O Marry Me!

(1961)

by Robert Kessler

Description
musical show
Genres
Musicals
Text
Music by Robert Kessler. Libretto and Lyrics by Lola Pergament, based on Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer”
Instrumentation
fl(=cl) - pno - vlc
First Performance
17.10.1961, Gate Theatre, New York
Availability
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) by Faber Music Ltd
 
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The Story
(Late 18th century England)
Marlow is a bashful young man who only feels easy with serving girls and barmaids.  He therefore sets outwith reluctance to win the hand of Miss Kate Hardcastle, a young lady of quality.  He is tricked by the
mischievous Tony Lumpkin into believing that the home of Kate’s father is a village inn and goes there
accompanied by his friend Hastings.  Marlow treats the enraged Mr Hardcastle as if he were an impudent landlord.  Kate takes advantage of the situation by posing first as a barmaid and then as a poor relative, thus ‘conquering’ young Marlow.  Constance Neville, who is Kate’s friend and cousin, falls in love with Hastings.  This does not please Mrs Hardcastle who dotes on her oafish Tony, her son by a previous marriage.  She had intended a match for him with Constance.  The mistakes of the evening unravel with the arrival of Marlow’s father.  Mr Hardcastle forgives young Marlow and all ends happily.  
 
Principal Characters (plus Chorus)
Miss Kate Hardcastle
Young Marlow
Miss Constance Neville
Hastings
Mrs Hardcastle
Squire Hardcastle
Tony Lumpkin
 
Principal Musical Numbers
The Kind of Man (Kate)
Be A Lover (Hastings, Marlow)
Fashions (Mrs Hardcastle, Hastings) 
Perish The Baubles (Hastings)
The Braggart (Marlow, Kate)
My Proper Due (Tony)
Betrayed (Ensemble)
O Marry Me (Kate)
I Love Everything That’s Old (Mr Hardcastle)

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