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"Marriage a la Carte" (1911)
Music by Ivan Caryll (1861 - 1921)
Book and Lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan.
ACT I - The Gardens of Tottminster Hall at Stone Stixford in Surrey.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "Did you ever hear the like of this before? No, you never heard the like; here's a bride of half-an-hour - says that married life's a bore..."
- No. 2 - Trio - Aubrey, Eustace and Daisy
- "Though up till now but modestly placed, pursuing our art obscurely ... We trust we work with an epicure's taste..."
- No. 3 - Song - Pettingill
- "Some men have never been to Paris; some men have never been to Rome. Some men have never been to Harrow-on-the-Hill..."
- No. 4 - Duet - Rosalie and Dick
- "To walk a wire I was taught when but a tiny child of five, and really now I think I ought to thank my stars that I'm alive..."
- No. 5 - Song - Pettingill and Chorus
- "It's perfectly hopeless to try and win my daughter fair (his daughter fair) for offers of marriage are pouring in from ev'rywhere."
- No. 6 - Song - Rosalie and Officers
- "No doubt I ought to try to direct a cheerful eye towards a man that I can learn to think of with affection, but ..."
- No. 7 - Finale Act I
- "Dear Mr. Pettingill, dear Mr. Wragge, you're a very interesting pair ... Apropos of what? ... Compliments are not calculated to clear the air..."
ACT II - The Dionysian Court, Tottminster Hall.
- No. 8 - Opening Chorus and Solo - Dick
- "Of all her sex a paragon, not Catherine of Aragon, Queen Anne or Sarah Bernhardt ever did a feat so rare..."
- No. 9 - Song - Rosalie and Chorus
- "I like joy, don't like sorrow; I postpone till the morrow all my grief and woe; I like bright, cheerful faces..."
- No. 10 - Song - Pettingill
- "Such a bore! I've been ordered out to pasture with the cows. My doctor bought the tickets, and he said: 'You've got the rickets...'"
- No. 11 - Quintet - Rosalie, Sheila, Pettingill, Minstrel and Jimmy
- "I'm very much afraid that the little British maid is a sham ... She's a sham, she's a sham ..."
- No. 12 - Trio - Rosalie, Dick and Lord Mirables
- "When to dinner you go out, it is just as well, no doubt, if you patronize the merry table d'hôte..."
- No. 13 - Song - Daisy and Chorus
- "Of course you know young Dinkelpop, he's a captain in the lancers; I mean the chap named Dinkelpop who's a dervish..."
- No. 14 - Song - Cuthbert
- "I sometimes take my mothaw out to supper, and mothaw takes my sister Jane along; a sort of fam'ly group down to the Carlton..."
- No. 15 - Duet - Rosalie and Dick
- "I would crow like chanticleer if you said you were now quite ready, dear, to be wed. If you said you'd marry me..."
- No. 16 - Finale Act II
- "It's quite all right! ... You mean it's quite all wrong. My friends, he means that here I don't belong; you've just now heard..."
ACT III - At the Little Green Inn, on the Brighton Road.
- No. 17 - Opening Chorus
- "House there! House there! Come along and serve the tea. Now then, must we blow you up with trumpets? Bring us jam..."
- No. 18 - Song - Rosalie and Chorus
- "Remember, please, if I lack a proper pose, I had no Mamma! I had Papa, but as ev'rybody knows I don't count Papa! ..."
- No. 19 - Duet - Pettingill and Minstrel
- "Said the dog to the duck: Stop quacking! Come and have a good old bark, come and chase the cat thro' the garden..."
- No. 20 - Song - Dick and Chorus
- "Convention perhaps would disparage a public proposal of marriage, but there are young ladies demanding particular wooing..."
- No. 21 - Song - Pettingill
- "A very pretty story with a moral at the end occurs to me this moment, and if to me you'll lend your casual attention, I'll tell you..."
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