Opera in two acts.
Book by Elmer Rice, based on his play of the same name.
Lyrics by Langston Hughes.
Ensemble scene, with Sam (Brian Sullivan) and Rose (Ann Jeffreys)
at center, from Broadway production, 1947.
One day in the life of a New York apartment building. The
story focuses on Anna Maurrant and her family. She is frustrated by her
husband and worried about her teenage daughter Rose. She is also having
an affair with the milkman. Rose is frustrated by her parents' unhappiness
and aspires to better things. Frank Maurrant murders Anna when he learns
of her affair. Rose then leaves the tenement, and her boyfriend Sam Kaplan,
behind to make a new, independent life for herself.
Ain't it Awful, the Heat?
I Got a Marble and a Star
Get a Load of That
When a Woman has a Baby
Somehow I Never Could Believe
Ice Cream Sextet
Let Things Be Like They Always Was
Wrapped in a Ribbon and Tied in a Bow
Wouldn't You Like to Be on Broadway?
What Good Would the Moon Be?
Remember That I Care
Catch Me if You Can
There'll be Trouble
A Boy Like You
We'll Go Away Together
The Woman Who Lived Up There
I Loved Her Too
Don't Forget the Lilac Bush
- Adelphi Theatre, January 9, 1947 (148 perf.)
- Director: Charles Friedman
- Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel
- Abraham Kaplan- Irving Kaufman- Tenor
- Mrs. Fiorentino- Helen Arden- High Soprano
- Mr. Olsen- Wilson Smith- Bass
- Emma Jones- Hope Emerson- Mezzo
- Olga Olsen- Ellen Repp- Contralto
- Henry- Creighton Thompson- High Baritone
- Willie Maurrant- Peter Griffith- Boy Soprano
- Anna Maurrant- Polyna Stoska- Dramatic Soprano
- Sam Kaplan- Brian Sullivan- Tenor
- Frank Maurrant- Norman Cordon- Bass/Baritone
- George Jones- David E. Thomas- Baritone
- Lippo Fiorentino- Sydney Rainer- Tenor
- Harry Easter- Don Saxon- Baritone
- Daniel Buchanan- Remo Lota- Tenor
- Steve Sankey- Lauren Gilbert- VTNE
- Rose Maurrant- Anne Jeffreys- Soprano
- Chorus and Smaller Roles: 11M/8F, 2M/2F Children
Cast: Singing roles -- Anna Maurrant (dramatic
soprano), Frank Maurrant, (bass-baritone), Willie Maurrant (boy soprano),
Rose Maurrant (lyric soprano), Sam Kaplan (tenor), Abraham Kaplan (tenor
buffo), Harry Easter (high baritone), Henry Davis, (baritone), Lippo Fiorentino
(tenor), George Jones (baritone), Carl Olsen (bass), Mrs. Fiorentino (coloratura
soprano), Mrs. Jones (mezzo-soprano), Mrs. Olsen (alto), Daniel Buchanan
(buffo tenor), Jenny Hildebrand (soprano), 2nd graduate (soprano), 3rd
graduate (mezzo-soprano), Mrs. Hildebrand (mezzo-soprano), Nursemaids (soprano,
mezzo-soprano), three children, Dick McGann (singer-dancer), Mae Jones
Speaking roles -- Mrs. Jones, Steve Sankey, Shirley Kaplan, Vincent Jones,
Dr. Wilson, Officer Murphy, city marshall, Fred Cullen, milkman, policeman,
old clothes man, intern, ambulance driver, married couple, passerby, neighbors,
: 1 (picc).1.3 (bass cl).1; 188.8.131.52; piano (celesta),
harp, timp & perc; strings.
: full evening
January 9, 1947, New York, Adelphi Theater, Charles Friedman, dir., Maurice
November 26, 1955, Düsseldorf, Städtische Bühne, Friedrich
Schramm, dir., Eugen Szenkar, cond. (in German)
April 2, 1959, New York City Opera, Herbert Machiz, dir., Julius Rudel,
October 12, 1989, London, English National Opera, David Pountney, dir.,
Carl Davis, cond.
January 15, 1995, Berlin, Theater des Westens, Houston Grand Opera, Francesca
Zambello, dir., James Holmes, cond.
CBS MK 44668
Bag of Rags 004
Original cast [excerpts]
Anne Jeffreys, David Thomas, Helen Arden, Ellen Carleen, Norman Cordon,
Hope Emerson, Peter Griffith, Beverly Janis, Irving Kaufman, Remo Lota,
Sydney Rainer, Ellen Repp, Don Saxon, Wilson Smith, Polyna Stoska,
Bryan Sullivan, Creighton Thompson, Peggy Turnley
Maurice Abravanel, cond.
|CD TER2 1185
CD JAY2 1232
Musical Heritage Society MHS 523330M
English National Opera cast
Richard Van Allan, Bonaventura Bottone, Meriel Dickinson, Janis Kelly,
Terry Jenkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, John Kitchiner, Simon Masterton-Smith
Harry Nicoll, Peter Bronder, Susan Bullock, Kristine Ciesinski, Claire Daniels,
Fiammetta Doria, Judith Douglas, Angela Hickey, Daniel Ison, Arwel Huw Morgan
Carl Davis, cond.
Decca 433 371-2
Josephine Barstow, Samuel
Ramey, Angelina Réaux, Jerry Hadley,
John Mauceri, cond.
Hollywood Bowl Performance, 1949
Studio chorus, Choir
Studio orchestra, Orchestra
Izler Solomon, Conductor
Concert suite from Street Scene
devised by Lys Symonette and Kim Kowalke
for lyric soprano, dramatic soprano, lyric tenor, Broadway baritone,
bass-baritone, (optional mixed chorus), and orchestra.
I: A summer evening
Blues ("Marble and a Star")
Scene and Aria ("Somehow I Never Could Believe")
Arioso ("Lonely House")
Scene and Song ("Wouldn't You Like to Be on Broadway?")
Cavatina and Scene ("What Good Would the Moon Be?")
Aria ("Let Things Be Like They Always Was")
Duet ("Remember that I Care")
II. The next day
Trio ("There'll Be Trouble")
Lament ("Now Love and Death")
Finale ("I Loved Her, Too")
Orchestra: 1 (picc).1.3 (bcl).1; 184.108.40.206; harp, piano (celesta), timpani
& percussion, strings.
Duration: 55 minutes
First performances: March 9, 2000, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Slatkin,
March 12, 2000, Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Lawrence