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British Musical Theatre   Afgar

Produced by Mr. Charles B. Cochran at the London Pavilion on September 17th, 1919.
Transferred to the Central Theatre, New York, on November 8th, 1920.

Dramatis Personæ

DON JUAN, JUNIOR   (A Spanish Prisoner) Harry Welchman
COUCOURLI   (His Squire) Lupino Lane
HOUSSAIN   (Chief of the Abode of Felicity) Dimitri Vetter
DANSASCH   (Master of the Gates) Strafford Moss
GIAFAR   (Master of the Sherberts) L. P. Bartlett
KHASAN   (Chief Coffee Server) Harold Humphries
AFGAR   (A Rich Moor) John Humphries
ISILDA   (A Spaniard) Marie Burke
MESSOUDA   (A Wife of Afgar) Doris Clayton
HANIFA   (A Wife of Afgar) Dorrie Keppel
AMINA   (A Wife of Afgar) May Flower
BADOURA   (A Wife of Afgar) Meum Stewart
MORGIANA   (A Wife of Afgar) Mona Fraser
BELBALI   (A Dancer) Mona Paiva
SERAPHIM   (A Slave) Vera Freeman
ZAYDEE   (Favouite Wife of Afgar) Alice Delysia

Synopsis of Scenes

ACT I -  Courtyard of the Palace of the Moor, Afgar.
ACT II -  The Harem.

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Courtyard of the Palace of the Moor, Afgar.

  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus, with solos - "O come now, try your luck at dice, and you may profit in a trice;  you begin, you may win, you take first spin ..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Don Juan - "Ev'ry maid is a rake at heart, ev'ry man is a lover, born to the world to play his part, roaming the wide seas over.  Give him a sword..."
  • No. 3 - Duet - Afgar and Don Juan - "When a man grows old, he's no longer bold, he goes in for retrospection; and he gives a thought that the comfy sort..."
  • No. 4 - Duet - Zaydee and Don Juan - "I give my soul into your keeping that I may live for love of you.  Until you came, my heart was sleeping..."
  • No. 5 - Concerted Number - "We kiss the dust at your feet, noble stranger .. Kiss it again, it is swept twice a week .. I've travelled here thro' disaster and danger..."
  • No. 5a - Song and Chorus - Isilda - "Tell us first your name!  Who are you and whence you came? ... I am Isilda!  I come from a land where the hearts beat high..."
  • No. 6 - Song - Zaydee and Chorus - "There is one romance that is told 'twill never grow old so long as the moon's above, tho' it may be told by a knave, a fool..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Coucourli and Girls - "I'm a Mexican roving and free, from the city of blood and bananys.  You see that I wear-o a big broad sombrero and puff..."
  • No. 8 - Song - Zaydee - "Dear lonely lover, I fain would discover the touch of your lips and the beat of your heart.  Your love has lit me with wondering fire..."
  • No. 9 - Finale Act I - "Oh! what is this?  Oh! what's a-miss? .. Oh! what is this?  Oh! what's a-miss? .. You'd best look out, there's strife about! .. I heard a shout..."

ACT II   -   The Harem.

  • No. 10 - Chorus - "Gaze on us, we're a beauty chorus - we'd turn shy if we caught your eye.  To the city wifie has to fly - we look pretty when we wave goodbye..."
  • No. 11 - Trio - Afgar, Don Juan and Coucourli - "We're to marry some day, so shout Hip Hooray, We'll promise to honour and obey. ... For my love I swear..."
  • No. 12 - Song - Isilda - "There's a valley in the sunshine knowing no sadness.  Only big and little children dwell there in gladness.  Love is theirs, for ever nigh..."
  • No. 13 - Duet - Afgar and Coucourli - "Beauty is rare, you're not very fair, but you're not the worst I have seen; tho' I fear in this case they will not use your face..."
  • No. 14 - Song - Zaydee - "One should try very hard to be good, but it isn't so hard to be bad;  take the thing that you ought, but as life is so short, take whatever..."
  • No. 15 - Ensemble - "Come, bid the banquet commence, we burn to know our fate;  the moments fly, the time is nigh to pass the golden gate..."
  • No. 16 - Song - Zaydee - "I've built a world of make-believe, a quaint little place that is all my own, where, if for passing hours I grieve, I rest for a moment..."
  • No. 17 - Song - Don Juan - "'Neath your casement hear I am singing, songs of life and love I am bringing, each one born of my love for you - all for you..."
  • No. 18 - Finale Act II - Zaydee and Chorus - "Live for love, for love and the world at your feet, for all conquering love makes each moment complete..."

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