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The Spring Chicken is an English musical comedy adapted by George Grossmith, Jr. from Coquin de Printemps (1897) by Jaime and Duval, with music by Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton and lyrics by Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank and Grossmith, produced by George Edwardes at the Gaiety Theatre, opening on 30 May 1905. It ran for a very successful 401 performances. The London production starred Grossmith, Harry Grattan, and Gertie Millar, with Henry Lytton later joining the cast.

The Spring Chicken had a Broadway run in 1906 and toured in Britain and America.

Dramatis Personæ

GUSTAVE BABORI   (Advocate) Mr. George Grossmith, Jun.
BONIFACE   (his Head Clerk) Mr. Lionel Mackinder
BARON PAPOUCHE   (his Client) Mr. Harry Grattan
FÉLIX   (Head Waiter at "The Crimson Butterfly") Mr. Robert Nainby
STEPHEN-HENRY   (Girdle's Son) Mr. William Spray
PROPRIETOR OF "THE CRIMSON BUTTERFLY" Mr. Arthur Hatherton
ALEXIS
FERDINAND
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}
(Babori's Clerks) {
{
Mr. George Gregory
Mr. Harry Taylor
WAITER Mr. Leigh Ellis
NAPOLEON   (Office Boy) Master Cross
JOSEPH BONIFACE   (an Artist) Mr. Charles Brown
INSPECTOR OF POLICE Mr. R. Tremayne
MR. GIRDLE   (Babori's Father-in-Law) Mr. Edmund Payne
MRS. GIRDLE Miss Connie Ediss
BARONESS PAPOUCHE Miss Kate Cutler
DULCIE BABORI   (Babori's Wife) Miss Olive Morell
EMMY-LOU   (Girdle's Niece) Miss Olive May
LA MODISTE Miss Isabelle Lidster
SYLVANA
THÉRÈSE
HENRIETTE
}
}
}
(Clients of Babori) {
{
{
Miss Gaynor Rowlands
Miss Gertrude Glyn
Miss Marguerite Gray
YVONNE
YVETTE
CÉLESTE
}
}
}
(Grisettes) {
{
{
Miss Kitty Mason
Miss Fanny Dango
Miss Ethel Oliver
ROSALIE Miss Gertie Millar

Lyrics and MIDI Files

ACT I - Office of M. Babori at his Residence, Paris.

ACT II
Scene 1   -   The Crimson Butterfly Restaurant, Malmaison.
Scene 2   -   A Studio at Malmaison.

ADDENDA. (Lyrics are not available for these songs)


Millar Millar and Payne Millar
Millar and Payne Millar and Payne

External Link
Vocal Score at the Internet Archive
The Spring Chicken at Wikipedia

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