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The Chocolate Soldier

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Genre: Operetta

Score

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Original score

Added to the 1941 studio cast album

Cut at some point during the run

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Authors

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Book & Lyrics
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Music
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Source Material

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Book & Lyrics (English)
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Additional Lyrics
Genre: Operetta

Source

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

Synopsis

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

George Bernard Shaw, author of the source play, only gave permission to the adapt it on three conditions: none of his dialogue nor character names were used, the show was advertised as a parody, and he would receive no monetary compensation.

The plot and central message of the play remained untouched.

Shaw, however, was outraged over the way his play was treated and voiced his opinion loudly calling it "a putrid opera bouffe in the worst taste of 1860". He forbade and other musical adaptations of his plays as long as he was alive.

Other Titles

  • Arms and the Man (source material)

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