Comedy with music, in three acts.
Original German book by Dorothy Lane, pseudonym for Elisabeth Hauptmann
and Bertolt Brecht.
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.
English adaptation of book and lyrics by Michael Feingold.
Part of poster for a production at the Banff Centre, Alberta,
Set in Chicago in 1919, 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, but the money disappears. It was
recovered by the Lady in Grey, who returns and threatens to kill Bill for
botching the robbery. At this point the Salvation Army intervenes, and
a series of coincidences leads to the happy ending: Bill and Lilian are
engaged, the Lady in Grey finds her long lost husband, and the money stays
out of the hands of the police.
Prologue - Hosannah Rockefeller
The Bilbao Song
Lieutenants of the Lord
The Sailors' Tango
Brother, Give Yourself a Shove
Song of the Big Shot
Don't Be Afraid
In Our Childhood's Bright Endeavor
The Liquor Dealer's Dream
The Mandalay Song
Ballad of the Lily of Hell
Cast: Singing roles -- Bill Cracker (high baritone),
Sam Wurlitzer (baritone), Captain Hannibal Jackson (tenor), Dr. Nakamura
(baritone), Johnny Flint (baritone), Lieutenant Lillian Holiday (soprano),
A Lady in Gray (mezzo-soprano), Sister Jane (mezzo); chorus, SATB.
Speaking roles -- Jimmy Dexter, Bob Marker, Miriam, Major Stone, Sister
Mary, Brother Ben Owens.
: alto sax (picc, fl, cl); ten. sax (bass sax, cl);
tpt; tbn; banjo (Hawaiian guitar or mandolin, bandoneon or accordion, bass
guitar); perc (2nd tpt); piano (harmonium).
: full evening, 40 minutes music
April 6, 1972, New Haven, Yale Repertory Theatre, Michael Posnick, dir.,
Thomas Fay, cond.
May 1977, New York, Martin Beck Theatre, Robert Kalfin and Patricia Birch,
dir., Roland Gagnon, cond.
May 4, 1984, Washington, D.C., Arena Stage, Garland Wright, dir., Robert
October 5, 1989, Lahti, Finland, Nancy Rhodes, dir., Tapio Louhensalo,
February 17, 1995, Baltimore, Center Stage, Irene Lewis, dir., Mark Bennett,
Also see entry for Happy End
in the original German version.