Die Dollarprinzessin

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Die Dollarprinzessin is an operetta (also called a musical in some sources) in three acts by Alfred Maria Willner (1859-1929)[1] and Fritz Grünbaum (1880-1941)[2], with music by Leo Fall (1873-1925)[3].

The original text

Based on an unnamed comedy by Gatti-Trotha (Gatti and Trotha?), it explores the world of the so-called "Dollar Princesses" or American heiresses travelling to Europe in the late 19th century.

First performed in the German on 2 November 1907 in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna

Translations and adaptations

The musical work was translated and adapted into English as The Dollar Princess by Basil Hood (1864-1917)[4], using the music of Leo Fall and English lyrics by Adrian Ross (1859-1933)[5]. It opened in London at Daly's Theatre on 25 September 1909, running for 428 performances.

Another English version of the musical had a very successful run on Broadway, this one with a book and lyrics by George Grossmith, Jr. (1874-1935)[6] and additional numbers by Jerome Kern (1885-1945)[7]. It opened on 6 August 1909 and and ran for 288 performances.

La Principessa Dei Dollari, an Italian version by Renato Simoni (1875-1952)[8] and Ettoro Fanni, was also published by Muleti Giovanni, Torino, 1909.

Performance history in South Africa

1909-1910: Performed in English as The Dollar Princess in South Africa by the large New Gaiety Company (featuring among others Doris Greville) and appearing under the auspices of the Wheeler-Edwardes Company. The play was performed at the Opera House in Pretoria from 7 June 1909, followed by performances at His Majesty’s Theatre in Johannesburg and the Opera House, Cape Town (toward the end of 1909 and again in 1910).

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dollar_Princess

http://www.operascotland.org/opera/598/Dollar+Princess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Maria_Willner

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Gr%C3%BCnbaum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Fall

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Hood

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Ross

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Grossmith_Jr.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Kern

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renato_Simoni

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.431, 434

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