lyrics by Adrian Ross and Arthur Anderson. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York on 22 September 1913.
  • Mascot, The An English version of La Mascotte, an operetta with music by Edmond Audran. The English lyrics by Theodore T. Barker. Bijou Theatre, New York, 5 May 1881.
  • Mayor of Tokio, The. "A Farcical Japanese Opera." Book and lyrics by Richard Carle, music by William Frederick Peters. New York Theatre, New York, 4 December 1905.
  • Mexicana. A "Mexican Comic Opera" with book and lyrics are by Clara Driscoll and Robert B. Smith, music by Raymond Hubbell. Lyric Theatre, New York, 29 January 1906.
  • Maytime. Music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics and book by Rida Johnson Young. Stamford Theatre, Stamford CT, 7 August 1917.
  • Miss Dolly Dollars. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and music by Victor Herbert. Knickerbocker Theatre, 4 September 1905.
  • Miss Simplicity. Musical comedy by R. A. Barnet with music by Harry Lawson Heartz. Boston, 1901.
  • Mocking Bird, The. Libretto by Sydney Rosenfeld and music by Alfred Baldwin Sloane. The Bijou Theatre, New York, 10 November 1902.
  • Moonshine. Musical comedy composed by Silvio Hein with lyrics by Edwin Milton Royle and George V. Hobart. Liberty Theatre, New York, 20 October 1905.
  • Motor Girl, The. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Charles J. Campbell and Ralph M. Skinner and music by Julian Edwards. Lyric Theatre, New York, 15 June 1909.
  • Mr. Pickwick. Musical comedy with book by Chas. Klein, lyrics by Grant Steward and music by Manuel Klein. Herald Square Theatre, New York, 19 January 1903.

N

  • Nancy Brown. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Frederick Ranken and music by Henry K. Hadley. Bijou Theatre, New York, 16 February 1903.

O

  • Office Boy, The. Musical comedy in two acts with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and music by Ludwig Engländer. Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre, New York, 2 November 1903. 66 performances.
  • Oh! Oh! Delphine. Musical comedy in three acts. Book and lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan and music by Ivan Caryll. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 30 September 1912.
  • Old Dutch. Musical farce in two acts by Edgar Smith with lyrics by George V. Hobart and music by Victor Herbert. Herald Square Theatre in New York, 22 November 1909.
  • Only Girl, The. Musical comedy in three acts with book and lyrics by Henry Blossom and music by Victor Herbert. 39th Street Theatre, New York, 2 November 1914.
  • Oolah, The. A free adaptation of Charles Lecocq's La Jolie Persane, with English libretto by Sydney Rosenfeld. Broadway Theatre, 13 May 1889, 154 performances.
  • Orange Blossoms. Musical comedy with book by Fred de Grésac, lyrics by B. G. DeSylva and music by Victor Herbert. Fulton Theatre, New York, 19 September 1922.

P

  • Papa's Darling. Musical comedy, book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and music by Ivan Caryll. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 2 November 1914.
  • Patriot, The. Tragic opera in one act, book and lyrics by Stanislaus Stange and music by Julian Edwards. Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, 23 November 1908.
  • Pearl and the Pumpkin, The. Musical play with lyrics by Paul West and music by John Walter Bratton, Broadway Theatre, New York, 21 August 1905.
  • Peggy from Paris. Musical comedy, book and lyrics by George Ade, music by William Loraine. Wallack's Theatre, New York, 10 September 1903.
  • Pied Piper, The. "Operatic Fanatasy". Book is by Austin Strong and R. H. Burnside, music by Manuel Klein. Majestic Theatre, New York, 3 December 1908.
  • Piff! Paff! Pouf! "A Musical Cocktail". Book by Stanislaus Stange, lyrics by William Jerome and music by Jean Schwartz. Casino Theatre, New York, 2 April 1904. 264 performances.
  • Pink Lady, The. Musical comedy with lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan and music by Ivan Caryll. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 13 March 1911. 312 performances.
  • Pom-Pom. Musical comedy. Book and lyrics by Anne Caldwell and music by Hugo Felix. George M. Cohan's Theatre, New York, 28 February 1916. 128 performances.
  • Prima Donna, The. Comic opera with book and lyrics by Henry Blossom and music by Victor Herbert. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 30 November, 1908. 72 performances.
  • Prince Ananias. Music by Victor Herbert, libretto by Francis Neilson. First performed by "The Bostonians" at the Broadway Theatre, New York City, 20 November 1894.
  • Prince of Pilsen The. Musical comedy written by Frank Pixley and composed by Gustav Luders. First performed at the Tremont Theatre, Boston, in May 1902.
  • Princess Beggar. Music by Alfred G. Robyn. Book and lyrics by Edward Poulton. Presented at the Casino Theatre, New York, 7 January 1907.
  • Princess Bonnie. Words and music by Willard Spenser. First performed at the Chestnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, 26 March 1894, then opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, 2 September 1895.
  • Princess Chic, The. Libretto by Kirke La Shelle and music by Julian Edwards.' Casino Theatre, New York, 12 February 1900, 22 performances.
  • Princess Pat, The. Operetta with music by Victor Herbert and book and lyrics by Henry Blossom. Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1915.

R

  • Rainbow Girl, The. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Rennold Wolf and music by Louis A. Hirsch. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 1 April 1918.
  • Rambler Rose. English version of Victor Jacobi's 1907 operetta, Tüskerózsa, with book and lyrics by Harry Bache Smith. Empire Theatre, New York, 10 September 1917.
  • Red Rose, The. Musical comedy with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Robert B. Smith and music by Robert Hood Bowers which opened at the Garrick Theatre, Philadelphia, on 2 May 1911.
  • Red Widow, The. Musical version of Colonel Savage’s novel His Official Wife by Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf, with a score by Charles J. Gebest. Colonial Theater, Boston, 2 September 1911.
  • Robin Hood. Comic opera with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and music by Reginald De Koven. Standard Theatre, New York, 28 September, 1891. 35 performances.
  • Rob Roy."A Romantic Comic Opera" by composer Reginald De Koven and lyricist Harry B. Smith. It premiered in Detroit on 1 October 1894.
  • Rose Maid, The. English adaptation of the Viennese operetta, Bub Oder Madel,composed by Bruno Granichstaedten. Book is by Harry B. Smith and Raymond Peck and lyrics by Robert B. Smith. Globe Theatre, New York, on 22 April 1912. 181 performances.
  • Royal Chef, The. A musical extravaganza. Book by George E. Stoddard, lyrics by Charles S. Taylor and music by Ben M. Jerome. Lyric Theatre, New York, 1 September 1904. 17 performances.
  • Runaways, The. Musical comedy in with book and lyrics by Addison Burkhardt and music by Raymond Hubbell. Casino Theatre, New York, 4 May 1903.

S

  • Said Pasha. An original romantic opera with libretto by Scott Marble and Richard Stahl and music by Richard Stahl . Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco, c. 1888.
  • Sally. Musical comedy with music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Clifford Grey and book by Guy Bolton. New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 21 December 1920. 570 performances.
  • Sári. An English adaptation of Der Zigeunerprimas, composed by Emmerich Kálmán. English lyrics by C. C. S. Cushing and E. P. Heath. Liberty Theatre, New York, 13 January 1914.
  • Serenade, The. Operetta with music and lyrics by Victor Herbert, and book by Harry B. Smith. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 16 March 1897. 79 performances.
  • Sho-Gun, The. Comic opera with book and lyrics by George Ade and music by Gustav Luders. Wallack's Theatre, New York, 10 October 1904.
  • Simple Simon. "A Mother Goose Extravaganza" by R.A. Barnet with music by A. B. Sloane and G. L. Tracy. Tremont Theatre, Boston, 8 February 1897.
  • Singing Girl, The Comic opera in three acts with music by Victor Herbert, book by Stanislaus Stangé and lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Casino Theatre, New York, 23 October 1899.
  • Siren, The. English version of Leo Fall's operetta in three acts, Die Sirene with lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, 28 August 1911.
  • Slim Princess, The. Comic opera with lyrics by Henry Blossom and music by Leslie Stuart. Globe Theatre, New York, 2 January 1911.

T

  • Trip to Africa, A. Music by Franz von Suppé, English translation by Emil Schwab. Bijou Theatre, Boston, 21 February 1884.

V

  • Very Good Eddie. Musical with book by Guy Bolton and Philip Bartholomae, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Schuyler Green and Herbert Reynolds. Princess Theatre, 23 December 1915.

W

  • When Johnnie Comes Marching Home. A "Military Spectacular Comic Opera", music by Julian Edwards lyrics by Stanislaus Stangé. Broadway Theatre, New York, 16 December 1902.

Y

  • You're in Love. Musical play with book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Edward Clark and music by Rudolf Friml. Casino Theatre, New York, 6 February 1917. 167 performances.

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