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"The Little Café" (1913)
Music by Ivan Caryll (1861 - 1921)
Book and Lyrics by C. M. S. McLellan
ACT I - The Little Café, Paris.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "The sun first shone on fair Yvonne in eighteen-ninety-five ... in eighteen-ninety-five, at just high noon, the ninth of June..."
- No. 2 - Song - Yvonne and Chorus
- "Oh! oh! such gay bouquets! what do they mean? ... That you today, dear friend, are seventeen..."
- No. 3 - Song - Katziolinka and Chorus
- "When first I saw Albert I merely scorned him! ... She scorned him! ... If he'd been mine I surely would have pawned him! ..."
- No. 4 - Song - Albert and Chorus
- "Tally-ho! we're away, tra la! ... Ha, ha! ... Say little Adolphe and I ... Boom! Boom! ... To the little Café, ta, ta! ... Ha, ha! ... "
- No. 5 - Finale Act I
- "Perhaps you have talents to take you to heights of exceptional fame; perhaps your ambition will make you a great and illustrious name... "
ACT II - The Restaurant Grand Gala, Paris.
- No. 6 - Opening Chorus
- "Tonight we fill and raise the glass, tomorrow it drops and smashes; tonight we burn with joy, Alas! Tomorrow we wear the ashes... "
- No. 7 - Song - Katziolinka and Chorus
- "Do you call that dancing? What you do ev'ry night two by two? It's a sight that would make the people laugh in Hungary."
- No. 8 - Song - Albert and Chorus
- "My friend the Czar and Gaby Delys, and every swell like that, they always start an evening meal with caviar..."
- No. 9 - Chorus, and Song - Yvonne
- "There never has been in Paris a queen like this little queen of today; again and again we've had them from Spain..."
- No. 10 - Octet - Yvonne, Baron Tombola, and others
- "I've a wish to utter, I want to be a butterfly, but the sort of butterfly that chooses right to flutter by..."
- No. 11 - Song - Gaby and Chorus
- "Thy mouth is a rose in May awaiting a perfect noon, the noon of a perfect day, the day of a perfect June..."
- No. 12 - Finale Act II
- "Now which of the three of the ladies we see is the lady possessing your heart! Have you unto each, like the third of peach..."
ACT III - The Gardens of the Chateau Sans Souci, Marly.
- No. 13 - Opening Chorus
- "From the sky he falls like a shooting star, whoo-oo, see him come! It's the Prince who flies in the winning car..."
- No. 14 - Valse Song - Gaby and Chorus
- "Why should I, whom you treat with disdain, love you still, though my love is but pain; if to love you is torture and woe..."
- No. 15 - Song - Albert and Chorus
- "When I started as a youth, well, I didn't have a face like Apollo has ... and to tell the simple truth I was lacking in the grace..."
- No. 16 - Finale Act III
- "Oh! here comes the Count de Loriflan, his table is the first one over there. Call all the waiters up, for the Count intends to sup..."
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