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Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern, 1933
Roberta
Sun, Jun 10, 3:00 - 5:45 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Continuing our tradition of reviving gems from the Golden Age of musical comedy, we open Shedd Theatricals’ 17th season with Roberta, Otto Harbach’s 1933 stage adaptation of Alice Duer Miller’s charming novel published that same year, Gowns By Roberta. The story is as much romance as comedy, with plenty of intrigue, star-crossed loving and Russian royalty in disguise mixed in with simply great songs by Harbach and the always masterful Jerome Kern.
John Kent, an all-American fullback at Haverhill College learns he has inherited a dress shop in Paris run by his Aunt Minnie under the trade name Roberta, who is the estranged black sheep of the family but has a deep affection for him. When John’s stuck up socialite fiancee Sophie throws him over, he travels to Paris, only to find that Aunt Minnie has died. Knowing how much his aunt relied on her beautiful assistant Stephanie (a real Russian princess in disguise), John proposes that she runs the shop in partnership with him. A budding romance between the two almost comes to naught when Sophie, appears on the scene bent to win John back.
The fabulous score by Kern includes such beauts as “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Lovely To Look At”, “Yesterdays”, “I Won’t Dance”, “You’re Devastating”, and “I’ll Be Hard To Handle”.
Event Personnel
Creative Team
Peg Major, director
Robert Ashens, music director & conductor
Caitlin Christopher, choreographer
Jamie Parker, costume design
Jim Ralph, executive producer, set design
Cast
Claire Kepple, Stephanie
Adam Kelly, John Kent
Dylan Stasack, Huckleberry Haines
Caitlin Christopher, Mme. Nunez Scharwenka
Clarae Smith, Sophie Teale
Judith Roberts, Aunt Minnie
Matthew Leach, Lord Henry Delves
Bradyn Debysingh, Billie
Jim Ballard, Ladislaw
Cyra Conforth, Luella la Verne
Sophia James, Mrs. Teale
Lyn Burg, Mme. Anna Grandet
Female Ensemble
Male Ensemble
Production Team
Kristin Combs, production & stage manager
George Comstock, assistant stage manager
Emily Weinkauf Kidder, assistant to the conductor
Cosmo Cole, lighting & sound design
Connie Huston, scenic painter, scenic design
Jan Easton, set construction
Scenes & Musical Numbers
Time: 1933     Place: New England & Paris, France
ACT I
Scene 1: Alpha Beta Pi fraternity, New England
late Spring, 1933
 Let's Begin (Billie)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Fraternity Madrigal (John & the boys)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 You're Devastating (Huck & the boys)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Let's Begin (continued, John & boys)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 2: Roberta's private office, Paris
2 weeks later
 You're Devastating (reprise, Stephanie)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Yesterdays (Aunt Minnie)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 I Won't Dance (Scharwenka, Hank & John)
(1935) Roberta
Words by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh - Music by Jerome Kern
 The Touch Of Your Hand (Stephanie & Ladislaw)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 3: Roberta's fitting room
the following week
 The Touch Of Your Hand (reprise, staff)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 4: Hallway between the fitting and show rooms
6 weeks after
Scene 5: Roberta's showroom
 I'll Be Hard To Handle (Scharwenka)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Bernard Dougall - Music by Jerome Kern
ACT II
Scene 1: Roberta's private office
the following week
 Hold 'Em High, You Are Going For A Ride (Scharwenka)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Stephanie)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Let's Begin (reprise, Huck & Stephanie)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 2: Willie's Bar (Paris' idea of an American club)
 Something Had To Happen (Scharwenka & John)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Let's Begin (reprise, Huck, John & Scharwenka)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 3: Roberta's showroom, set for a party
 Don't Ask Me Not To Sing (Hank & Billy)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 Lovely To Look At
(1935) Roberta
Words by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh - Music by Jerome Kern
Scene 4: Roberta's fitting room
Scene 5: The Café Russe
 Clementine
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 I'll Be Hard To Handle (reprise, Scharwenka)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Bernard Dougall - Music by Jerome Kern
 The Touch Of Your Hand (instrumental)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
 You're Devastating (instrumental)
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Bernard Dougall, -
Dorothy Fields, 1905-1975
Otto Harbach, 1873-1963
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Associate Events
Sunday Jun 10
6:00 pmDinner after Roberta
Ticket/Venue Info
Roberta Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  23.50 
B30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  19.50 
C24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  15.75 
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