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The Red Mill is an operetta written by Victor Herbert, with a libretto by Henry Blossom. It premiered on Broadway on September 24, 1906 at the Knickerbocker Theatre and ran for 274 performances, starring for comedians Fred Stone and David Montgomery. It was revived on October 16, 1945 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 531 performances. Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859–May 26, 1924) was a popular composer of light opera. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... Henry Martyn Blossom (May 10, 1866 – March 23, 1919) was a playwright and lyricist. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The Knickerbocker Theatre was a Broadway theatre located at 1396 Broadway (West 38th Street), New York City The 1500 seat theater was designed by J.B. McElfatrick & Co. ... Fred Andrew Stone (August 19, 1873 – March 6, 1959) was an American actor. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Ziegfeld Theatre was a Broadway theatre formerly located at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan, New York City. ...


In 1906, producer Charles Dillingham made theatrical history by placing in front of the Knickerbocker Theater a revolving red windmill powered and lit by electricity. This was Broadway's first moving illuminated sign. The Red Mill includes the famous songs Every Day is Lady's Day with Me, The Streets of New York, You Never Can Tell About a Woman, and Because You're You.


A 1927 silent movie version starred Marion Davies and was directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle under the pseudonym of William Goodrich- The situation of Gretchen and the Captain is retained from the operetta, but it is made a sub plot. Marion Davies playes a acaracter invented for the film. Marion Davies illustrated by Hamilton King, 1920 Marion Davies Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 23, 1961) was an American comedic actress. ... Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle (1887-1933) in 1919 Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) was an American silent film comedian. ...

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In a village in Holland, two American vaudevillians, Con and Kid, who have been travelling in Europe but itch to get back to New York, are stranded penniless in the little inn, "The Sign of the Red Mill". Trying to sneak out of the inn without paying their bill, they are caught and thrown into jail. The Innkeeper, however, pities them and arranges for their release to work at the inn until the debt owed is paid off.


The Burgomaster's daughter, Gretchen, loves Captain Doris van Damm while her father wishes her to marry the Governor of Zeeland. The Americans agree to help Gretchen and the Captain to elope. Willem overhears the lovers' plot and tells the Burgomaster. He locks Gretchen in the mill, where she pines away for the man she loves. Kid and Con try to rescue her, but the Burgomaster has made all arrangements for the marriage of his daughter to the governor. The two Americans appear at the wedding festivities in various disguises in an attempt to delay the wedding. When it is discovered that Captain Van Damm is heir to a large fortune, all resistance to him collapses. The lovers are united, and the Americans return home to New York.


Roles

  • Con Kidder, Kid Connor - Two Americans "doing" Europe
  • Burgomaster Jan van Borken - of Katwyck-aan-Zee
  • Bertha - his sister
  • Gretchen - his daughter
  • Willem - innkeeper at the "Red Mill"
  • Tina - his daughter
  • Captain Doris van Damm
  • Franz - the sheriff of Katwyck-aan-Zee
  • The Governor of Zeeland
  • Joshua Pennyfeather - an English solicitor
  • Countess de la Fère - an automobilist
  • Flora, Dora, Lena, Anna, Phyllis, Madge, etc.

Musical numbers

  • If You Love But Me
  • When You're Pretty And The World Is Fair
  • I'll Ring The Bell
  • Good-A-Bye John
  • Every Day Is Ladies Day With Me
  • Whistle It
  • Because You're You
  • Mignonette
  • You Never Can Tell About A Woman
  • A Widow Has Ways
  • The Isle Of Our Dreams
  • The Streets Of New York
  • Moonbeams
  • The Legend Of The Mill
  • I Want You To Marry Me
  • Go While The Goin' Is Good

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