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The Belle of New York is a musical comedy in two acts, with book and lyrics by Hugh Morton and music by Gustave Kerker, about a Salvation Army girl who reforms a spendthrift, makes a great sacrifice and finds true love. It opened on Broadway at the Casino Theatre on 28 September 1897, but ran for only about two months. It subsequently transferred to London in 1898, where it was a major success, running for 674 performances, becoming the first American musical to run for over a year in the West End.

Dramatis Personæ

ICHABOD BRONSON (President of the Young Men's Rescue League     and Anti-Cigarette Society of Cohoes) Mr. Dan Daly
HARRY BRONSON   (his Son, a Young Spendthrift) Mr. Harry Davenport
KARL VON PUMPERNICK   (a Polite Lunatic) Mr. J. E Sullivan
"DOC" SNIFKINS   (the Father of the Queen of Comic Opera) Mr. Geo. K. Fortesque
"BLINKY BILL" MC.GUIRE   (a Mixed-Ale Pugilist) Mr. Frank Lawton
KENNETH MUGG   (Low Comedian of the Cora Angelique Comic Opera) Mr. Geo. A. Schiller
COUNT RATSI RATTATOO
COUNT PATSI RATTATOO
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Mr. William Sloan
Mr. William Gould
BILLIE BREEZE   (a Sailor) Mr. Edwin W. Hoff
MR. TWIDDLES   (Harry Bronson's Private Secretary) Mr. Frank Turner
MR. SNOOPER   (a Newspaper Reporter) Mr. Lionel Lawrence
MR. PEEPER   (a Photographer) Mr. D. T. MacDonald
WILLIAM   (a Butler) Mr. Albert Wallerstedt
VIOLET GRAY   (a Salvation Lassie) Miss Edna May
FIFI FRICOT   (a Little Parisienne) Miss Phyllis Rankin
KISSIE FITZGARTER   (a Music Hall Dancer) Miss Mabel Howe
CORA ANGÉLIQUE   (the Queen of Comic Opera) Miss Helen Dupont
MAMIE CLANCY   (a Pell Street Girl) Miss Paula Edwards
PATSY PINNE   (a Soubrette) Miss Hattie Moore
BETTY "THE BAT" Miss Martha Franklin
MYRTLE MINCE
QUEENIE CAKE
BIRDIE SEED
GLADYS GLEE
DOROTHY JUNE
MARJORIE MAY
LITTLE MISS FLIRT
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Miss Sylvia Thorne
Miss Robe Witt
Miss Grace Spencer
Miss Irene Bentley
Miss Emily Sanford
Miss Ella Snyder
Miss Robe Witt

Synopsis of Scenery

ACT I   Scene 1  The Dining Room of Harry Bronson's House on Riverside Drive, New York.
  Scene 2   The Conservatory of Harry Bronson's House.
  Scene 3   Pell Street, New York, on the Chinese New Year's Eve.
ACT II  Scene 1  Smyler's Candy Store, Broadway, New York
  Scene 2  The Interior of the Grand Central Station, New York.
  Scene 3  On the Lawn of the Casino at Narragansett Pier.

MIDI Files

ACT I

ACT II

Supplementary Number

Nos. 3, 5, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 26 are reprises or interpolated numbers, not included in the vocal score.


External Links
The Belle of New York at Wikipedia
The Belle of New York at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at IMSLP

American Musical Theatre

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