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Winsome Winnie is a comedy opera in three acts composed by Gustave Kerker to a libretto by Frederic Ranken. It was given 56 performances on Broadway at the Casino Theatre, opening on 1 December 1903.

Dramatis Personæ

LORD POVERISH   (an impecunious nobleman) Dick Temple
LADY ARABELLA Jobyna Howland
DESMOND   (her son) W. P. Carleton
AILEEN   (her daughter) Helen Redmond
MARJORIE BELL   (an American heiress, his ward) Isobel Hall
CAPTAIN COTTERILL   (his sailing master) William E. Philp
DR. AUGUST KRAUSE   (proprietor of Krause's Tiny Tablets) James E. Sullivan
(his daughters) {
Mildred Kearney
Daisy Green
PERICLES   (proprietor of the "Plucked Pigeon" and the "Brazen Bandits") Joseph C. Miron
DEMETRIUS   (his chief assistant in both enterprises) William Corless
(Brigands) {
W. C. Brockmeyer
L. Parmet
ZORA   (a flower girl) Jeanne Calducci
(guests aboard Lord Poverish's yacht
"The Anita")
Stella Hammerstein
Julia Sanderson
Clara Pitt
Mazie Follette
Mildred Thornwall
Mae Hopkins
Cecaelia Rhode
Louise Elliott
Edna Sidney
Grace Spencer
WINNIE WALKER   (known as Winsome Winnie) Paula Edwardes

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   The Landing at Cataro-Montenegro.

  • No. 1 - Song - Winnie - "If you see a stealthy couple who are looking out for clew, if they've badges on their waistcoats, black moustaches, square-toed shoes..."
  • No. 2 - Duet - Aileen, Captain and Chorus - "Within a garden once there lived a fickle rosebud fair, a rose bud tender, slim and slender, sweet beyond compare..."
  • No. 3 - Trio - Pericles, Aileen and Captain - "In days of old, a Brigand bold went forth at the fall of night, Yo-ho! ... And armed, they say, to seek his prey..."
  • No. 4 - Song - Winnie and Chorus - "You can sail around this world, from Greenland's mountains to Bombay, take trips to frozen Norway and see Paris..."
  • No. 5 - Finale Act I - "Why none but all of us..." etc..." Then follow me!  To catch them, unhatch them, in strategy to match them shall be out first endeavor..."

ACT II   -   The Lair of the Brazen Bandits.

  • No. 6 - Prelude and Opening Chorus - "Hola! Hola!..." etc., then "Though we are a band of cut-throats, steeped in ev'ry sort of crime, with the stealthy sneak..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Pericles and Chorus - "Come, gather around and I'll give ye a song, as the song it was given to me;  'Tis a tale of a miller who loved a lass..."
  • No. 8 - Duet - Aileen and Captain - "Two little doves sat on a bough and cooed their loves in plighted vow.  She softly said: I love you dear, no night is dark..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Winnie and Girls - "Sing Song Lee was a little Chinee with a cu-cu-curious queue, and Sing Song Lee loved Ping Pong Tee as Chinamen oft will do."
  • No. 10 - Song - (singer unspecified) - "I'm a cute little soldier of Company A;  Attention, please!  Keep step with your knees.  Rat-ta-ta-tat! ..."
  • No. 11 - Song - Desmond - "There's a fascinating captivating pretty little maid, I wonder if you've ever chanc'd to meet;  she is wilful, very skillful..."
  • No. 12 - Song - Winnie and others - "The boy stood on the burning deck, whence all but him had fled;  the flames that lit the battles wreck shone round him..."
  • No. 13 - Finale Act II - "Winnie!  My winsome Winnie!  Oh! won't you please, dear, came back to me?  Oh! Winnie!  It seems so wintry..."

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External Links
Vocal Score at IMSLP
Winsome Winnie at The Guide to Musical Theatre

American Musical Theatre

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