Final tableau from original production, Berlin, 1929.
The stained-glass windows depict Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller, from left to right.
Set in early 1920's Chicago, the plot pits organized crime against the Salvation Army. Lieutenant Lilian Holiday makes a brave attempt to reform a group of gangsters led by Bill Cracker and the Lady in Grey. As she is making progress, she is thrown out of the Salvation Army because they fear she is too close to the gangsters. But since she is the most popular evangelist, they are forced to let her back into the fold. Meanwhile, the gang robs a bank on Christmas Eve; thanks to Bill's growing affection for Lilian, they decide to unite with the Salvation Army and open a new office downtown, to work on saving the souls of capitalists.
Cast: Singing roles -- Bill Cracker (high baritone), Sam Worlitzer
(baritone), Hanibal Jackson (baritone), Lilian Holiday (soprano), Lady
in Grey (mezzo-soprano), Jane (mezzo); chorus, SATB.
Speaking roles -- Dr. Nakamura, Jimmy Dexter, Bob Merker, Johnny Flint, Salvation Army Captain, Mary, Miriam.
Orchestra: alto sax (fl, picc, cl); ten. sax (bass sax, cl); tpt; tbn; banjo (Hawaiian guitar or mandolin, bandoneon or accordion, (bass) guitar); perc (2nd tpt); piano (harmonium).
Duration: full evening, 40 minutes music
|LP CBS 66266
LP Columbia COS-2032
LP Philips B 47 080 L
LP Columbia OL 5630
CBS MK 42636
CBS MPK 45886
BEAR FAMILY 16019
Documents Historische Ton 4032250197830 (2 CDs)
Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, cond.
|Capriccio 60 015||Gabriele Ramm, Walter Raffeiner, Karin Ploog, Steven Kimbrough,
Pro Musica Köln, König Ensemble,
Jan Latham-König, cond.
English adaptation by Michael Feingold,
Happy End Songspiel, arranged by David Drew.