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Lilac Domino is an operetta in 3 acts with libretto by Emmerich von Gatti and Béla Jenbach and music by Charles Cuvillier which opened at the Stadttheater, Leipzig, 3 February, 1912. The English version by Harry and Robert Smith with additional songs by Howard Carr and Donovan Parsons opened at the 44th Street Theatre, New York on October 28, 1914.

Cast of Characters

CORNELIUS CLEVEDEN   (an American Multi-Millionaire) John DeLacey
LEONIE FORDE   (Georgine's Friend) Moya Chance
ELLISTON DEYN   (Cleveden's Nephew) William Valentine
PROSPER WOODHOUSE   (an American Friend of André) George Gee
NORMAN J. CALMAIN   (a Friend of Everybody) Hugh Steyne
MAXMILIAN   (a Waiter) Vincent White
  (a Young Englishman seeing the U.S.A.)
Jamieson Dodds
CARABANA   (Conductor of Spanish Gypsy Orchestra) Gaston Mervale
GEORGINE   (Cleveden's Daughter) Rene Maxwell
THE BARONESS DE VILLIERS   (Social Companion to Georgine) Marie la Varre
PARKER   (one of Cleveden's Butlers) Jack Dunn

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Lounge at the Pavilion de Danse in the Baccarat Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida, during a Domino Party.

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Now, old fellow, we will teach you, you're a gay old roué ... Listen to me, I beseech you ... We know what you have to say ..."
  • No. 2 - Duet - Leonie and Elliston - "Why don't you speak?  We are alone ... I feel a fatal fascination that frightens me, yet draws me near ... Why so? ..."
  • No. 3 - Song - André - "My life's been wild - still, I'll stand by it, and I'll pay well for all that I've got.  I've made mistakes, I'll not deny it..."
  • No. 4 - Duet - Georgine and Baroness - "Ha, ha, ha, ha, this is great fun!  I've run away!  Dear me!  I wonder what she'll say! ... Georgine! ... There she is now! ..."
  • No. 5 - Ensemble - "The Lilac Domino, you will meet ev'rywhere you go, and no one knows who she might be, ev'ryone says she's fancy free.  She follows..."
  • No. 6 - Duet - Norman, Prosper and Chorus - "I'm up against it, I can see, I've nothing but my I.O.U. ... Don't turn to me for sympathy, for I am up against it too..."
  • No. 7 - Finale Act I - "Now gather close around me, comrades;  one of us three must pay the price - yes, one of us three must lose his freedom..."

ACT II   -   The Roman Pergola in the Garden of Cornelius Cleveden's Villa.

ACT III   -   Court of the Palms during High Carnival.

  • No. 14 - Song - Elliston - "The spirit of Carnival Night in the air whispers to me, in a voice that is soft and low, of a love that is all aglow.  Whispers of merriment..."
  • No. 15 - Film Music
  • No. 16 - Chorus & Tarantella - "Ev'ry nation hears the call: Come one, come all!  In a boat or aeroplane, taxi or train; over land and overseas, Yankees, Chinese..."
  • No. 17 - King Carnival Chorus - "Ah!  Hail the Carnival!  Corri-corriando, li.  Corri-corriando, li..."
  • No. 18 - Song - Girls and Prosper - "I want somebody nice to cuddle me.  I want someone to love tonight.  A man I want to meet, he will give me kisses sweet ..."
  • No. 19 - Finale Act III - "The Domino!  The Lilac Domino!  The Lilac Domino!  All of you meet ev'ry place you go.  All eyes seem to follow you as you flutter..."

Item nos. 8, 14 and 18 were written by D. S. Parsons and composed by Howard Carr.

MIDI Files Copyright © 2011 Colin Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

External Links
Lilac Domino at Wikipedia
Lilac Domino at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at UR Research

American Musical Theatre

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