An Artist's Model

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An Artist's Model
ArtistsModel1.jpg
Poster, 1895
Music Sidney Jones
Lyrics Harry Greenbank
Book Owen Hall
Productions 1895 West End

An Artist's Model is a two-act musical by Owen Hall, with lyrics by Harry Greenbank and music by Sidney Jones, with additional songs by Joseph and Mary Watson, Paul Lincke, Frederick Ross, Henry Hamilton and Leopold Wenzel. It opened at Daly's Theatre in London, produced by George Edwardes and directed by James T. Tanner, on 2 February 1895, transferring to the Lyric Theatre on 28 May 1895, and ran for a total of 392 performances. The piece starred Marie Tempest (and later Florence Perry) in the title role, Hayden Coffin, Letty Lind, Leonora Braham, Eric Lewis, Maurice Farkoa, Marie Studholme, and Louie Pounds.[1] It also had a Broadway run in 1895-96.

The success of A Gaiety Girl in 1893, the first musical by the team of Hall, Greenbank and Jones (followed by another such success, The Shop Girl in 1894), had confirmed to Edwardes that he was on the right track. He immediately set the team to work on An Artist's Model. Edwardes wanted his Daly's Theatre musicals to be slightly more sophisticated than his light and simple Gaiety Theatre musicals. Hall's new book kept the snappy dialogue of the previous work, but paired it with a romantic plot, tacked on at the last minute when Edwardes managed to engage the popular Marie Tempest, and a role was quickly written in for her. This lucky chance set up the formula for a series of successes for the Edwardes-Hall-Jones-Greenbank team at Daly's Theatre.[2]

The story is set in France. The eponymous model, having married a millionaire and been left a widow, returns to the studio in order to recover the affections of a lovelorn artist. He repulses her advances and she becomes engaged to an English nobleman, but then the artist woos her. The Times opening night review thought the story was weak (it was likely edited after that) but praised the lyrics and music.[3]

An Artist's Model was succeeded by The Geisha, which was to be the biggest international hit the British musical theatre had known, playing for 760 performances in its original London run and thousands of performances on the Continent (one source counts some 8,000 in Germany alone) and in America and then touring for decades in Britain. Still more hits followed.

Musical numbers[edit]

Act I - An Artist's Studio in Paris.
  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "With brush on hand and palette gay our varied talents we display..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Carbonnet and Chorus - "Oh, come and peep when the world's asleep at gay Bohemiah..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Sir George - "Though pictures as a connoisseur I don't pretend to criticize..."
  • No. 4 - Song - Madame Amélie - "A few young ladies I receive to finish at a special fee..."
  • No. 5 - Song - Madame Amélie - "It's really hard, when times are bad and tradesmen unforgiving..."
  • No. 6 - Song - Rudolph - "Is love a dream that fades with dawn of day, too sweet to last night night has passed away..."
  • No. 7 - Song - Daisy - "Oh, I'm a simple little maid who really doesn't know a thing..."
  • No. 8 - Chorus and Recitative - Adèle - "Queen of the Studio, welcome right royally! Where has your Majesty been? ..."
  • No. 9 - Students' Song - Adèle and Chorus - "What life so sweet, what life so free as that the merry student leads! ..."
  • No. 10 - Scena - Rudolph and Adèle - "Oh, maid of witching grace, mankind at will disarming..."
  • No. 11 - Entrance of School Girls - "We six little misses from a French girls' school, an embodiment of blisses..."
  • No. 12 - Trio - Algernon, Apthorpe and Carbonnet - "Now won't you come along with us and have a jolly lark? ..."
  • No. 13 - Finale Act I - "Ah, here is the truant at last! Oh, Daisy, what have you been doing? ..."
Act II - Ball-room in a Country House.
  • No. 14 - Opening Chorus - "Number five at last! Now don't forget it ends the set, so hurry through it fast..."
  • No. 15 - Song - Daisy and Chorus - "A Tom-tit lived in a tip-top tree, and a mad little, bad little bird was he..."
  • No. 16 - Concerted Piece - "We've reached our destination, and I'm glad of it! ..."
  • No. 17 - Trio - Algernon, Madame Amélie and Sir George - "By a pretty little proverb, it was settled long ago..."
  • No. 18 - Song - Adèle - "Sundown and dark, and over me the spell of shadowland..."
  • No. 19 - Song - Rudolph and Chorus - "The dearest spot on the wide, wide earth to the heart of a man of English birth..."
  • No. 20 - Laughing Song - Carbonnet - "In London at the present day I love to spend my money..."
  • No. 21 - Fancy Dress Lancers
  • No. 22 - Valse Chantée - "Music and laughter float on the air. Tears may come after; why should we care?..."
  • No. 23 - Song - Daisy - "When people doze, or criticize and stare in good Societee..."
  • No. 24 - Dance - Sir Roger de Coverley
  • No. 25 - Song - Rudolph - "Moon in the blue above, pale is your silver light..."
  • No. 26 - Finale - "On y revient toujours! We come with hearts grown fonder, back to the life that each of us loves best! ..."
Supplementary Numbers.
  • No. 27 - Song - Adèle - "Love is a man's delight, a fancy of today! ..."
  • No. 28 - Duet - Maud and Carbonnet - "I'm glad that Paris pleases you ... It charms me altogether..."
  • No. 29 - Song - Carbonnet - "I've met my fate, I am in love with Trilby..."
  • No. 30 - Song - Cripps and Chorus - "Though round the world I've often been with Cook's or else with Gaze's..."
  • No. 31 - Song - Madame Amélie - "Do you remember all the bonnets that you bought? ..."
  • No. 32 - Song - Adèle - "On a silent summer's night, when the moon shone clear and bright..."
  • No. 33 - Song - Adèle - "Oh, what would women do, ha, ha! if men were all like you, ha, ha!..."
  • No. 34 - Song - Madame Amélie - "Mon militaire big and brave, he means to try the married bliss..."
  • No. 35 - Quartet - Sir George, Amélie, Algernon & Smoggins - "Though neglected in the past, they've created me at last."
  • No. 36 - Song - "Ta-Ta Land" - "A noble dame some children had, up to ev'ry game..."
  • No. 37 - Song and Chorus - "Hands Off!" - "England to arms! the need is nigh, the danger at your gate..."
  • No. 38 - Song and Chorus - "Henrietta" - "In a quiet little village not so very far away..."

Roles and original cast[edit]

  • Adéle (a rich widow, formerly an Artist's Model) - Marie Tempest
  • Lady Barbara Cripps - Leonora Braham
  • Lucien (a French schoolboy) - Nina Cadiz
  • Jessie, Rose, Christine, Ruby and Violet (art students) - Marie Studholme, Kate Cannon, Alice Davis, Kate Adams and Lettice Fairfax
  • Geraldine (a Model) - Hetty Hamer
  • Amy Cripps - Louie Pounds
  • Jane - Sybil Grey
  • Miss Manvers - Nellie Gregory
  • Daisy Vane - (Sir George St. Alban's Ward) - Letty Lind
  • Rudolph Blair - (an Art Student) - C. Hayden Coffin
  • Sir George St. Alban - (a Diplomatist) - Eric Lewis
  • Archie Pendillon (an Art Student) - Yorke Stephens
  • Earl of Thamesmead (Lady Barbara's brother) - Lawrance D'Orsay
  • Algernon St. Alban (Sir George's son) - Farren Soutar
  • Carbonnet, Apthorpe and Maddox (art students) - Maurice Farkoa, Gilbert Porteous and *Conway Dixon
  • James Cripps (Lady Barbara's husband) - E. M. Robson
  • Smoggins - W. Blakeley
  • Mme. Amélie (a Schoolmistress in Paris) - Lottie Venne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Compton-Rickett, Arthur and Ernest Henry Short, Ring Up the Curtain: Being a Pageant of English Entertainment Covering Half a Century (1970; first published 1938) Ayer Publishing ISBN 0-8369-5299-5
  2. ^ Kurt Gänzl, The Encyclopedia of The Musical Theatre, Blackwell, Oxford (1994) vol. I, pp. 435-36
  3. ^ "Daly's Theatre", The Times, 4 February 1895, p. 8

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