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"An American Jazz Opera" inspired by Gilbert Seldes
Music by Richard Rodgers and libretto by Lorenz Hart.
Introduced by Edward Hogan, Betty Starbuck, Romney Brent, June Cochrane, Willard Tobias, Lee Strasbers Starr Jones, Felix Jacoves, Frances Hyde, and ensemble.
[Morning. The lovers are asleep on counters, covered by counter cloths and unseen by the audience. Torn sticks out his head and yawns and goes back to sleep. Mary does likewise. The bustle of the workers entering is heard and their singing begins softly ] [Offstage] WORKERS: We'll be late, it's such a worry! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! We've no time to take a local. Taxi! Taxi! Taxi! Taxi! [Two clerks come in and remove their coats. They start to remove the counter cloths. Before they disclose the lovers Price comes in and looks around. Next he sees the lovers asleep] PRICE: What's this! Torn Jones! Here, wake up! Come down! [Tom starts down and yawns. Mary echoes his yawn, and Price turns on her] And Mary Brown! What does this mean? Come down! [She does so ] MARY: Oh! TOM: Oh! PRICE: Oh-oh-oh-oh! That doesn't mean a thing, you know! Asleep-and here! Together! You'll kindly tell me whether You think this store is a temple of Venus! TOM: Oh, sir, there's nothing wrong between us. How could we know that anyone had seen us? PRICE: It's too outrageous to be true! A fatal sin! What you did does not matter. It's all the same. It is a shame! [During the last few speeches the commotion has at- tracted the salespeople of the store, who return They gather around Mr. Price, Tom and Mary and during the last few lines of his speech, they sway to the jazz rhythm of the music that accompanies them ] I cannot tell just what your vice is, But such mistakes won't do at Price's. For Price's name and high position, Like Caesar's wife, must be above suspicion! You're fired! TOM: We fire ourselves! All the world I'd love to tell That we are in love. And you can go straight to Hell For we are in love! MARY & TOM: We'll be too busy holding hands today To spend our time in making Price's pay. [Stella has entered and now goes to Mary ] STELLA: Goodbye, Mary. Got a date? MARY: Why, yes. Why, yes! STELLA: Well, I'll help you with your wedding dress. ALL: Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! They' re gonna get married today! [Tom and Mary start to go ] You get so tired-tired of working Once in a while. [ They exit, and Price composes himself] PRICE: These sinners dim the light of beauty, And to forget them is our duty. So fill the cup with joy up to the brim And start the morning with our loving hymn. ALL: Onward! Onward! Follow your duty! . Onward! Onward! Joyfully bold! In the loyal army of beauty Smile away and do as you're told! Follow! Follow duty delightful! Follow! Follow labor today! Pack each minute so tight full, right full! Smile gaily as you pray! . AMEN! [This song has been sung in a sarcastic and insurgent manner. As one of the salesmen on Price 's command has encouraged them to strike, they all move toward Price threateningly as they sing it and Price is crowded into a corner stage right, and is thrown over, as the curtain falls and the last strains of their song are heard] [The curtain falls ]