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The Prince of Pilsen is a musical comedy in two acts written by Frank Pixley and composed by Gustav Luders. It was first performed at the Tremont Theatre, Boston, in May 1902 and subsequently opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on 17 March 1903 where it ran for 147 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

HANS WAGNER   (a Cincinnati brewer, travelling abroad) John W. Ransome
NELLIE   (his daughter) Ruth Peebles
LIEUT. TOM WAGNER   (of the US cruiser Annapolis, his son) Ivey Anderson
MRS. MADISON CROCKER   (a widow from New York) Dorothy Morton
EDITH ADAMS   (a Vassar student, travelling abroad) Mabel Pierson
ARTHUR ST JOHN WILBERFORCE   (Earl of Somerset, a tourist) Maurice Darcy
CARL OTTO   (the Prince of Pilsen, a student at Heidelberg) Arthur Donaldson
FRANÇOIS   (concierge of the International Hotel, Nice) Robert O'Connor
SIDONIE   (Mrs. Crocker's French maid) Louise Montrose
JIMMY   (a bell boy) Zella Frank

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   The water-front gardens of the International Hotel, Nice.


  • No. 11 - Opening Chorus - "Tally ho!  The horn of the master is calling, it says we must away.  Oh, list to the echoes enthralling, their voice we must obey..."
  • No. 12 - Song - Hans - "A friend of mine went driving with a girl whom he admired, one ev'ning when the moon was shining bright;  but he soon got into trouble..."
  • No. 13 - Song - Mrs. Crocker and Chorus - "Here's a girl from a town that's won renown for the Tammany tiger's capers; it's a beautiful spot but the news is so hot..."
  • No. 14 - Song - Tom and Chorus - "The rose's lips are warm and red, and burning with desire;  her heart and soul are all a-flame with passion's glowing fire..."
  • No. 15 - Song - Nellie, Prince and Chorus - "In days of long ago, a moonbeam loved a star, but how could he tell her so, so fair, but, ah! so far..."
  • No. 16 - Duet - François and Sidonie - "We hold the winning cards,  let's seek the boulevards, where night is day and life is gay with love's rewards..."
  • No. 17 - Flower Fête - "At last with hearts elate we end our floral fête.  No thoughts of care shall mar these golden hours on this festal day..."
  • No. 18 - Song - Tom and Chorus - "When the call to arms resounds throughout the land, ev'ry Yankee tar is ready, heart and hand.  If there's fighting to be done..."
  • No. 19 - Finale Act II - "She's the pretty city widow, she has learned a thing or two;  she's a frisky, risky creature, and she'd clink a glass with you..."

External Links
Vocal Score at the Internet Archive
Musical of the Month: The Prince of Pilsen at New York Public Library

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