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27th Festival Season - 2005

Maytime

By: Sigmund Romberg
Libretto by: Rida Johnson Young and Cyrus Wood
Premiere: Shubert Theater, New York, August 16, 1917

The Shubert brothers routinely bought the rights to European musicals and revamped them for American consumption, usually keeping the Continental settings. When World War I made German imports unpatriotic, they had Romberg write totally new music for Walter Kollo's 1913 hit, Wie einst im Mai, moving the locale to old New York and retitling the show Maytime. It became Broadway's biggest attraction during the war years. The blockbuster M-G-M 1937 film version, featuring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, had little in common with the original stage show, either musically or dramatically. The one exception is the song "Will you Remember?" ("Sweetheart, Sweetheart, Sweetheart"), which will again thrill you as you listen to Romberg's complete original score.

The multi-generational story concerns the frustrated love affair of Richard and Ottilie, whose father compels her to marry instead the chronic gambler Claude. Left penniless at Claude's death years later, she is also left hopeless as Richard has, in the meantime, married someone else. Many years pass; Ottilie has died, but her granddaughter, also named Ottilie, now runs a dressmaking business in her grandmother's old house. Richard's grandson drops by the shop, falls in love with Ottilie, and the two together achieve the happiness that was denied their grandparents.

Production Team
Conductor Steven Byess
Stage Director Julie Wright
Choreographer Carol Hageman
Set Designer Tymberley A. Wittrig
Costume Designer Charlene Gross
Lighting Designer Danielle Baisden
Cast
John Wayne Sam Haddad
Richard Wayne, his son Vernon Di Carlo
Joshua Kohl
Colonel Van Zandt Michael Hix
Ottilie, his daughter Amy Pfrimmer
Robin De Leon
Claude Van Zandt Justin Legris
Matthew Van Zandt Tyler Nelson
Mathilda Van Zandt, Matthew's first wife Alta Boover
Angelica, Matthew's second wife Lisa Gerstenkorn
Lizzie, Matthew's third wife Jessica Hornsten
Maitre d' Brian Tanner
Alice Tremaine Kari Sorenson
Maria Sarah Walker
Rudolfo Brian Tanner
Madame Delphine Catherine Greer
Algernon Zachary Wilder
John Rutherford James Barbato
Mr. Hicks, auctioneer Jonathan Michie
Ermintrude D'Albert Shannon Langman
Gladys Valerie Hart Nelson
Hortense Elizabeth Mitchell
Phyllis, a model Sarah Walker
Winnifred St. Albans Erin Jackson
Young Ottilie & Madame Brown, Ottilie's granddaughter Danielle McCormick
Young Richard Wayne & 'Dicky' Wayne, Richard Wayne's grandson Grant Knox
Women of the Ensemble: Sarah Asmar, Alta Boover, Julianna Byess, Robin De Leon, Lisa Gerstenkorn, Catherine Greer, Jessica Hornsten, Erin Jackson, Shannon Langman, Danielle McCormick, Elizabeth Mitchell, Valerie Hart Nelson, Amy Pfrimmer, Sandra Ross, Rachel Rowe, Kari Sorenson, Sarah Walker
Men of the Ensemble: James Barbato, Jeremiah Butterfield, Vernon Di Carlo, Samuel Haddad, Oliver Henderson, Michael Hix, Grant Knox, Joshua Kohl, Justin Legris, Jonathan Michie, Tyler Nelson, Brian Tanner, Zachary Wilder