- The Three Musketeers (musical)
"The Three Musketeers" is a musical with a book by
William Anthony McGuire, lyrics by Clifford Grey and P. G. Wodehouse, and music by Rudolf Friml. It is based on the classic 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas, père.
Franceand Englandin 1626, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnanafter he leaves home to become a Musketeer of the Guard. The three men of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
The original Broadway production was produced by
Florenz Ziegfeld, directed by librettist McGuire, and choreographed by Albertina Rasch. It opened on March 13, 1928at the Lyric Theatre and ran for 318 performances. The cast included Dennis King as d'Artagnan, Douglass R. Dumbrille as Athos, Detmar Poppen as Porthos, Joseph Macaulay as Aramis, Clarence Derwent as Louis XIII of France, and Reginald Owenas Cardinal Richelieu.
King reprised his role for a 1930 West End production that ran for 242 performances [http://www.thelooniverse.com/books/plum/plumplays.html] .
A 1984 revival with a new book by
Mark Bramblewas directed by Joe Laytonand choreographed by Lester Wilson. After 15 previews, it opened on November 11at The Broadway Theatreand closed after 9 performances. The cast included Michael Praedas d'Artagnan, Chuck Wagneras Athos, Ron Taylor as Porthos, Brent Spineras Aramis, Roy Brocksmithas Louis XIII, Liz Callawayas Lady Constance Bonacieux, Marianne Tatum as Milday de Winter, Ed Dixon as Cardinal Richelieu, and Mark McGrathas one of the Cardinal's guards.
In his review in the "
New York Times", Frank Richobserved, "The Three Musketeers" is a good-natured attempt to jazz up Rudolf Friml's Dumas-inspired operetta, a Florenz Ziegfeld extravaganza of 1928, much as the New York Shakespeare Festivalretooled " The Pirates of Penzance" a few seasons ago. But this time the source material is many rungs below Gilbert and Sullivan- and the new accouterments add no wit, style, sexiness or show-biz dazzle . . . The man behind this enterprise is Mark Bramble . . . [whose] idea of writing a musical book, as he has previously demonstrated in his collaborations on "Barnum" and "42nd Street", is to minimize the book. The baroque plot of "The Three Musketeers" is so frenetically and confusingly conveyed that no child is likely to understand who the Duke of Buckingham is, or why Cardinal Richelieu is such a pill, or why everyone is chasing after a diamond brooch throughout Act II . . . The title characters have little dialogue and often seem like interchangeable stand-ins for the Three Stooges. . . Joe Layton has tried to give the show the illusion of excitement by staging it at a frantic pace and by sending the actors running up and down the aisles . . . [but] everyone seems to be scurrying pointlessly about just to keep busy. After a while, the company begins to look like a road troupe of "Camelot" on amphetamines."
Tatum was nominated for the
Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
After Cardinal Richelieu learns the Queen has a diamond heart, which was a present from the King to her, as a token of love to the Duke of Buckingham, a suggests the King should ask the Queen to wear it at a royal gala. Richelieu dispatches the Comte de Rochefort and Lady de Winter to
Londonto recover the gem, which he plans to unveil at the gala in order to reveal the Queen has been unfaithful. Meanwhile, the Queen asks her lady-in-waiting Constance to involve the Musketeers in the jewel's recovery, but trouble ensues when d’Artagnan steals it. After a rousing sword fight, the Musketeers reclaim it and bring it to the gala, where King Louis fastens it to the Queen's shoulder just as he did when he first gave it to her.
1928 song list
*All for One
*The 'He' for Me
*Heart of Mine
*My Sword and I
*March of the Musketeers
*Colonel and Major
*Love is the Sun
*Heart of Mine
*Welcome to the Queen;Act II
*With Red Wine
*Kiss Before I Go
*Queen of My Heart
*Until We Say Goodbye
1984 song list
*All for One
*Only a Rose
*My Sword and I
*Carnival of Fools
*L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour
*Come to Us
*March of the Musketeers
*Bless My Soul
*Only a Rose (Reprise)
*Act One Finale;Act II
*Vive La France
*The Actor's Life
*My Belle (Reprise)
*L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour (Reprise)
*All For One (Reprise)
* [http://www.ibdb.com/show.asp?ID=8677 Internet Broadway Database entry]
* [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=9405E3D71139F931A25752C1A962948260 New York Times review]
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