The Office Boy is a musical comedy in two acts with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith, based on the French farce Le Jockey malgré lui by Maurice Ordonneau and Paul Gavault, and music by Ludwig Engländer. It opened at Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre, New York on 2 November, 1903 where it ran for 66 performances.
| NOAH LITTLE (an office boy)
|| Frank Daniels
| RIDER LITTLE (a famous jockey)
|| Alfred Hickman
| TOBIAS VAN TWILLER
|| Sydney Toler
| DAMON KETCHAM
|| Gilbert Clayton
| PYTHIAS CHEATHAM
|| James C. Reany
| REGGY HIGGINS
|| David Bennett
| PERCY WIGGINS
|| Laurence Wheat
|| W. C. Kelly
|| Leavitt James
|| Louise Gunning
| CLAIRE DE LUNE
|| Eva Tanguay
|| Violet Holls
|| Marion Harte
|| Ida Gabrielle
| FIRST MESSENGER IN LAW OFFICE
|| May Sheridan
| SECOND MESSENGER IN LAW OFFICE
|| Maud Welsh
| MISS HARVARD
| (Guests of Van Twiller)
| Gwendolyn Valentine
| SPIKE MUGGINS
|| Frank Conway
| THUG MAGAFA
|| J. Lafayette
ACT I - Law office of Ketcham and Cheatham.
- No. 1 - Overture
- No. 2 - Opening Ensemble - "First, put the date! May, twenty-three! ... May, twenty-three! ... Year A.D. Nineteen-hundred-three! ... Now you may address it..."
- No. 3 - Song - Damon and Chorus - "At his desk all day, in methodical way, sits the New York business man; he has cunning and dash in pursuing the cash..."
- No. 4 - Bohemia Song - Claire, with Reggy, Percy and Chorus - "You see in me a Diva of the opera known as grand; in Wagner I'm the brightest of the lights..."
- No. 5 - Duet - Noah and Euphemia - "To adequately prove the greatness of my love, to do the wildest deeds I would be proud; if you but say the word, I'll soar..."
- No. 6 - Trio - Noah, Paquita and Rider - "When I am out to win a race ... Hoop-la! What a race! ... Of jockeys he's a certain ace! ... Hoop-la! Sets the pace..."
- No. 7 - Song - Noah and others - "If you don't know the girl I am going to wed, you have miss'd a great deal, that is all to be said; her hair it is auburn..."
- No. 8 - Song - Euphemia - "Men have nearly always been deceivers, so poets right frequently tell, yet they're always sure to find believers in every innocent belle..."
- No. 9 - Finale Act I - "Far from city's dust and heat, gladly we would have vacation; seeking rest and recreation in some countrified retreat..."
ACT II - Van Twiller's villa and private race course.
- No. 10 - Entr'Acte
- No. 11 - Opening Ensemble - "Patrons of the turf are we, of the smartest sort; long on dress as you will see, but rather short on sport; what we do not know..."
- No. 12 - Song - Euphemia and Chorus - "I like to be a hero's bride, a hero military; to all things martial I am partial. The fife and drum so airy, take your civilians..."
- No. 13 - Trio - Noah, Van Twiller and Euphemia - "All superstition is not dead, as people oft' infer. Some signs there are which fill with dread whenever they occur."
- No. 14 - Song - Claire - "Last summer I was stopping at a hotel by the sea, and quite a score of handsome youths made violent love to me..." (4 verses)
- No. 15 - Burglars' Trio and Dance - Claire, Percy and Reggy - "There is something captivating, there's a lot that's fascinating in an enterprising criminal career..."
- No. 16 - Ballad - Euphemia and Chorus - "My heart is in my keeping, I'll give it where I choose. The smiles are mine or weeping, if suitors I refuse..."
- No. 17 - Finale Act II - "Then we take a train for Bohemia, we haven't far to go; a bright café, where all is gay and you find those folks you know..."
- External Link
- The Office Boy at The Guide to Musical Theatre
American Musical Theatre
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