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The story is set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and concerns Rose-Marie La Flemme, a French Canadian girl who loves miner Jim Kenyon. When Jim falls under suspicion for murder, her brother Emile plans for Rose-Marie to marry Edward Hawley, a city man.
Producer Arthur Hammerstein, attempting to create popular new Broadway shows in the operetta tradition, sought exotic, unusual settings for his new productions. The Fortune Teller (1898) is set in Hungary, The Merry Widow (1907) takes place in France, and Naughty Marietta (1910) features New Orleans. He sent his nephew, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Otto Harbach to Quebec, Canada, to witness a rumored magnificent ice sculpture festival. The men reported that there was not, nor had there ever been, such a festival in Quebec or any part of Canada.
Arthur Hammerstein still liked the Canadian setting, and Oscar Hammerstein II and Harbach began work on the book for a new musical set in the Canadian Rockies. Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart collaborated on the score, and opera star Mary Ellis was cast in the title role. British actor and singer Dennis King was cast opposite her as Jim Kenyon.
Productions and Adaptations
Rose-Marie premiered on September 2, 1924 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, running for 557 performances. Direction was by Paul Dickey and choreography was by Dave Bennett. The orchestrations were by Robert Russell Bennett. Costumes were designed by Charles LeMaire, and settings were by Gates and Morange. It had a brief revival on Broadway in 1927.
It was then produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London in 1925, enjoying another extraordinary run of 581 performances. The original West End production had a chorus of eighty. It was London's most successful Broadway show after World War I until it was surpassed by Oklahoma!. In Paris's Théâtre Mogador, Rose-Marie ran for an unprecedented 1,250 performances.
A touring company premiered the work in Canada on January 12, 1925 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and the piece toured Australia and played in Paris. Other Canadian productions were given by the Variétés lyriques in 1937 and another in 1945, in French, and by Theatre Under the Stars in 1940, Melody Fair in 1951, and the Eaton Operatic Society in 1959. In recent decades, it has been produced by the Light Opera of Manhattan several times in the 1970s and 1980s, the Shaw Festival in Canada (1981), Light Opera Works of Illinois (1987), and Ohio Light Opera in 2003.
The show has been filmed three times, including a silent film in 1928. Joan Crawford starred in this version, alongside James Murray. The best known film version was released in 1936, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Although the plot was changed, and most of the songs were dropped, it was a huge success and became MacDonald and Eddy's best-known film. In 1954, MGM produced an Eastmancolor version in Cinemascope, which more closely followed the original plot, but it still dropped most of Friml's songs. This version starred Ann Blyth, Howard Keel and Fernando Lamas, with Bert Lahr and Marjorie Main as comic relief. It was choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
"Vive la Canadienne" – Sergeant Malone and Ensemble
"Hard-Boiled Herman" – Hard-Boiled Herman and Ensemble
"Rose-Marie" – Jim Kenyon and Sergeant Malone
"The Mounties" – Sergeant Malone and Ensemble
"Lak Jeem" – Rose-Marie La Flamme and Ensemble
"Rose-Marie (Reprise)" – Rose-Marie, Sergeant Malone, Edward Hawley, Emile and Ensemble
"Indian Love Call" – Rose-Marie and Jim
"Pretty Things" – Rose-Marie and Ensemble
"Why Shouldn't We?" – Lady Jane and Hard-Boiled Herman
"Totem Tom-Tom" – Wanda and Ensemble
"Pretty Things (Reprise)" – Ethel Brander and Girls
"Only a Kiss" – Hard-Boiled Herman, Lady Jane and Sergeant Malone
"I Love Him" – Rose-Marie, Jim, Hawley, Emile, Ethel and Wanda
"The Minuet of the Minute" – Rose-Marie and Hard-Boiled Herman
"One Man Woman" – Lady Jane, Hard-Boiled Herman and Ensemble
"The Door of Her Dreams (Door of My Dreams)" – Ensemble
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Rose-Marie (1924-09-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 4 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 557 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : mardi 02 septembre 1924Dernière : samedi 16 janvier 1926Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
Rose-Marie (1925-03-Drury Lane Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Drury Lane Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 ans Nombre : 851 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : vendredi 20 mars 1925Dernière : samedi 26 mars 1927Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Avec : The musical starred EDITH DAY in the title role and the cast included CHARLES MEAKINS, CLARICE HARDWICKE, PERCY PARSONS, BARRIE LIVESEY, JACK LIVESEY, HAZEL GAUDREAU, GENE GERRARD, ROY RUSSELL and MARJORIE CHARDCommentaires : There were over 100 in the chorus at Drury Lane.En savoir plus sur cette version
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