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Musical (1927)


Musique: Harry Tierney
Paroles: Joseph McCarthy
Livret: Fred Thompson • Guy Bolton

Rio Rita may be said to be one of the last, great, "light musical comedies" or "Follies-based" type of musical. With the introduction of Show Boat, later in 1927—as well as the subsequent introduction of George Gershwin's musicals that year and through the early 1930s -- the American musical became much more a dramatically cohesive "musical play". This form reached its maturity in the Rodgers and Hammerstein productions, beginning with Oklahoma! and culminating with South Pacific.

The captain of the Texas Rangers, Jim Stewart, is in San Lucar Mexico on the Rio Grande, in disguise in order to catch the notorious bandit Kinkajou. While there, he falls in love with Rita Ferguson, an Irish-American-Mexican girl who sings in the local hotel after being displaced, along with her brother, from her family ranch.

General Esteban, the Governor of the San Lucar District, also loves Rita and hates all gringos. He hatches a plot to set Jim and Rita at odds by making Rita doubt both her own brother, who may be the Kinkajou, and Jim, who may be spying on her brother through her.

Amid all of this intrigue, Chick Bean, a soap salesman, and Dolly, an American cabaret girl, arrive in San Lucar and get married. Unbeknownst to Dolly, Chick also went to Mexico to obtain a quick divorce from his unfaithful first wife, Katie. But then hours after Chick and Dolly are wed, Ed Lovett, a lawyer of dubious reputation, informs Chick that his divorce is not recognized by the U.S. Government. Complications ensue.

It premiered on Broadway on February 2, 1927, at the new Ziegfeld Theatre and, after moving to the Lyric Theatre and Majestic Theatre, closed on April 7, 1928 after 494 performances, a very long run for its time. In Sydney, Gladys Moncrieff appeared in a successful production at the St James Theatre. The musical premiered in London's West End on April 3, 1930, at the then newly opened Prince Edward Theatre.

The musical was made into a film in 1929, Rio Rita, starring Bebe Daniels and John Boles along with the team of Wheeler & Woolsey. Based on the success of this film, Wheeler & Woolsey were also given contracts to star in a series of comedies. Another film based on the musical was made in 1942.





Act I
Overture
Opening chorus ("The world loves a lover, they say")
The Best little lover in Town - Lovett, chorus of girls
Sweetheart - Rita, chorus of girls
River Song ("Down By the River of My Dreams") - Rita
Eight Little Gringos - gringo girls
Are You There? - Dolly, Chick
Rio Rita - Rita, Jim
Rangers' chorus - rangers
March of the rangers - Jim, rangers
Spanish Shawl ("Beneath the Silken Shawl") - Carmen, serenaders
The Kinkajou - chorus
You're Always In My Arms" - Rita
If You're in Love, you'll Waltz - Rita, Jim
Moonlight ballet
Out on the Loose - Chick, girls
Finale, Act 1

Act II
Opening dance
Yo Ho and a Bottle of Rum - girls
The Black and White Ballet - girls
Come, take a Trip - chorus
I can Speak Espagnol - Dolly, Lovett
Roses - Jim, Rita
Following the Sun Around - Jim
You're Always in My Arms (reprise) - Rita
The Best Little Lover in Town (reprise) - Lovett
Rio Rita (reprise) - Jim
Incidental music
Following the Sun around (reprise) - katie
Finale, Act 2 - ensemble

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Version 1

Rio Rita (1927-02-Ziegfield Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Ziegfield Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 02 février 1927
Première : mercredi 02 février 1927
Dernière : samedi 07 avril 1928
Mise en scène : John Harwood
Chorégraphie : Sammy Lee • Albertina Rasch
Avec : Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, J. Harold Murray, Ethelind Terry, Vincent Serrano, Ada-May, Walter Petrie, Helen C. Clive, Katherine Burke, Al Clair, Donald Douglas, …
Commentaires :
Ziegfeld Theatre (2/2/1927 - 25/12/1927)
Lyric Theatre (26/12/1927 - 11/3/1928)
Majestic Theatre (12/3/1928 - 7/4/1928)

The musical was made into a film in 1929, Rio Rita, starring Bebe Daniels and John Boles along with the team of Wheeler & Woolsey. Based on the success of this film, Wheeler & Woolsey were also given contracts to star in a series of comedies. Another film based on the musical was made in 1942.
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