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The Vagabond King

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  7f, 13m

The Vagabond King (libretto)
Book and lyrics by W.H. Post and Brian Hooker from If I Were King by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Music by Rudolf Friml

Cut-throat and drunkard, pickpocket and braggart - Francois Villon is all of these. But he is also a poet and a Romantic and he is adored by the rabble of Louis XI's Paris, which is ringed by the armies of the rebellious Burgundians. Katherine de Vau…

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    7f, 13m
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  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Cut-throat and drunkard, pickpocket and braggart - Francois Villon is all of these. But he is also a poet and a Romantic and he is adored by the rabble of Louis XI's Paris, which is ringed by the armies of the rebellious Burgundians. Katherine de Vaucelles has recieved poems from Villon, not knowing his identity. She has rejected the advances of Louis, and has gone to an inn to discover more about her unknown admirer. To revenge himself on Katherine the King brings Villon to court and offers him twenty four hours to prove himself. by the following dawn he must have won the hand of Katherine or the hang-man's noose will be round his neck. Huguette, a harlot Guy Taberie, afat fool are among those who join in Villon,subsequent adventures. Both offer their lives in his place and one of them is to die before Burgundy is routed and Villon reprieved on the steps of the gallows.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Time Period 15th Century
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol

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  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeLarge

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Rudolf Friml

Brian Hooker

BRIAN HOOKER was an American poet, lyricist, librettist and translator. Born in New York City in 1880 to a prominent Connecticut family, Hooker attended Yale College and was published in The Century Magazine, The Forum, Hampton’s Magazine, Harper’s, McClure’s, Smart Set and t ...

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Justin Huntly McCarthy

Justin Huntly McCarthy was an Irish author and a nationalist politician. A Member of Parliament (MP) from 1884 to 1892, McCarthy also wrote various novels, translations, plays, poetical pieces, biographies and short histories. His play If I Were King was named the Best Play o ...

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W.H Post

WILLIAM H. POST was born in New York City on July 8, 1867. He was a writer and actor, best known for his work on Never Say Die (1912) and the operetta The Vagabond King (1930). Other credits include The Belle of Broadway (1902), Marjolaine (1922) and White Eagle (1927). He di ...

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