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The Social Whirl is a musical comedy in two acts with music by Gustave Kerker, libretto by Charles Doty and Joseph W. Herbert and lyrics by Joseph Herbert which was produced at the Casino Theatre, New York where it ran from 9 April 1906 to 15 September 1906, a total of 195 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

VIOLET DARE   (a Broadway Favorite) Adele Ritchie
MRS. JAMES ELLINGHAM   (a Society Leader) Mabel Fenton
BEEZY   (Colored Attendant in Manicure Parlors) Maude Raymond
GERMAINE DU MONDE   (Owner of the Manicure Parlors) Blanche Deyo
MRS. HOOVER THORPE   (a Society Widow) Caroline Locke
KITTIE LA VERNE   (Soubrette from the West) Ada Lewis
JULIAN ENDICOTT   (a Self-made Man) Charles J. Ross
JAMES ELLINGHAM   (on the Right Side of the Market) Frederic Bond
JACK ELLINGHAM   (Son of James Ellingham) Willard Curtiss
ARTIE ENDICOTT   (Representative of "The Social Whirl") Joseph Coyne
SANDY GRAHAM   (a Party from the West) Mark K. Heisey
LEM HICKS   (his Friend)
JACOB ENDERMAN   (the Professor)
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Charles Halton
BABETTE   (a Manicure) Elizabeth Brice
WAGSTAFFE J. Rider Glynn
POLICEMAN Edward Craven
STABLE BOY Henry Williams

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Interior of Germaine Du Monde's Manicure Parlors.

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Emporium Recherché that's only patronized, that's only patronised by the elite, an Institution proper that is never advertised..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Germaine - "A Manicure must be demure while plying her profession, for now and then the forward men will ask a rude concession..."
  • No. 3 - Entrance of Men - "When a chap with a monocle glued in his eye will sit in the stalls and heave sigh upon sigh, and patiently wait the appearance of Vi..."
  • No. 4 - Bootblack Scene - "It's an aggravating state of affairs when the weather takes you quite unawares; no umbrella, bodice thin, we are wet through to the skin."
  • No. 5 - Finale Act I - "Oh, why this row and why this clatter, tell us, tell us what's the matter.  Did this man attempt to batter, pick a pocket, rob? ..."

ACT II   -   Exterior of Broxville Club House.

  • No. 6 - Opening Chorus - "Hip! Hip-hooray, 'tis a glorious day our joyous joys to utter.  The mutton, ham, are smeared with jam, there's cayenne on the butter..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Artie and Chorus - "A story of love I will tell, about a society belle who left a good home, with a side show to roam, and to play the calliope as well..."
  • No. 8 - Trio - Violet, Endicott & Ellingham - "In this world of ups and downs, in these days of care and strife, 'tis a pleasure to remember other days and other life."
  • No. 9 - Song - Germaine - "Observe by the droop of my eye, observe by the curl of my lip, that I keep the golden rule and attend a Sunday school..."
  • No. 10 - Song - Julian and Men - "Oh, the properest thing at home is galloping o'er the lome, while bugle resounds and the baying of hounds are heard..."
  • No. 11 - Racing Scene - "They're off, away!  Ah, there they go a-prancing gaily along; they are a bully lot, all fine good and strong.  Ah, see them dashing forward..."

The words to song no. 9 were written by Hugh Morton.


External Links
Vocal Score at IMSLP
The Social Whirl at The Guide to Musical Theatre

American Musical Theatre

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