1950 - 1951
The Merry Widow
Sonia is a pretty young widow residing in Paris in the early 20th century. She is heiress to twenty million francs and looking for a new husband. Popoff, the Marsovian Ambassador of her native state, has received instructions from his Royal Master that Sonia must marry one of her own countrymen so that her inheritance remains in Marsovia. Popoff has selected Prince Danilo, the Embassy attaché, to be her husband. But the Prince, a former lover of Sonia, now prefers to spend his time at Maxim’s with Zo-Zo, Lo-Lo, Do-Do and their friends and is not interested in Sonia’s wealth.
Natalie, Ambassador Popoff’s wife, has been having an affair with Vicomte Camille de Jolidon. At Sonia’s garden party, as the Ambassador is about to discover his wife’s infidelity, Sonia rescues Natalie from this difficult situation. Danilo, thinking that Sonia wishes to become engaged to Camille, realizes that he may once again be in love with Sonia; disappointed, he leaves for Maxim’s.
Sonia follows Danilo to the Café Maxim, where Baron Popoff in desperation endeavours to win her for himself if he is losing Natalie to Camille. Prince Danilo successfully eliminates his rivals and is finally free to marry Sonia. Even though she will lose her fortune on marriage, it will, she soon discovers, go to her husband.
Producer (Director): Joseph E. Webb
Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey
Choreographer: Nesta Toumine