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Song of Norway

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 6m

Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest, Milton Lazarus, Homer Curran, Edwin Lester

Based on the Life and Music of Edvard Grieg / Lyrics and Musical Adaptation by / Robert Wright and George Forrest / Book by Milton Lazarus / From a Story by Homer Curran / By Arrangement with Edwin Lester

A romantic operetta based loosely on the life of composer Edvard Grieg, Song of Norwaytraverses Norway, Copenhagen and Rome in the 1860s.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Song of Norway

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Summary
Song of Norway is a romantic operetta based loosely on the life of composer Edvard Grieg, whose best loved compositions are transformed into glorious vocal numbers.
History
Song of Norway opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on August 21, 1944, starring Irra Petina, Robert Shafer, and Lawrence Brooks as Edvard Grieg. The show later transferred to the Broadway Theatre, playing a total of 860 performances. Song of Norway was the first Broadway show to open in London after the Second World War. It played for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre in the West End.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
Rikard Nordraak, the young poet, has written a beautiful poem about Norway, which Edvard Grieg, the young composer, has promised to set to music. Edvard and Rikard accompany Nina Hagerup, with whom Edvard is in love, to the midsummer’s eve celebration in the small city of Bergen, Norway.

To this colorful town comes the famous opera star, Countess Louisa Giovanni, and her husband, Count Peppi LeLoup. The Countess is enchanted by the music and person of Edvard Grieg. She offers him the opportunity of accompanying her on a concert tour through Europe. Nina and Edvard announce their betrothal just prior to Edward’s departure with the Countess and her husband.

One year later, Edvard has attained some renown as a composer and is the rage of Copenhagen under the sponsorship of his patroness, the Countess. The elder Griegs have come to Copenhagen with Nina and Rikard to attend Edvard’s concert. They are taken aback at the change in the young composer. Nina and Rikard are upset, because Edvard has agreed to write the music for Henrik Ibsen's poetic drama Peer Gynt, abandoning his promise to musicalize Rikard's poem about Norway.

Principals
(5 female; 6 male)

Nina Hagerup  - Soprano
Louisa Giovanni (The Countess LeLoup)  - Soprano
Mother Grieg
Miss Anders, a Pupil of the Conservatory
Sigrid, a girl

Edvard Grieg  - Baritone
Rikard Nordraak  - Tenor
Einar, a boy
Freddy, the village fiddler
Count Peppi LeLoup
Father Grieg

Others

Gunnar, a boy
Helga, a girl
Eric, a boy
Grima, a girl
Christa, a girl
Father Nordraak
Elvera, Music Student at the Conservatory
Hedwig, Music Student at the Conservatory
Greta, Music Student at the Conservatory
Marghareta, Music Student at the Conservatory
Miss Norden, a Faculty Member
Henrik Ibsen
Tito Proprietor of the Chocolate Shop
Pisoni Impresario of the Royal Opera
Major Domo At the Villa Pincio
Adelina, Prima Ballerina of the opera

Ensemble

Young People of the Village
Guests and Members of the Faculty at Copenhagen
Employees at Tito’s
Guests and Servants at the Villa Pincio
Townspeople and Neighbors of Edvard Grieg

  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Setting Norway, Copenhagen and Rome. The 1860s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. Opening Act I - Orchestra
2. “The Legend” - Rikard Nordraak
3. Nina Appears - Orchestra
4. “Hill of Dreams” - Nina, Edvard & Rikaard
5. Postlude - Orchestra
6. Entr'acte 1 (Norwegian Dance) - Orchestra
7. Spring Dance - Orchestra
8. Halling (Norwegian Dance) - Orchestra
9. Entrance Music - Orchestra
10. “Freddy and His Fiddle” - Einar, Sigrid, Freddy & Ensemble
11. Exit Freddy - Orchestra
12. Peppi's Entrance - Orchestra
13. Louisa's Entrance - Orchestra
14. “Now” - Louisa and Townspeople
15. Encore: "Now" - Louisa & Townspeople
16. “Strange Music” - Edvard & Nina
17. Peppi's Entrance - Orchestra
18. Entrance of Maidens - Orchestra
19. Louisa Discovers Grieg - Orchestra
20. “Midsummer's Eve” - Rikaard & Louisa
21. The Festival Begins - Orchestra
22. To Troldhaugen - Orchestra
23. Song For Nina ("I Love You") - Edvard
24. “March of the Trollgers” - Entire Ensemble
25. Edvard Announces Betrothal - Orchestra
26. “Hymn of Betrothal” - Mother Grieg & Villagers
27. Louisa Changes Her Mind - Orchestra
28. Finale Act I (“Strange Music”/“Midsummer's Eve”) - Edvard, Nina & Company

Act II

29. Opening Act II - Orchestra
30. “Bon Vivant” - Peppi, Edvard & Ensemble
31. “Three Loves” - Louisa & Edvard
32. Finaletto ("On The Riviera"/"Three Loves") - Company
33. Entr'acte 2 - Orchestra
34. Rigaudon - Orchestra
35. Entr'acte 3 - Orchestra
36. “Waltz Eternal” - Ensemble
37. Adelina's Entrance - Orchestra
38, Peer Gynt Ballet - Orchestra
39. Adelina's Exit - Orchestra
40. The Party Continues - Orchestra
41. Exit of Louisa - Orchestra
42. “I Love You” - Nina
43. Entr'acte 4 - Orchestra
44. “At Christmastime” - Father Grieg, Mother Grieg, Nina & Ensemble
45. Christmas Postlude - Orchestra
46. "Finale Act II" - Company

Full Orchestration

Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Bass

Flute 1 & 2
Oboe
Clarinet 1 & 2
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon

Horn 1 & 2
Horn 3
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trombone 1 & 2

Percussion:

Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbal
Vibraphone
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Chime (F-sharp)
Triangle
Sleigh Bells

Harp
Piano-Celeste

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

Materials

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27 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
2 Flute 1&2
1 Oboe
2 Clarinet 1&2
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Bassoon
2 Horn 1&2
1 Horn 3
2 Trumpet 1&2
2 Trombone 1&2
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Piano/Celeste
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
27 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

Authors

Author

Edvard Grieg

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

Milton Lazarus

Author

Homer Curran

Author

Edwin Lester

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