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or A Modern Cinderella

A Musical Fantasy in 3 Acts, 5 Scenes. Book by Anne Caldwell and Lawrence McCarty. Music by Victor Herbert. Lyrics by James O'Dea.

Globe Theatre, New York - Opened 28 October, 1912; closed 17 May 1913 (232 perfs.)


  • The Crown Prince Maximilian
  • Prince Ulrich, his brother
  • Captain Ladislaw, aide-de-camp to Maximilian
  • Baron von Nix, Cinderella's father
  • Atzel, the Baron's butler
  • Mouser, the Baron's cat
  • Albrecht, a shoemaker
  • Louis, his assistant
  • Joseph, a milliner
  • Matthias, a furrier
  • Punks, Spooks, from the Cornfield
  • Cinderella
  • Romneya
  • Dollbabia, Freakette, Cinderella's step-sisters
  • The Fairy Godmothe
  • Valerie, maid at the Baron's
  • Sophia, Albrecht's wife
  • Irma, Joseph's wife
  • Clara, Louis' wife
  • Ludovica, Matthias' wife
  • Maida
  • Gretchen
  • Premiere danseuse

Musical Numbers (from the programme)

  1. (Opening) Chorus - Tradesmen, their wives and Assistants
  2. Fond of the Ladies - Atzel, Sophia, Irma, Clara, Ludovica, Maida, Gretchen, Chorus
  3. Meow! Meow! Meow! - Cinderella, Mouser
  4. Love Me Like a Real, Real Man - Cinderella, Punks, Spooks
  5. All Hallowe'en - Cinderella, Kiddies
  6. Witch Ballet - Dancing Girls
  7. At the Bal Masque, introducing the French Quadrille - Dancing Girls
  8. Princess of Far Away - Cinderella, Maximilian, Chorus
  9. Them Was the Childhood Days - Punks, Spooks
  10. Youth (Ballet) - Premiere danseuse, Corps de Ballet
  11. Bagdad (Lyrics by Anne Caldwell.) - Punks, Chorus
  12. (A) Little Girl at Home - Maximilian, Cinderella
  13. Punch Bowl Glide - Spooks
  14. The Drums of the Nations - Presenting the drums of the Crown Prince, the Drums of Leipzic, of Napoleon, of Britain, of North America, of Young America and of Dixie.
  15. Harlequinade
    • Harlequinade: Punks, Spooks. Harlequin: Maida. Columbine: Clara. Cat: Mouser. Policemen
  16. The Lady of the Slipper (March) - Captain Ladislaw, Chorus
  17. Cinderella's Dream - Cinderella
  18. Put Your Best Foot Forward, Little Girl - Maximilian, Court Ladies, Pages
  19. Finale (And They Lived Happily Ever Afterwards)

From the score

ACT I - Scene 1 - Kitchen in the Castle of Baron von Nix.

  1. Overture
  2. Opening Chorus of Tradesmen, their Wives and Assistants - "We are waiting for the Baron, to treat with him while decking out his 'fairs!' ..."
  3. Song - Atzel - "I'm a whimsical sort of chap, reared in luxury's ample lap. Seldom ever I give a rap for what goes on about me..."
  4. Romneya Music
  5. Duet - Cindy and Mouser - "Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, thus runneth the ancient rhyme ... Meeow, meeow, meeow! Meeow, meeow! ..."
  6. Trio - Cindy, Punks and Spooks - "The man who's never been in love excites my sympathy ... Then o'er us make a fuss ... For that's the case with us ..."
  7. Duet - Punks & Spooks - "A garden party we attended not so long ago; a friendly Onion's strong appeal decoyed us to the show. It was the coming out..."
  8. Duo - Cindy, Baron and Chorus - "I know a day in the year can beat all other days for fun ... I think I'm on to the day that you mean, October thirty-one! ..."

ACT I - Scene 2 - On the way to the Palace.

  1. Witches' Ballet
  2. Finale Act I - The Ride to the Castle

ACT II - Ballroom in the Palace of Prince Maximilian.

  1. Opening Chorus - "Oh, the bal masqué is a place they say that will addle and muddle one's senses, for it's there you'll meet the rash and discreet..."
  2. Entrance of Cinderella - "A Princess quite unknown, in golden chariot but now has entered through the Palace gate; Then give to her, I pray, in voices..."
  3. Duet - Punks and Spooks - "I loved a little girl; we loved no other; some day she'll be a happy bride and groom. Her parents are her father and her mother
  4. Ballet Suite
  5. Song - Punks and Chorus - "Bagdad is a town in Turkey. On a camel tall and jerky you can journey there and see just how great it used to be..."
  6. Song - (singer not specified) - "I don't know why it is-ski, I can't explain-ovich why ev'rything that's Russian gets to me; I've got a Russian sable..."
  7. Duo - Cindy and Prince - "A little girl at home I'd like to have, I would, I swear ... A little girl at home? What do you mean? ..."
  8. Punch Bowl Glide
  9. Finale Act II - (Drums of all Nations) - "Her name, good friends, I know not; her name I cannot say. A radiant dream she came to me..."

ACT III - Scene 1 - The Baron's Kitchen.

  1. Entre'Acte
  2. Harlequinade
  3. Opening Chorus - "Baron von Nix, Baron von Nix, soon with the suite of the Prince you can mix; Beat of the Drum tells us they come..."

ACT III - Scene 2 - Throne room of the Prince's Palace.

  1. Chorus of Girls - "This is not in any way a next-to-nature exposé, nor should you class it as a picture show. Rather, let us here confess..."


Scenes and Settings

Time: Once Upon a Time—

Act 1:

Act 2:

Act 3: