The Great Waltz (Revised)

The story of THE GREAT WALTZ is loosely based on the real-life feud between the composer Johann Strauss Sr. and his son, Johann Strauss Jr., allegedly because of the father’s jealousy of his son’s greater talent. The operetta is set to the music of the two composers.

Photo by Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Details

Set in Vienna in the spring-time, featuring a conflict between a father (Johann Strauss, Sr.) and his son (Johann Strauss, Jr.), laced with overtures of romance; and through it all a score comprising some of the most loved waltzes ever written by the father and son on whose lives the plot is based, and who are truly regarded as the greatest waltz composers of all time. Among a host of tunes, this show contains both “The Radetzky March” and, of course, “The Blue Danube”.

THE GREAT WALTZ
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

Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

THE GREAT WALTZ
is presented by arrangement with
MusicScope & Stage Musicals Ltd. of New York

Instrumentation: 22 Parts

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute I & Piccolo
1 Flute II & Piccolo
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I (Bb & C)
1 Trumpet II (Bb)
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 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
1 Harp
1 Piano-Celeste (2 volumes)
1 Accordion

(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

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 London revival that opened at the Drury Lane Theatre on July 9, 1970 and ran for 605 performances.