The Chocolate Soldier

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

Studio Cast (1941)
Nelson Eddy, Risë Stevens
Studio Cast (1949)
Ann Ayars, Jimmy Carroll, Charles Fredericks, John Percival
Studio Cast (1958)
Risë Stevens, Robert Merrill, Jo Sullivan, Peter Palmer, Sadie McCollum
Studio Cast (1962)
Jean Allister, John Hauxvell, William Lewis, Jeanette Scovotti, Rita Williams
Studio Cast (1963)
Barbara Elsy, Laurie Payne, Pauline Stevens, Stephanie Voss

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

Based on the play Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw


Lieutenant Bummerli, a Swiss mercenary in the Serbian army, takes refuge from his Bulgarian enemies in the house of a Bulgarian general (in the daughter's bedroom actually), he sets hearts a-flutter, almost compromises three ladies and then ruins the daughter's wedding to a Bulgarian soldier-hero by being recognized as the fugitive! This is just as well because he and Nadina, the daughter, were destined for each other anyway.

Trivia & History

MGM wanted to make a film version of The Chocolate Soldier in 1940 but Shaw refused to allow it. Therefore, they bought the rights to Oscar Straus's music and used the plot from Ferenc Molnár's play TestÅ?r. The film came out in 1940, retaining the title but with no other relation to the stage show. Therefore it is not included in this site.

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Alternate Titles

  • Arms and the Man (source material)

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