Full-Length Musical, Melodrama  /  4w, 6m

Book and Lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II / Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart

In this operetta set in Saskatchewan in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a French Canadian girl named Rose-Marie LaFlamme loves Jim Kenyon, a hard-working miner accused of murder.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 6m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


Rose-Marie is an operetta-style musical set in Saskatchewan, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rose-Marie LaFlamme is a French Canadian girl who is in love with Jim Kenyon, a miner. When Jim is suspected of having committed murder, Rose-Marie’s brother Emile makes plans for her to marry a city man named Edward Hawley instead.
Rose-Marie opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on September 2, 1924, starring Mary Ellis in the title role and Dennis King as Jim Kenyon. The show played for 557 performances. In London’s West End, the show opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1925 and played for 581 performances. In Paris, the operetta played for an unprecedented 1,250 performances.
When Black Eagle, a villainous half-breed, is knifed to death in his lonely cabin in the Canadian Rockies, "Wild Jim" Kenyon is the obvious suspect. The two men had a long-standing quarrel over a mining claim, and Jim is known to have visited the cabin on the fatal night. The Mounties, headed by Sergeant Malone, are soon on the trail. The situation shocks Jim's friends, for since he fell in love with little Rose Marie, they had found "Wild Jim" a reformed character. Perhaps the suave Hawley, at one time attracted to Black Eagle's sensuous wife, Wanda, but now hoping to marry Rose Marie, has knowledge which he is anxious to keep from the Mounties? Jim's faithful if ineffectual sidekick, "Hard-boiled Herman", and his girl friend "Lady Jane" are less help to their hero than they intend.

(4 female; 6 male)

Rose Marie La Flamme
Ethel Brander
“Lady" Jane

Jim Kenyon
Sergeant Malone
Black Eagle
Edward Hawley
Emile La Flamme
Hard Boiled Herman


Society Girls
Canuck Girls
Half Breed Girls

  • Time Period 1920s
  • Setting Saskatchewan, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 1924.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


Act I

"Vive la Canadienne" - Sergeant Malone & Ensemble
"Hard-Boiled Herman" - Hard-Boiled Herman & Ensemble
"Rose-Marie" - Jim & Sergeant Malone
"The Mounties" - Sergeant Malone & Ensemble
"Lak Jeem" - Rose-Marie & Ensemble
"Rose-Marie" (Reprise) - Rose-Marie, Sergeant Malone, Edward, Emile & Ensemble
"Indian Love Call" - Rose-Marie & Jim
"Pretty Things" - Rose-Marie & Ensemble
"Why Shouldn't We?" - Lady Jane & Hard-Boiled Herman
"Totem Tom-Tom" - Wanda & Ensemble

Act II

"Pretty Things" (Reprise) - Ethel & Girls
"Only a Kiss" - Hard-Boiled Herman, Lady Jane & Sergeant Malone
"I Love Him" - Rose-Marie, Jim, Edward, Emile, Ethel & Wanda
"The Minuet of the Minute" - Rose-Marie & Hard-Boiled Herman
"One Man Woman" - Lady Jane, Hard-Boiled Herman & Ensemble
"The Door of Her Dreams (Door of My Dreams)" - Company

Full Orchestration

Violin A
Violin B
Violin II

Flute & Piccolo
Oboe and optional English Horn
Clarinet I (and optional Alto Saxophone)
Clarinet II (and optional Tenor Saxophone)
Bass Clarinet

Horns 1 & 2
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Timpani & Percussion (2 Players)
Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Suspended Cymbal
Tom Tom

  • Musical Style Operetta
  • Dance Requirements Easy
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

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1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 2
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Bassoon
2 Horn 1&2
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone
2 Timpani & Percussion
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
37 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor


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Otto Harbach

Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer ...

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Rudolf Friml

Herbert Stothart

Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) was nominated for nine Oscars and won for Best Original Score for his work on the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz. As a young man, he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin, where he also taught. He worked as a musical director f ...

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