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Rambler Rose is an English version of Victor Jacobi's 1907 operetta, Tüskerózsa, with book and lyrics by Harry Bache Smith which opened at the Empire Theatre, New York, on 10 September 1917.

Dramatis Personæ

ROSAMOND LEE (an American girl) Julia Sanderson
JOSEPH GUPPY Joseph Cawthorn
GERALD MORTON (a painter) John Goldsworth
MARCEL PETIPAS (a sculptor) Stewart Baird
TIMOTHY BRIGGS (Guppy's Uncle from Brazil) George E. Mack
WILLIS (a chauffeur) George Egan
A FARMER'S BOY W. H. Bentley
ANGELE (an actress) Ada Meade
LADY CLOVERDALE (directress of a school for girls) Kate Sergeantson
    (Schoolgirls) {
Ethel Boyd
Doris Predo
Wilma Walton
TITA (an artist's model) Gladys Siddons

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Lady Cloverdale's School, near Plymouth, England.

  • No. 1 - Opening Scene and Chorus - "La la la la..." etc. then "Some girls are fond of sport of athletic sort, that's their only pleasure.  Painting is the thing we love..."
  • No. 1½ - Exit - "La la la la la la la..." etc. then "From our work for the day we're free, and I think we have earned our tea..."
  • No. 2 - Trio - Marcel, Claire and Blanche - "In love I am nothing but a rover, like a bee in a field of clover, so I go here and there, look them over, ev'ry girl..."
  • No. 2a - Scene - Lady Cloverdale and Schoolgirls - "Intensely modern are we, as up-to-date girls should be ... No other college can teach this sort of knowledge..."
  • No. 2b - Exit
  • No. 3 - Song - Gerald and Girls - "I know a girl and you know a girl who laughs when you talk of love.  That is her artful way ... as you will learn some day..."
  • No. 4 - Song - Rose and Girls - "In our old-fashioned garden there's a voice I seem to hear, tell me, tell me there is freedom near.  One vagrant flower says to me..."
  • No. 5 - Duet - Rose and Gerald - "Life is a journey that often seems long,  we take the road with a sigh or a song.  Meeting and parting forever..."
  • No. 6 - Duet - Rose and Guppy - "Tho' your plans I've quite unsettled, do not feel provoked and nettled ... What can you expect when my young life is wrecked..."
  • No. 7 - Finale Act I - "So soon on your way? ... Yes, I dare not delay ... You must go today? ... My adieus I must say to all the kind friends I've known here..."

ACT II   -   The Studio of Marcel and Gerald in Paris.

  • No. 8 - Opening Chorus - "While the corks pop don't stop, pass around the wine, fill your glass and mine for a jolly ev'ning I'm in line.  Come on boys! ..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Angèle and Chorus - "Oh, what shall we do with the night tonight?  I ask you one and all.  There's no better use for a night in sight, so don't forget..."
  • No. 9a - Exit - "Come on!  Come on, we'll dance till the light of dawn!   No laws are obeyed at the Masquerade; we'll have all the fun we can..."
  • No. 9b - Pantomimic Scene
  • No. 10 - Quartet - Angèle, Tita, Gerald & Marcel - "Lead me out upon the ballroom floor; tell the band just what to play. Dance with me as you have danced before,"
  • No. 11 - Duet - Rose and Guppy - "I'm willing to tarry, no hurry to marry, a great man alone I'll wed ... You don't want a zero but some kind of hero..."
  • No. 12 - Cinderella Song - Rose - "In the olden days so far away, I remember a child who was lonely, who found happiness only when a-weary of play in twilight..."
  • No. 12½ - Chorus - "Vive l'amour, vive la Bagatelle, wine is a friend that we all love well.  Vive l'amour!  Here's to you, ma belle, life may be very short, who can tell?"
  • No. 13 - Song - Rose and Chorus - "Strange wild music is echoing for ever in all hearts that live in Bohemia the free.  Hark, it calls us and we resist it never..."
  • No. 14 - Finale Act II - "I find you all alone;  I beg your pardon for intruding upon your brooding.  What can make you so sad?  Tell me, I pray you..."

ACT III   -   The Casino Garden at Deauville, France.

  • No. 15 - Opening Chorus - "Oh, how d'ye do and how are you.  It's nice to meet you here; and so you just arrived today?  How well you're looking, my dear..."
  • No. 15½ - Exit - "Fall in line, come to the Dress Parade, Society's promenade with Beauty of ev'ry grade in glory arrayed..."
  • No. 16 - Song - Rose and Men - "No one can say when or where, tho' one may always take care, you'll find there'll come time when somewhere and sometime..."
  • No. 16½ - Reminiscence - Rose and Gerald - "Dream on, who can say where your star may lead you, till in loving eyes where heart to heart replies..."
  • No. 17 - Duet - Rose and Guppy - "With your mighty brain and your superb physique, your bride must be a fitting mate ... Tho' I may be modeled on the classic..."
  • No. 18 - Finale - Act III - "Come!  The magic music calls to you.  Come to gypsy land where hearts are true.  Brothers hand in hand we roam, rove, laugh, love..."

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