Musical (1931)


Musique: Karl Millöcker
Paroles: Paul Knepler
Livret: Paul Knepler • Rowland Leigh
Production à la création:

The young milliner, Jeanne, quarrels with the hat-shop owner, Madame Labille, and, unemployed, has to rely on her poet-lover, René Lavallery, for financial support. However, the Comte Dubarry entices her away from the poet’s garret to the Maison Dubarry. Even higher “honours” are on offer, for the Maréchale de France, makes it clear the King is very interested in Jeanne, the “Madame Dubarry”, and is willing to pay the Comte’s debts for a consideration. The Comte is only too ready to make a deal - it seems there are many pimps and procurers at the court of Louis Quinze - and the upshot of it all is, of course, that Madame Dubarry becomes the uncrowned Queen of France.

A radically new version of "Gräphin Dubarry", in nine scenes under the title "Die Dubarry", was prepared by Theo Mackeben with music from the original Gräfin Dubarry as well as other works, and a new text was written by Paul Knepler, Ignaz Michael Welleminsky and E. M. Cremer. This was first given at the Admiralspalast in Berlin on 14 August 1931. According to Andrew Lamb, this introduced "alien structures and orchestration" compared with the original



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Version 1

Die Dubarry (1931-08-Admiralspalast-Berlin)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Admiralspalast (Berlin - Allemagne)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 14 août 1931
Première : vendredi 14 août 1931
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : ???? ????
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
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Version 2

The Dubarry (1932-04-His Majesty's Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Her Majesty's Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 397 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 14 avril 1932
Première : jeudi 14 avril 1932
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Felix Edwardes
Chorégraphie : Anton Dolin
Producteur :
Avec : Anny Ahlers (Jeanne), Margaret Yarde (Mme. Labille), Heddle Nash (René Lavallery), Edmund Willard (Comte Dubarry), Helen Haye (Maréchale de France), Lawrence Anderson (Louis XV)
Commentaires longs: The original operetta premiered in Vienna in 1879 with libretto by F. Zell and Richard Genee, but despite critical approval, it failed with the public. In 1931 Theo Mackeben created a radically new version of the work, with a new text and added music from other works by Millocker and an interpolation of a ballet by Ravel. (Mackeben was the original conductor of the revolutionary Brecht/Weill “Threepenny Opera). This new version was first given in Berlin in 1931 and went on to great success throughout Europe. The London production ran for 397 performances. It was criticised for its historical inaccuracy, and for its somewhat sensational scenes of immorality, but the public loved it, and it had a successful run of 397 performances. (It was not so successful on Broadway - even starring Grace Moore it managed just 87 performances)

Version 3

The Dubarry (1932-11-George M. Cohan's Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: George M. Cohan's Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 87 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 22 novembre 1932
Première : mardi 22 novembre 1932
Dernière : samedi 04 février 1933
Mise en scène : Morris Green
Chorégraphie : Dorothea Berke
Producteur :
Avec : Charles Angelo (Baron Chamard), Jeanne Audree (Suzanne), Fenton Barrett Prince de Soubise, Ethel Britton (Maid to Madame DuBarry), Nana Bryant (Marechale de Luxenbourg), John Clarke (Comte Lammond), Patricia Clarke (Ninon), Joyce Coles (La Camargo)

Version 4

The Dubarry (1947-10-Princes Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 55 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 08 octobre 1947
Première : mercredi 08 octobre 1947
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Hugh Miller
Chorégraphie : Beatrice Appleyard
Producteur :
Avec : Irene Manning (Jeanne), Kathleen Williams (Mme. Labille), John Hendrik (René Lavallery), Barry Mackay (Comte Dubarry), Netta Westcott (Maréchale de Luxembourg), Frank Leighton (Louis XV)
Commentaires longs: The American singing film-star Irene Manning headed this cast in a lavish production which failed to catch on with neither critics nor audience. Although everyone agreed she sang well, she failed to capture the inherent “naughtiness” of the role.

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