Play with music in two acts.
Book and lyrics by Jacques Deval.
Florelle as Marie and Alcover as Staub, from the original production, 1934.
Marie is kidnapped and taken to Panama by a lecherous sea captain, who abandons her when she will not give in to his desires. She becomes a prostitute in order to earn money to return to France; meanwhile, she is unwittingly involved in an espionage plot. She spends most of her money to care for a dying black man whom no one else will tend to. When she does finally save enough money for a steamer fare, she is murdered by a spy who fears discovery the night before the boat sails.
Les filles de Bordeaux
Chant des matelots
J'attends un navire
Tengo quatince años
Le roi d'Aquitaine
Train du ciel
Yo le dije al caporal
Le grand Lustucru
Cast: Singing roles -- Marie (soprano), Mamouille (high baritone), Soledad (mezzo-soprano), Mercédès (mezzo-soprano), Staub (baritone), one African-American tenor, chorus.
Speaking roles -- Josiah, Letuvier, Pastolle, Vigouroux, Crawbett, Tsamatsui, Poldine, Tapia, Gloria, Massoubre, Plauen.
Orchestra: alto sax (fl, cl); alto sax (cl); ten. sax (alto sax); 2 tpt, 1 tbn; piano, accordion, guitar (banjo), perc; 2 vn, viola, bass.
Duration: full evening, 35 minutes music
Published Editions: piano-vocal selections, Heugel Edition 30 911
Performance Rights and Rentals: USA, UK, BREV: EAMC
All other territories: HEUG
First Production: December 22, 1934, Paris, Théâtre de Paris, H. Henriot, dir., Edmond Mahieux, cond.
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