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Madame Pompadour is an operetta in three acts by Rudolf Schanzer and Ernst Welisch composed by Leo Fall which opened at the Berliner Theater, Berlin on 9 September, 1922. An English adaptation by Frederick Lonsdale and Harry Graham opened at Daly's Theatre, London on 20 December, 1923. A different adaptation into English was seen in New York.

Dramatis Personæ

KING LOUIS XV Bertram Wallis
MAUREPAS   (Minister of Police) Leonard Mackay
POULARD   (his Assistant) Leonard Russell
PRUNIER   (Landlord of the "Nine Muses") Noel Colne
COLLIN   (Pompadour's Chamberlain) Edmund D. La Touche
LIEUT. CORNEILLE   (In Command of the Guard) Donald Mather
BOUCHER   (Court Painter) Fred Pedgrift
TOURELLE   (Porcelain Manufacturer) Desmond Roberts
JACQUES Stanley Rendall
MADELEINE   (Comtesse D'Estrades) Maisie Bell
MARIETTE   (Maid to Madame Pompadour) Elsie Randolph

Musical Numbers

ACT I   -   The Tavern of "The Nine Muses".

  • No. 1 - Introduction and Ensemble - "The Pom-pom-pom-Pompadour!  Pom-pom-pom-Pompadour! ... Bravo, Calicot! ... He's a wit, we admit! ..."
  • No. 2 - Song - René and Girls - "Laridi, laridon!  At carnivals the world must have a gay time!  Put care to flight, and take delight in turning night to day-time! ..."
  • No. 3 - Duet - Pompadour and Mariette - "I feel so excited, I won't deny, though I hardly know why!  I'm just in the mood, so I must declare, for a love affair! ..."
  • No. 4 - Duet - Pompadour and René - "Grant this favour!  In that arbour you heart will grow braver!  There your kisses you'll not be denying, for no curious eyes..."
  • No. 5 - Duet - Calicot and Mariette - "Though I'd feel a trifle strange if I were King, I'd arranged to make a change to ev'ry thing! ... Fountains full of wine would run..."
  • No. 6 - Finale Act I - "Laridilaridon, laridallera. La!  'Tis Carnival!  Hooray!  And so merry we'll make as our partners we take, and dance till the break of day! ..."

ACT II   -   The Pompadour's Apartments at Versailles.

ACT III   -   King Louis XV's Apartments at Versailles.

External Links
Madame Pompadour at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Madame Pompadour at Wikipedia

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