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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 502

updated
Saturday, 28 April 2007

Luise Kartousch and Bernard Bötel
in the original production of
Der Graf Von Luxemburg,
Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 12 November 1909

Luise Kartousch and Bernard Bötel

Luise Kartousch as Juliette and Bernard Bötel as Armand Brissard
in Franz Lehár's operetta, Der Graf Von Luxemburg,
first produced at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, on 12 November 1909

(photo: L. Gutmann, Vienna, 1909)

Der Graf Von Luxemburg, an operetta in three acts by A.M. Willner and Robert Bodanzky, with music by Franz Lehár, was first produced at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, on 12 November 1909. Besides Luise Kartousch and Bernard Bötel, the cast included Max Pallenberg, Annie von Ligety and Otto Storm. The success of the piece ensured an international airing, the first English versions, with lyrics by Adrian Ross and Basil Hood, being staged under the title of The Count of Luxembourg in London (Daly's, 20 May 1911), New York (New Amsterdam, 16 September 1912), and Melbourne (5 April 1913). The stars of the London production were Lily Elsie and Bertram Wallis, with W.H. Berry, May de Sousa, Huntley Wright and others. In Australia the cast was headed by Florence Young, Talleur Andrews, Phil Smith, W.S. Percy and Sybil Arundale.

For further details, see Kurt Gänzl, The Encyclopedia of The Musical Theatre, Blackwell, Oxford, 1994, vol. I, pp.567-569.

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