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The Great Waltz (Revised)

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  3f, 3m

Musical Adaptation by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Robert Wright and George Forrest / Lyrics by Wright and Forrest / Additional Lyrics by Forman Brown / Book by Jerome Chodorov based on the version by Moss Hart and Milton Lazarus as produced by Edwin Lester for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera Associations

Loosely based on the real-life feud between the composer Johann Strauss Sr. and his son, Johann Strauss Jr., The Great Waltz is set to the music of the two composers.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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The Great Waltz (Revised)

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Summary
Loosely based on the real-life feud between the composer Johann Strauss Sr. and his son, Johann Strauss Jr., The Great Waltz is set to the music of the two composers.
History
The Great Waltz opened on Broadway at the Center Theatre on Sep 22, 1934, and ran for 298 performances. The Great Waltz (Revised) opened in 1949 at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera with Strauss’ music and new English-language lyrics adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest. This version was used for a subsequent London revival, which opened at the Drury Lane Theatre on July 9, 1970, and ran for 605 performances.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
Set in mid-eighteenth century Vienna in the springtime, The Great Waltz features the conflict between Johann Strauss, Sr. and his son, Johann Strauss, Jr. Laced with overtures of romance, the musical features some of the most beloved waltzes ever written, including "The Radetzky March" and "The Blue Danube."
(In Order of Appearance)

Organ Grinder - Chorus
First Composer - Chorus
Second Composer - Chorus
Third Composer - Chorus
Fourth Composer - Chorus
Ebeseder
Albert
Katie
Hirsch
Dommayer
Resi
Helene Vernet
Captain Elliot
Johann Strauss, Jr. (Schani)
Hartkopf
Johann Strauss, Sr.
Clerk - Chorus
Fritz - Dancer
Drexler
Ernst - Chorus
Ling Ching
Doorman - Chorus
Frau Haberwatzel - Chorus
Countess von Lugenstein - Chorus
  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Setting Vienna. Mid-19th century.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. “Morning” – Resi
2. “You Are My Songs” – Resi & Strauss Jr.
3. “Love Will Find You” – Resi & Strauss Jr.
4. “On Love Alone” – Bride & Bridegroom
5. “Star In The Sky” – Countess & Strauss Jr.
6. “With All My Heart” – Resi & Strauss Jr.

Act II

7. “Love’s Never Lost” – Countess, Poldi, Boris & Boys
8. “We Love You Still” – Countess & Old Strauss
9. “While You Love Me” – Resi & Schani
10. “Love and War” - Poldi & Ensemble
11. “Blue Danube” - Resi & Company

Full Orchestration

Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Bass
Flute I & Piccolo
Flute II & Piccolo
Oboe
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Bassoon
Horn I
Horn II
Trumpet I (Bb & C)
Trumpet II (Bb)
Trombone I
Trombone II
Percussion (Timpani (3 Drums), Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks), Tambourine, Wood Block, Bass Drum, Cymbals: Suspended (2 sizes), Hand, Tam Tam, Triangles, Bell Tree, Cow Bell (optional), Glockenspiel (Soft and Hard Mallets), Vibraphone)
Harp
Piano-Celeste
Accordion

  • Musical StyleOperetta
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeLarge

Materials

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33 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Flute 1 & Piccolo
1 Flute 2 & Piccolo
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 2
1 Horn 1
1 Horn 2
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion
1 Piano-Celeste
1 Accordion
1 Harp
2 Violin1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
33 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

Authors

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD was an Austrian-born American composer, well known for his contributions to the genre of grand film music. His opera Die Tote Stadt (1920; “The Dead City”), premiered in Hamburg and Cologne, and proved to be one of the most successful operas of the 20t ...

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Robert Wright

ROBERT WRGHT and GEORGE FORREST met at age 15 at Miami Senior High School. They wrote lyrics and music for more than 2,000 compositions for 16 produced stage musicals, 18 stage revues, 58 motion pictures and numerous cabaret acts. Broadway credits include Song of Norway, Magd ...

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George Forrest

ROBERT WRGHT and GEORGE FORREST met at age 15 at Miami Senior High School. They wrote lyrics and music for more than 2,000 compositions for 16 produced stage musicals, 18 stage revues, 58 motion pictures and numerous cabaret acts. Broadway credits include Song of Norway, Magd ...

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Author

Forman Brown

Jerome Chodorov

Jerome Chodorov (1911-2004) began his career in Hollywood in the 1930s writing B movies for Republic Pictures. It was there he met his collaborator of 30 years, Joseph Fields. Their best known Broadway plays included: My Sister Eileen, directed by George S. Kaufman (1940), Ju ...

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Moss Hart

Moss Hart (1904-1961) began his career as a playwright, director and producer in 1930 when, with George S. Kaufman, he wrote Once in a Lifetime. Subsequent Kaufman and Hart successes include Merrily We Roll Along, You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came To Dinner, amo ...

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Author

Milton Lazarus

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