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Music Text

Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; German version by Roman Hinze (E,G)


Major roles: 4 men, 2 women; minor roles: 15 men (with doubling),
3 women; chorus; dancers
Reed I(=fl,Ebcl,Bbcl,asax).Reed II(=Bbcl,bcl,asax,barsax).Reed III(=ob,corA,Bbcl,tsax).Reed IV(picc,fl,Bbcl,tsax).Reed V(Bbcl,asax,bsax,bn)-; II=tam-t/tgl/2wdbl/xyl/cowbell/glsp/alarm clock-pft(=cel(opt))-strings

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Boosey & Hawkes, Sole Agent

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes as sole agent for concert (non-dramatic production and individual numbers worldwide); sole agent for staged productions outside USA & Canada, except for professional West End London productions.

For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.

World Premiere
Shubert Theater, New Haven, Connecticut
Donald Saddler, choreographer / George Abbott, director / Lehman Engel

Recommended Recording

Kim Criswell,  Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson, London Voices, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Simon Rattle
EMI CDC5567532

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