Lisbon Story

(1943)

by Harry Parr-Davies

Description
musical show
Genres
Musicals
Text
Music by Harry Parr Davies. Libretto and Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Instrumentation
1121 - 2210 - perc(1) - harp - 2 vln I.1 vln II.1 vla.1 vlc.1 db
First Performance
17.6.1943, London Hippodrome, London, UK
Availability
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Faber Music Ltd worldwide (excluding North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
 
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The Story
(Lisbon and Paris 1939 – 43)
In this exciting story of Second World War espionage, Parisian singing star Gabrielle Girard is parted from the man she loves.  He is David Warren of the British Foreign Office who has been posted to Washington.  By chance they meet again in Lisbon, a neutral centre of wartime intrigue.  Here David and co-agent Mike O’Rourke are caring for Lisette Sargon, whose scientist father is expected to be smuggled from France with important secrets for the allies.  Unfortunately, he is captured and imprisoned by the Nazis in France.  Von Schriner is a Nazi Cultural representative whose job it is to persuade exiled and distinguished artists to return home and resume their careers.  Gabrielle declines his professional and romantic overtures until he agrees to let her  choose the people she wants to appear with and to run her theatre in Paris.  She is then able to get Sargon released from a concentration camp and to reunite him with Lisette.  When Von Schriner discovers the scientist’s identity he threatens to disclose all he knows unless Gabrielle becomes his mistress.  There follows an attempt by David and Mike to smuggle Gabrielle, Sargon and Lisette to London after opening of the musical “La Comtesse” in which Gabrielle and Lisette are appearing.  In order to create a diversion Gabrielle impersonates Lisette and rouses the audience with a patriotic speech.  To the sounds of The Marseilleise, revolver shots, and British bombs, the curtain comes down.  Gabrielle has enabled Lisette and her father to escape but only at the cost of her own life. 
 
Principal Characters (plus Chorus)
Gabrielle
Ramon
David
Lisette
Gonzales
Von Schriner
Carmelita
 
Principal Musical Numbers 
Some Day We Shall Meet Again (Gabrielle)
Never Say Goodbye (Gonzales, Gabrielle)
Pedro The Fisherman (Fishermen, Girls)
Serenade For Sale (Ramon)
April In The Spring Love (Lisette)
 

 

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