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The Desert Song   

Casino Theatre, (11/30/1926 - circa. 10/1927)
Century Theatre, (10/10/1927 - circa. 11/1927)
Imperial Theatre, (11/02/1927 - 1/07/1928)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: Nov 30, 1926    
Closing Date: Jan 07, 1928 Total Performances: 471

Category: Musical, Operetta, Original, Broadway
Description: An operetta in two acts
Setting: Northern Africa.


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by J. J. Shubert; Theatre Leased by Shubert Theatre Corporation (Lee and J. J. Shubert, Directors)
Produced by Laurence Schwab and Frank Mandel
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel; Musical Director: Hilding Anderson and Oscar Bradley; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach; Featuring songs with lyrics by Edward Smith
Book directed by Arthur Hurley; Musical Numbers Staged by Robert Connelly
Scenic Design by Woodman Thompson; Modern costumes designed by Vyvyan Donner; Costume Design by Mark Mooring
General Manager: Charles L. Hertzman; Company Manager: Roy Seibert
Stage Manager: O. J. Vanasse; Assistant Stage Mgr: Talbot Vaughn
Press Representative: Milton Raison
Cast
Tatiana Amazar
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Florence Baker
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Albert Baron
Sergeant La Vergne
Helen Bourne
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Nellie Breen
Susan
General Birabeau's ward
Nat Broffman
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Eddie Buzzell
Benjamin Kidd
Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald
Marion Case
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Rachel May Clark
Neri
Edna Coates
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Albert Coiner
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Morton Croswell
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Glen Dale
Captain Paul Fontaine
John Daly
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Charles Davis
Sergeant DuBassac
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Bobbe Decker
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Native Dancer
Betty DeFest
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Jack Edwards
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
William Ehlers
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Vance Elliott
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Edmund Elton
General Birabeau
Governor of a French Moroccan Province
Lyle Evans
Ali Ben Ali
Caid of a Riff Tribe
B. Flack
Servant of Birabeau
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Grace Fleming
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Native Dancer
Peter Flomp
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Beatrice Fox
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
William D. Galpen
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Nathan Goodman
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Blanche Granby
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Native Dancer
Alan H. Green
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Robert Halliday
Pierre Birabeau
General Birabeau's son
John Hammond
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Eileen Hargraves
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
E.A. Harker
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Soldier of Ali
Betty Holmes
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Kathlyn Huss
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Margaret Irving
Clementina
a Spanish "lady"
Jack Kiernan
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Soldier of Ali
Armand King
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Gladys Lake
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Elmira Lane
Ethel
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Dorothy Lee
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
John Lister
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Betty Lomax
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Ethel Lorraine
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
June Lovewell
Native Dancer
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Maude Lydiate
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Robey Lyle
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Mildred Mann
Native Dancer
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Charles Mantia
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Soldier of Ali
Gertrude McKinley
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Earle Mitchell
Hassi
Charles Morgan
Hadji
Gertrude Napp
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Native Dancer
Z. Norman
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Patricia O'Connell
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
William O'Neal
Sid El Kar
the Red Shadow's Lieutenant
Valerie Petrie
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Cornelius Pichler
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Elmer Pichler
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Pearl Regay
Azuri
Clementine Rigeau
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Victor Rosales
Servant of Birabeau
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Rowena Scott
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Winifred Seale
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Native Dancer
Vivienne Segal
Margot Bonvalet
Helen Shepard
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Morris Siegel
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Philip Snyder
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Soldier of Ali
Jack Spiegel
Soldier of Ali
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
George St. John
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
John Stanley
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Hilda Steiner
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Miriam Stockton
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Audree Van Lieu
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
O. J. Vanasse
Mindar
Talbot Vaughn
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Bernice Walder
French Girl/Spanish Cabaret Girl
Harold Westcott
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
Almajane Wilday
Soldier's Wife/Lady of the Brass Key
Raymond Winfield
Soldier of the French Legion/Member of the Red Shadow's Band
music by Sigmund Romberg; lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
High on a Hill
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant) and Riffs
The Riff Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Red Shadow, Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant) and Riffs
Margot
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Captain Paul Fontaine and Soldiers
I'll Be a Buoyant Girl
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Susan (General Birabeau's ward)
Why Did We Marry Soldiers?
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Soldiers' Wives
French Military Marching Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet and Ensemble
Romance
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Margot Bonvalet and Soldiers' Wives
Then You Will Know
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Margot Bonvalet
I Want a Kiss
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Captain Paul Fontaine, Margot Bonvalet, Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Ensemble
It
(lyrics by Edward Smith)
Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald), Susan (General Birabeau's ward) and Girls
The Desert Song
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Margot Bonvalet
ACT 2 Sung By
My Little Castagnette
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Clementina (a Spanish "lady") and Girls
Song of the Brass Key
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Clementina (a Spanish "lady") and Girls
One Good Boy Gone Wrong
(lyrics by Edward Smith)
Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald) and Clementina (a Spanish "lady")
Eastern and Western Love
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Let Love Go
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Ali Ben Ali (Caid of a Riff Tribe) and Men
One Flower in Your Garden
(lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel)
Sid El Kar (the Red Shadow's Lieutenant) and Men
One Alone Pierre Birabeau (General Birabeau's son) and Men
The Sabre Song Margot Bonvalet
Farewell Riffs
All Hail to the General Margot Bonvalet, Captain Paul Fontaine, General Birabeau (Governor of a French Moroccan Province) and Girls
Let's Have a Love Affair Benjamin Kidd (Society Correspondent of the Paris Herald), Susan (General Birabeau's ward) and Girls