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The Dancing Years (Revised version)

Christopher Hassall, Ivor Novello, Tom Arnold, Cecil Clarke

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  13f, 12m, 1boy(s)

The Dancing Years (Revised version) libretto
Devised, written and composed by Ivor Novello, lyrics by Christopher Hassall
A new version for the theatre adapted by Cecil Clarke and Tom Arnold

Cecil Clarke's adaptation for television has been used as the basis for the current revised version. While retaining all the well-known musical numbers, it allows a more fluid production and is no longer dependent on major scene changes.

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    13f, 12m, 1boy(s)
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Cecil Clarke's adaptation for television has been used as the basis for the current revised version. While retaining all the well-known musical numbers, it allows a more fluid production, no longer dependent on major scene changes, and, by omitting scenes incidental to the main plot, has concentrated on the central love story between penniless, unknown composer, Rudi Kleber, who leaps to fame in Vienna of 1911, and the operetta star who first befriends him, Maria Ziegler.

The Scenes
SS headquarters in Vienna, a beer garden, Maria's drawing room, the Theater an der Wein, a schloss garden, the Gala Locher's restaurant.
Staging for this adapted version has been greatly simplified and the seats very much left to the individual director and the resources available.

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Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI

Casting

13f, 12m, 1boy(s)
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  • Expandable casting

Singing principals:
Maria; Cécille, her mentor; Grete; Ceruti, a tenor. Straight roles: Hattie, guest-housekeeper; Countess Lotte; Rudi; Prince Charles Metterling; Franzel, a young officer; Carl, Maria's 12-year-old son.

Casting Notes

Numerous smaller roles as well as a large chorus

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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Authors

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Christopher Hassall

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Ivor Novello

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Tom Arnold

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Cecil Clarke

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