The Dream Girl

The Dream Girl

'The Dream Girl is an operetta in three acts with music by Victor Herbert and book by Rida Johnson Young (who also wrote the lyrics) and Harold Atterbridge. It is based on the 1906 play "The Road to Yesterday" by Beulah Marie Dix and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland. Additional music was written by Sigmund Romberg. It opened at the Ambassador Theatre on August 20 1924 and ran for 117 performances.

"The Dream Girl" was Victor Herbert's last musical composition, and the work was produced posthumously. A satiric look at reincarnation, it starred Fay Bainter, George LeMaire and Walter Woolf.

Roles and original cast

*Ken Paulton - Edward Basse
*Will Levison - John Clarke
*Elspeth - Fay Bainter
*Cristoforo - Edmund Fitzpatrick
*Wilson Addison - George LeMaire
*Bobby Thompkins - Frank Masters
*Elinor Levison - Alice Moffat
*Aunt Harriet - Maude Odell
*Mr. Gillette - William Oneal
*Nora - Clara Palmer
*Dolly Follis - Wyn Richmond
*Jimmie Van Dyke - Billie B. Van
*Malena - Vavara
*Jack Warren - Walter Woolf

Musical numbers

;Act I
*Making a Venus - Bobby Thompkins, Malena, Models and Boys
*All Year Round (Music by Sigmund Romberg) - Jack Warren and Chorus
*Dancing Round - Elspeth and Chorus
*(My) Dream Girl (I Loved You Long Ago) - Jack
*Old Songs - Maidens and Quartette ;Act II
*Maiden, Let Me In - Will Levison and Boys
*Gypsy Life - Malena and Chorus
*Stop, Look and Listen - Elspeth, Jimmie Van Dyke and Bobby
*(The) Broad Highway - Jack and Chorus
*My Hero - Elspeth and Jack
*I Want to Go Home (Music by Sigmund Romberg)- Elspeth ;Act III
*Bubbles - Dolly Follis and Chorus
*Make Love in the Morning - Jimmie and Dancers
*Saxophone Man - Bobby, Dolly and Chorus
*Dream Girl - Elspeth, Jack and Company

External links

* [ "The Dream Girl" at the IBDB database]
* [,9171,768998,00.html Time Magazine review of the original production]

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