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A Play with Music in 4 Acts. Book and lyrics by Rida Johnson Young. (Based on the libretto to the German musical comedy "Wei einst im Mai", libretto by Rudolf Bernauer and Rudolf Schanzer. Music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider.) Music by Sigmund Romberg.

Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York. Opened 16th August, 1917; transferred to the 44th Street Theatre 18th February, 1918; transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre 1st April, 1918; transferred to the Lyric Theatre 5th August, 1918; transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre 9th September, 1918; closed 19th October, 1918 (total 492 perfs)

Revised version by Julie Wright and Steven Gaigle - Ohio Light Opera - 2005


The beautiful Ottilie, daughter of a wealthy colonel loves Dick, the foreman's son, but is forced by her family to marry her own wastrel cousin. Dick goes off, makes good but returns to find his beloved unattainable and, on impulse, marries another girl. Many years pass; both are now single again. Dick saves Ottilie from bankruptcy by purchasing her home before she can be evicted. Still more time passes an the couple's grandchildren meet and finally find the happiness together that eluded their grandparents.

Musical Numbers

(Original Version)


  1. Opening Ensemble - Apprentices
  2. In Our Little Home, Sweet Home - Ottillie, Richard Wayne
  3. It's a Windy Day at the Battery- Matthew van Zandt, Alice Tremaine, Girls
  4. Gypsy Song - Rudolfo
  5. Will You Remember (Sweet heart)? - Ottillie, Richard Wayne


  1. Opening Mazurka - Chorus
  2. Jump Jim Crow - Matthew van Zandt, Chorus
  3. The Road to Paradise - Ottillie, Matthew van Zandt
  4. Spanish Dance - Estrella Amorita
  5. Will You Remember (Sweetheart)? (reprise) - Signor Vivalla


  1. Auction Chorus (Odd Lots, Job Lots) (Opening) - Ensemble
  2. Reminiscence - Little Dick Wayne aged 5


  1. Selling Gowns (Lyrics by Cyrus Wood.) - Ottillie, Girls
  2. Dancing Will Keep You Young (Lyrics by Cyrus Wood.) - Ermintrude d'Albert, Matthew van Zandt
  3. Only One Girl for Me - Dicky Wayne, Girls
  4. Will You Remember (Sweetheart)? (reprise) - Ottillie, Dicky Wayne

2005 Revised Version - now 3 Acts

Act I

  1. Overture - Orchestra
  2. Opening - Tap, Fellows, Tap - Van Zandt Factory Workers
  3. Dialogue: Might I have a word?
  4. Duet: In Our Little Home - Richard, Ottillie
  5. Dialogue: On every birthday
  6. Song: It's a Windy Day - Matthew and Girls
  7. Dialogue: Thunderation and damnation
  8. Gypsy Song: Do You Hear? - Rodolfo, with Maria
  9. Scene: Now to read the future
  10. Duet: Will You Rermember? - Ottilie, Richard
  11. Finale Act I: What's this? - Claude, Richard, Ottile, Colonel
  12. Entr'acte / Mazurka

Act II

  1. Dialogue: Good evening
  2. The Do-Si-Do - Matthew
  3. Dialogue: Oh, Ottilie
  4. Scene underscored: You remember?
  5. Duet: The Road to Paradise - Ottilie, Richard
  6. Dialogue/Finale Act II: I'll give you my I.O.U.s


  1. Chorus: Old Things - Townspeople
  2. Dialogue: Mr. dear Mr. Van Zandt
  3. Auction Scene: Madam, Madam
  4. Interlude
  5. Who's this Mlle Brown? - Ottilie and girls
  6. Dialogue: No, no, my dears
  7. Duet: Dancing Will Keep You Young - Ermintrude, Matthew
  8. Dialogue: Mr. Van Zandt?
  9. Song: Go Away, Girls - Dick
  10. Scene: Oh, Miss Brown, don't go
  11. Final Scene: Stop! Stop!


Scenes and Settings

(Original Version)

  • Act 1: The Van Zandt Home in Washington Square, New York City. 1840.
  • Act 2: Mme. Delphine's Night Club. 1855.
  • Act 3: Back Parlor of the Van Zandt House in Washington Square. In the 1880s.
  • Act 4: Same location as Act 3, now Mlle. Brown's Dressmaking Establishment. Twentieth Century.