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My Night at Jacques\'
My Night at Jacques'
"…two frolicsome one-acts, delicious trifles… delightfully restored with sparkling English lyrics [and] a sprightly book." —Chicago Reader
Music by Jacques Offenbach. English book by Jack Helbig. English lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

Cast: 4m., 2w. (Optional chorus of any size.) My Night at Jacques' is a delightful night of musical theater made up of two amazingly contemporary one-act Offenbach operettas in a sparkling new translation by Gregg Opelka and Jack Helbig. Hilarity and bubbling melodies combine to make this an unforgettable night of madcap French mayhem. Here's a synopsis of each of these wacky operettas, which were the toast of 19th-century Paris when they opened.

Your Presence Requested: Eager to impress his uppercrust friends, Monsieur Choufleuri has invited half of Paris' glitterati to his home tonight at 8:00 to hear three famous Italian opera singers in an exclusive musical soirée. When the trio of traveling trillers suddenly cancels its appearance, our host is more distraught than a diva without an autograph hound. To the rescue comes his daughter, Ernestine, along with her boyfriend, Babylas, a poor, but talented, opera composer. Together, they concoct an ingenious scheme to save the evening. But not without an ulterior motive of their own!

The Island of Tulipatan: "How do you solve a problem like Hermosa?" That's what her parents ask at the beginning of the delightfully loopy Island of Tulipatan. A refined girl of 18 should be sewing or practicing the piano, not outside shooting guns and dreaming about all things military. Meanwhile, the prince, Alexis, also 18, an unusually gentle young man, is far more interested in ornithology than manly pursuits, like fighting. How will these diametrically opposed lovers ever hook up? Oh, that's only the beginning. Just wait till you see how convoluted l'amour can get on the remote Island of Tulipatan, where nobody is who they appear to be. Oh, mon dieu!
Approximate running time: 1 hour for each operetta. One unit set for each act.

Music Samples
Couplets, "When I was just a girl in school"
Bolero, "Everyone knows when Pedro's coming"
Couplets, "This motley prism called the human organism"
Trio, "Babylas, Babylas, Babylas!"
Ensemble, "Here we are! Glad you waited!"
Trio Italien, "Italia la bella, where you needa no umbrella"
Finale, "Oh what a ravishing performance"

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  ME4
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  95
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583423125
Publication Date: 10/29/2007
Jack Helbig is a journalist and playwright living in Chicago. His musical adaptation, Hotel d'Amour, written with Gregg Opelka (and based on Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear), was first produced by the Buffalo Theatre Company in Chicago and has since been done around the U.S. He has written two plays, Thinking of Her Made Him Think of ...More
Gregg Opelka has written music and lyrics for 10 musicals, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical, which had its Chicagoland world premiere in summer 2014 at Theatre at the Center, Munster, Ind. Based on the popular TV comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical has a book written by two-time Tony Award nominee and veteran TV comedy writer David Rogers ...More
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