See America First


A Comic Opera in Two Acts
Book, Music and Lyrics by T. Lawrason Riggs and Cole Porter

Tryouts began February 22, 1916 at the Van Curler Opera House, Schenectady
February 24, 1916 at Harmanus Bleecker Hall, Albany
February 28, 1916 at the Lyceum Theatre, Rochester
March 22, 1916 at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven
March 23, 1916 at the Grand Opera House, Providence

Opened March 28, 1916 at the Maxine Elliott Theatre, NYC
Ran for 15 performances
Produced by Miss Elisabeth Marbury
Staged by Benrimo
Choregraphy by Edward Hutchinson, Theodore Kosloff
Costumes by Homer Conant, Melville Ellis
Set Design by Frank Gates, E. A. Morange
Musical Direction by Clarence West


Synopsis

Wealthy East Coast Senator Huggins sends his daughter Polly out west to a "back-to-nature" finishing school in hope that she'll find a "real man" for a husband.  Polly, however, has designs on a Duke with whom she once exchanged glances at the opera in London.  The Duke turns up on the western scene disguised as a cowboy, and after a few musical numbers, he and Polly decide to get hitched.  Happily, Polly's father forgoes his rigid doctrines when he falls in love with Sarah, the provincial chaperone at Polly's school.


Cast

Felix Adler, Dorothie Bigelow, Betty Brewster, Lloyd Carpenter, Jeanne Cartier, Henry Red Eagle, Sam Edwards, John Heath Goldsworthy, Leo Gordon, Algernon Grieg, Roma June, Gypsy O'Brien, Clara Palmer, and Clifton Webb


See America First [sheet music]

Musical Numbers in the New York Production

    Act One

  • Overture
  • "Dawn Music" [instrumental]
  • "Indian Girls Chant" [instrumental]
  • "Badmen"
  • "To Follow Every Fancy"
  • "Indian Maidens Chorus"
  • "Something's Got to Be Done"
  • "I've Got an Awful Lot to Learn"
  • "Beautiful, Primitive Indian Girls"
  • "Hold-Up Ensemble"
  • "See America First"
  • "The Language of Flowers" [from Paranoia]
  • "Damsel, Damsel" [revision of "Won't You Come Crusading With Me" from Paranoia]
  • "The Lady I've Vowed to Wed"
  • "Finale (Hail the Primitive Relative)"
  • Act Two

  • "Mirror, Mirror"
  • "Ever and Ever Yours"
  • "Lima" [added just prior to the New York opening]
  • "Will You Love Me When My Flivver is a Wreck?" [may not be a Cole Porter song]
  • "Woodland Dance" [instrumental]
  • "Buy Her a Box at the Opera" [added just prior to the New York opening]
  • "I've a Shooting Box in Scotland" [from Paranoia; revised lyrics]
  • "When I Used to Lead the Ballet" [from The Pot of Gold]
  • "Finale, Act 2"


I've a Shooting Box in Scotland [sheet music]

Musical Numbers [The Original Sequence]

    Act One

  • "Badmen"
  • "Younger Sons of Peers" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Greetings, Gentlemen" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "To Follow Every Fancy"
  • "See America First"
  • "Well, It's Good to Be Here Again" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Hold-Up Ensemble"
  • "The Language of Flowers" [from Paranoia]
  • "Entrance of Indian Maids"
  • "If In Spite of Our Attempts" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "The Social Coach of All the Fashionable Future Debutantes"
  • "Something's Got to Be Done"
  • "Pity Me, Please" [dropped before the New York opening; replaced by "I've Got an Awful Lot to Learn"]
  • "Dinner" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Hail, Ye Indian Maidens"
  • "Fascinating Females" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Beautiful, Primitive Indian Girls"
  • "The Lady I've Vowed to Wed"
  • "Damsel, Damsel" [revision of "Won't You Come Crusading With Me" from Paranoia]
  • "Finale, Act 1"
  • Act Two

  • Entr'acte
  • "Mirror, Mirror"
  • "Oh, Bright, Fair Dream" [replaced before the New York opening by "Ever and Ever Yours"]
  • "Lady Fair, Lady Fair" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Love Came and Crown Me" [revision of "Idyll" from Paranoia; dropped before the New York opening]
  • "When a Body's in Love" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Revelation Ensemble" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "Slow Sinks the Sun" [from Paranoia; dropped before the New York opening]
  • "I've a Shooting-Box in Scotland" [from Paranoia; revised lyrics]
  • "Step We Grandly" [dropped before the New York opening; replaced by "Buy Her a Box at the Opera" ]
  • "Sweet Simplicity" [dropped before the New York opening]
  • "When I Used to Lead the Ballet" [from The Pot of Gold]
  • "Finale, Act 2"


Cut Songs

  • "Serenade"
  • "Bichloride of Mercury"
  • "Wake, Love, Wake"


Original Cast Recordings

"I've a Shooting-Box in Scotland" - Joseph C. Smith and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1916 [Victor 18165]


Contemporaneous Recordings

"I've a Shooting Box in Scotland" - Prince's Band / Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1917 [Columbia A-5960]



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