Robert Ayres Barnet
Robert Ayres Barnet or R. A. Barnet (1853-1933) was an American musical theatre lyricist in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He wrote lyrics for 1492 and Excelsior Jr. Collaborators included Robert Melville Baker, George Whitefield Chadwick, Edward Warren Corliss, Louis F. Gottschalk, Harry Lawson Heartz, David Kilburn Stevens, Lewis Sabin Thompson, and George Lowell Tracy. He belonged to the Boston Cadets, and contributed to the group's amateur theatricals. For example, his Jack and the Beanstock premiered in 1896 at Boston's Tremont Theatre. It was performed by the "Boston Cadets, who always present Barnet's pieces before they are staged professionally. The new piece is ... a fairy Mother Goose burlesque. The music is by A.B. Sloane. ... Augustus Pitou, Klaw & Erlanger, E.E. Rice, and other prominent gentlemen" attended. The female impersonator Julian Eltinge appeared in the early shows. Barnet died in New York in 1933.
- Barnet, R. A. (Robert Ayres) 1850?-1933, WorldCat
- W. L. Hubbard, ed. (1908), The History of American Music, Toledo, Ohio: I. Squire, OCLC 851074
- Harry Prescott Hanaford; Dixie Hines, eds. (1914), Who's who in music and drama: an encyclopedia of biography of notable men and women in music and the drama, NY: H.P. Hanaford
- Baker, Robert Melville 1868-1929, WorldCat
- Carl Engel (July 1924), "George W. Chadwick", Musical Quarterly, 10 (3)
- Corliss, E. W. (Edward Warren) 1872-1916, WorldCat
- Heartz, H. L. (Harry Lawson), WorldCat
- Stevens, D. K. (David Kilburn) 1860-1946, WorldCat
- Thompson, Lewis Sabin 1868-1908, WorldCat
- Tracy, George Lowell 1855-1921, WorldCat
- Alfred T. Waite (January 29, 1898), "Soldiers as Actors", Harper's Weekly
- "R.A. Barnet's new burlesque: 'Jack and the Beanstock' produced by the Boston Cadets", New York Times, February 7, 1896
- Anne Alison Barnet (2004), Extravaganza King: Robert Barnet and Boston Musical Theater, Northeastern University Press
"Bugaboo Man," New York World, 1900
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- R. A. Barnet (1890), Injured innocents, Boston: E. B. Stillings & Co.
- George Whitefield Chadwick; Robert Ayres Barnet (1894), Tabasco: burlesque opera in two acts, Boston: B. F. Wood Music Co.
- Lewis Sabin Thompson; Robert Ayres Barnet (1899), Prince pro tem: a comic opera in two acts, Boston: C. W. Thompson
- Harry Lawson Heartz; Robert Ayres Barnet; George Lowell Tracy (1900), Miladi and the musketeer: a romantic extravaganza, Boston: White-Smith Music Publishing Company
- Harry Lawson Heartz; Robert Ayres Barnet (1901), Miss Simplicity: a musical comedy ... as presented by the Frank Daniels' Comic Opera Company, Boston: White-Smith
- Louis Ferdinand Gottschalk; David Kilburn Stevens; Edward Warren Corliss; Robert Ayres Barnet (1904), Cinderella and the prince; or, Castle of heart's desire: A fairy excuse for songs and dances, Boston: White-Smith
- Dan Sullivan; Robert Ayres Barnet; Robert Melville Baker (1906), Miss Pocahontas: an Indian war-whoop in two whoops, Boston: White-Smith Music Pub.