Bravo, Caruso!

by  William Luce

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m

"An exciting, funny, bittersweet play...Eloquent...[and] engaging." - Variety

The author of The Belle of Amherst, The Last Flapper, Bronte, and Lucifer's Child takes you backstage at the Metropolitan opera, Christmas 1920, to meet the greatest tenor in history. You become a reporter conducting an interview i…

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Bravo, Caruso!

by  William Luce

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday, Biography
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

The author of The Belle of Amherst, The Last Flapper, Bronte, and Lucifer's Child takes you backstage at the Metropolitan opera, Christmas 1920, to meet the greatest tenor in history. You become a reporter conducting an interview in Enrico Caruso's dressing room as his valet Mario helps him prepare for a performance which, unknown to both men, will be his last.
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Reviews

"An exciting, funny, bittersweet play...Eloquent...[and] engaging. " - Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Setting: Caruso's dressing room in the Metropolitan Opera House. Christmas Eve, 1920.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m
ENRICO CARUSO - the great tenor about to play his final performance, carries a cane, speaks in a charming broken English
MARIO FANTINI - his dresser, short, slim, dark, bustling and efficient manner, a whimsical and chaplinesque figure.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

William Luce

William Luce wrote his Broadway and London success The Belle of Amherst for Julie Harris, who won her fifth Tony Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson. For American soprano Renée Fleming, Luce wrote My Business Is To Love, which Fleming premiered in Lincoln Cente ...

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Bravo, Caruso! was first presented at The Cleveland Playhouse in January, 1991. It was directed by Peter Mark Schifter.

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