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28th Festival Season - 2007

The Duchess of Chicago

Show Photographs
By: Emmerich Kálmán
Premiere: Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 5 April 1928

Mary Lloyd, the very beautiful, very rich, and very spoiled daughter of Chicago's hot dog king, travels to Europe with her society girlfriends to see who can succeed in buying the most unobtainable item, with the winner receiving one million dollars. In a Budapest dance hall, she becomes intrigued with the visiting Crown Prince of Sylvaria, but throws a tantrum when he refuses her request that they dance a Charleston or fox-trot, insisting rather that a waltz or polka would be more appropriate. Mary buys the royal palace, cables her father that soon she will buy the Prince that goes with it, and promises all that before long he will be dancing to her tune. By prearranged plan, the Prince, however, is to soon marry his cousin, Princess Rosemarie, who confesses that she has no interest in a royal husband; her attention becomes increasingly fixed on Mary's private secretary, Mr. Bondy. The growing affection between Mary and the Prince is undermined when he learns from her girlfriends that, apparently, he is nothing but the means to her million-dollar prize. We won't give away the ending…but let it be said that the final curtain falls as the Prince insists on "a tender fox-trot with Mary."

The Duchess of Chicago was revolutionary in that it brought Viennese operetta fully into the jazz age. Its score is an engaging blend of the waltzes and csardases of the Old World with the Charlestons, fox-trots, and blues that defined the musical world of 1920's America. With songs like Up in heaven a jazz band is playing, We ladies from the U.S.A., and a fox-trot version of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, this show ranks right up there with the composer's Countess Maritza and The Gypsy Princess.

Production Team
ConductorMichael Borowitz
DirectorJulie Wright
ChoreographerCarol Hageman
Set DesignerKirk Domer
Costume DesignerCharlene Gross
Lighting DesignerKrystal Kennel
Assistant DirectorStephen Carr
Assistant ChoreographerTricia Jenkins Meyer
Cast
King Pankraz XXVII / Benjamin LloydGary Moss
Sandor BorisGrant Knox
Princess Rosemarie SonjuschkaJessie Wright Martin
Count BojassowitschAnthony Buck
Marquis PerolinBrian Tanner
Count NegrescoJack Beetle
Prince MaxiAlisha Hocking
Prince StaniJack Neill
Princess AlexisPolly Dexter
Princess MaritzaAnnie Jaeb
Baron PalffyTodd Strange
Baron von VöröshazyBenjamin Robinson
ValadamirSeth Kershisnik
Mary LloydDanielle Knox
Jimmy Jack John Bondy / Mysterious StrangerJacob Allen
Edith RockefellerAmanda Kingston
Maud CarnegieCarissa Kett
Daisy VanderbiltBetha Christopher
Dolly AstorDiana Becker
Lilian FordRobin Farnsley
Baby SteelKathryn McCreary
Gladys MorganStina Eberhardt
Elis FahnestockAnalisa Leaming
TihanyiNicholas Hartley
Kuppi MihalyPatrick Howle
KompotyPeter Foltz
ValetDavid Kelleher-Flight
BobbyMichael Denos
JoujouCecily Ellis
LoulouKathryn McCreary