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Musical (1928)


Musique: George Gershwin • Sigmund Romberg
Paroles: Ira Gershwin • P. G. Wodehouse
Livret: Guy Bolton • William Anthony McGuire

The story tells of a princess from a faraway land who comes to America and falls in love with a West Point Lieutenant.

It was first produced on Broadway in 1928 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. It was adapted in 1937 as a musical film with songs by Cole Porter.

In the kingdom of Romanza, the crowd assembles to await the arrival of the West Point flyer Lieutenant Richard Fay, coming to visit a girl whom he met in Paris. Mary O'Brien is waiting for her boyfriend, Bill, who she thinks is on the flight with Lt. Fay. When Dick and Rosalie meet, they realize they are in love ("Say So!"). Dick finds out that she is a Princess and he angrily leaves. King Cyril reluctantly goes to visit America to obtain a loan for his troubled country, accompanied by his daughter Princess Rosalie and the Queen.

Princess Rosalie visits West Point, but she is disguised. The cadets welcome the royal family ("West Point March"), and Dick and Rosalie continue their romantic relationship ("Oh Gee-Oh Joy"). However, Rosalie agrees to marry Captain Carl, whose father is a Prince, to keep Dick from being tried in court ("Kingdom of Dreams").

At a dance at West Point, Mary and Bill, who had been fighting, make up ("Ev'rybody Knows I Love Somebody"). Rosalie attends the dance, disguised as a cadet ("Follow the Drum"). Mary wonders about the feelings she has for Bill ("How Long Has This Been Going On?"). Dick and Rosalie return to Romanza and start a revolution so that her royal duties will no longer keep them apart. Exiled to Paris, Rosalie and a group of dancers perform ("The Ballet of the Flowers"), and King Cyril happily announces the engagement of Rosalie and Dick.

La création était produite par Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

Reception: Brooks Atkinson wrote that Marilyn Miller was "engaging", but Rosalie "did not match her Sunny or the 'perfection' of Show Boat. Alexander Woollcott commented "The house holds its breath and in walks Marilyn Miller."

Broadway
The musical, produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, premiered on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on January 10, 1928 and ran for 335 performances. Directed by William Anthony McGuire, the cast starred Marilyn Miller as the princess, Frank Morgan as her father, King Cyril, Bobbe Arnst (Mary), Margaret Dale (the Queen), and Jack Donahue. The set designer, Joseph Urban, and costume designer, John Harkrider "devised elaborate stage pictures ranging from a public square...to a West Point ballroom to a Paris nightclub." Michel Fokine choreographed the second act ballet, and there was a chorus of 64. The musical was a mixture of operetta and a 1920s musical.

Subsequent productions
Rosalie was performed in many regional theatres, including the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey in 1946 and 1948, and the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) six times between 1938 and 1960. These productions frequently used some Cole Porter songs from the film.

There was a production of Rosalie in 1957 starring Mimi Benzell, David Brooks and Henny Youngman.





Act I
Here They Are
Show Me the Town ±±
Entrance of the Hussars
Hussar March
Say So!
Let Me Be a Friend to You
West Point Bugle
West Point March
Oh Gee-Oh Joy
Say So! (reprise)
Kingdom of Dreams

Act II
New York Serenade
The King Can Do No Wrong
Everybody Knows
Follow the Drums±±±
How Long Has This Been Going On?±
Setting-Up Exercises
Oh Gee-Oh Joy (Reprise)
(At) The Ex-Kings' Club
The Goddesses of Crystal
The Ballet of the Flowers

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Version 1

Rosalie (1928-01-New Amsterdam Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: New Amsterdam Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 9 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 335 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 10 janvier 1928
Première : mardi 10 janvier 1928
Dernière : samedi 27 octobre 1928
Mise en scène : William Anthony McGuire
Chorégraphie : Seymour Felix
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Une production de Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
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