New York: Chappell & Co. [PN C. 6140], 1907.
Quarto. Original publisher's wrappers illustrated by Archie Gunn. 2ff. (title, named cast list, contents), 192 pp.
Named cast list from the New York production includes Robert Graham, Lois Ewell, Donald Brian, and Ethel Jackson.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled; rebacked; former owner's name and date to upper. Slightly worn and browned; publisher and distributor handstamps to title.
First English-language edition.
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), composed to a libretto by Victor Léon und Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac's L'attaché d'ambassade (1861), was first performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien on December 30, 1905. The English-language version opened in London on June 8, 1907, and then in New York City on October 21, 1907.
"In the field of operetta, Die lustige Witwe remains a masterpiece. It has a fund of marvellous melodies that remain astonishingly fresh—ever inventive, ever graceful." Andrew Lamb in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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