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The Wedding Day is a comic opera in three acts with book and lyrics by Stanislaus Stange and music by Julian Edwards. It opened at the Casino Theatre, New York on 8 April 1897. Actually it was an adaptation of Audran's La Petite Fronde, and in this instance Edwards merely supplemented the score. In its story a French peasant girl, a lady and a baker combined their efforts to secure a Franco-Spanish treaty. Although it offered three top stars in the same show — a rarity at the time — it was something of a disappointment. Jefferson De Angelis, Della Fox and Lillian Russell combined could not earn it more than seventy-two performances in two separate engagements.

Dramatis Personæ

POLYCOP Jefferson de Angelis
PLANCHETTE Alfred Whealan
DUC DE BOUILLON William Pruette
RAOUL Tom Greene
POMADE Leonard Savoy
SERGEANT Winfield Blake
LAUBERT Albert McGuckin
RENÉE May Guthbert
COURCY Grace Freeman
VILLIERS Sally Randall
VARNEY Marguerite Leon

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Interior of Polycop's Baker Shop.

  • No. 1 - Introduction and Opening Scene - "Planchette!  Planchette!  Oh, where is that baker's man?  Planchette!  Planchette!  Come hurry if you can! ..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Raoul - "The lovers who sigh, for married life cry, merit the sorrow they woo.  To love and to wed are things that I dread, I try to avoid them, I do..."
  • No. 3 - Ensemble - "Here comes Polycop!" (etc.)  "Here comes Polycop!  Stand aside.  Long life, Polycop!" (etc.)  "Welcome, Polycop, where is your bride? ..."
  • No. 4 - Chorus, and Song - Rose Marie - "To Polly and his wife, hola!  Here's to their wedded life..."  &  "I am a simple Norman maid, my cheeks are rosy red..."
  • No. 5 - Duet - Raoul and Lucille - "It seems to me that we have met, yes, sometime long ago.  But when and where I now forget, your face I surely know. ..."
  • No. 6 - Ensemble, and Song - Lucille - "Monsieur, all is well!  Thanks to you.  From Captain Rappell, this billet-doux.  I told him you were waiting here for me..."
  • No. 7 - Ensemble, and Song - Polycop - "Though the years have made him mellow..."  &  "Far down in the depths of the Southern sea, there lived a mermaid fair..."
  • No. 8 - Finale Act I - "At last I find you in! ... And I have found you out! ... Your trouble will begin this day without a doubt ... You have betray'd your trust..."

ACT II   -   Salon of Madame de Montbazon's House.

ACT III   -   Frondist Outpost.

  • No. 19 - Chorus - "Gaily marches the soldier to the sound of drum and fife!  Merrily sings the soldier of the joys of martial life, when banners wave defiance brave..."
  • No. 20 - Song - Lucille - "One dreamy mid-summer's night, when the moon shone clear and bright, way up in a tree sat a little Tom-tit, there singing his solo..."
  • No. 21 - Chorus - Vivandiers - "The vivandiere has a grateful task to jolly the boys and fill the flask;  we carry the drinks that always please, the essence of grape..."
  • No. 22 - Song - Rose Marie - "There once liv'd a wise maid of France, and she led all the boys such a dance;  she was pretty and witty and wise..."
  • No. 23 - Song - Polycop - "I've dreamt many dreams, some good and some bad, but the worst of all dreams that I ever had was the dream of a land where winter..."
  • No. 24 - Finale Act III - "The General has relented ... I'm glad he has consented ... I'll take no substitute ... That fact I'll not dispute ... To matrimonial dangers..."

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