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The Three Musketeers (McGuire)

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2f, 6m

Rudolf Friml, Clifford Grey, P.G. Wodehouse, William Anthony McGuire, Alexandre Dumas

Music by Rudolf Friml / Lyrics by Clifford Grey and P.G. Wodehouse / Book by William Anthony McGuire / Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père

Based on Alexandre Dumas' classic 1844 novel, The Three Musketeers is an operetta recounting the adventures of d'Artagnan, a young man who becomes a Musketeer of the Guard during the reign of the French king Louis XIII.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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The Three Musketeers (McGuire)

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Summary
Based on Alexandre Dumas' classic 1844 novel, The Three Musketeers is an operetta set in France and England in 1626. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a Musketeer of the Guard during the reign of the French king Louis XIII. The three men of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
History
The Three Musketeers opened on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre on March 13, 1928, starring Dennis King as d’Artagnan, Douglass R. Dumbrille as Athos, Detmar Poppen as Porthos, Joseph Macaulay as Aramis, Clarence Derwent as Louis XIII of France, and Reginald Owen as Cardinal Richelieu. The production played for 318 performances. Dennis King also starred when the operetta was mounted in London’s West End in 1930 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where it played for 242 performances.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
In early 17th century France, the poor but virile d'Artagnan travels to Paris to join the Musketeers (the King's bodyguards). He meets and falls in love with Lady Constance Bonacieux, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne. Meanwhile, Cardinal Richelieu learns that the Queen has given a diamond heart brooch, which was a present to her from the King, as a token of love to the Duke of Buckingham. Richelieu suggests that the King ask the Queen to wear it at a planned royal gala. Richelieu dispatches the Comte de Rochefort and Lady de Winter to London to recover the gem, which he plans to unveil at the gala in order to reveal that the Queen has been unfaithful.

The Queen asks her lady-in-waiting, Constance Bonacieux, to involve the Musketeers in the jewel's speedy recovery so that she might foil the plot. But when the Musketeers reach London, they are too late: Lady de Winter has arrived first. D’Artagnan uses his seductive charms upon Lady de Winter and steals the bauble. After a rousing sword fight, the Musketeers kill de Rochefort and rush back to Paris just in time to bring the jewel to the gala. King Louis fastens it to the Queen's shoulder just as he did when he first gave it to her.

Principals
(2 female; 6 male)

Constance Bonacieux
Anne, Queen of France

D'Artagnan
Porthos
Athos
Aramis
Planchet
The Duke of Buckingham

Supporting

Sergeant Jussac
Conte de la Rochefort
Innkeeper
Zoe
Lady de Winter
M. de Treville
Cardinal Richelieu
Louis
Brother Joseph
Premiere Danseuse of Court
Aubergiaty
The Bo'sun
Patrick, valet to Buckingham

Ensemble

Cardinal Guard
Ladies in Waiting
The King's Attendant

  • Time Period 17th Century
  • Setting
    France and England. 1626.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Stage Combat
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. Opening: “Summer Time” – Villagers
2. “All For One and One For All” – Athos, Porthos & Aramis
3. “The ‘He’ For Me” – Constance, Porthos & Aramis
4. Sabot Dance – Orchestra
5. “Gascony” – D’Artagnan & Company
6. “Heart of Mine” – D’Artagnan & Constance
7. Finalette – D’Artagnan & Villagers
8. “Vesper Bell” – The Pensionaires
9. “Dreams” – The Queen
10. “Musketeers” – D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis & Musketeers
11. “Colonel and the Major” – Planchet & Girls
12. Ballet Romantique – Orchestra
13. “Love Is The Sun” – The Queen, Constance & Buckingham
14. “Your Eyes” – Constance & D’Artagnan
15. “Welcome to the Queen” – Ladies & Courtiers
16. Finale, Act I – Company

Act II

17. “With Red Wine” – Porthos & Company
18. “Dance Bohemienne” – Harriet Hoctor
19 “Ma Belle” – Aramis
20. “Kiss Before I Go” – Constance & D’Artagnan
21. “My Sword” – D’Artagnan & Company
22. Pages – Orchestra
23. “Queen of My Heart” – Duke of Buckingham
24. “Every Little While” – Constance and Planchet
25. “Gossips” – Planchet & Ladies
26. Ballet of the King – Orchestra
27. "Finale" – Company

(Note: While this show was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra we are currently only offering a Piano Only rental package for this title. If you are interested in more orchestra parts please contact your licensing representative for more information.)
  • Musical StyleOperetta
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizePiano Only
  • Chorus SizeMedium

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Authors

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Rudolf Friml

Author

Clifford Grey

P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) and Guy Bolton (1884-1979) were both born in England. They were introduced by Jerome Kern, and he suggested they all work together. They did, tirelessly, and in the beginning of their collaboration wrote nearly one show per month: the famed Princess ...

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William Anthony McGuire

WILLIAM ANTHONY McGUIRE was born in Chicago on July 9, 1885. Although he wrote and directed a few non-musical plays, he was best known for his musicals, especially those produced by Ziegfeld. Three of them – all big hits – opened in 1928: Rosalie, starring Marilyn Miller, The ...

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Alexandre Dumas

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