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Cover to the Vocal Score

Music by Rudolf Friml: Book & Lyrics by Otto Harbach
44th Street Theatre 23 December 1915 (220 perfs)
First produced at the Park Theatre, Morristown, NJ 2 December, 1915
Shaftesbury Theatre, London - 30 August, 1923 (108 perfs)


Out of a sense of duty Katinka has married Boris Strogoff, the Russian ambassador to Austria. Her real love is Ivan Dimitri, an attaché. Ivan's American friend, Thaddeus Hopper helps Katinka escape and hides her in his house. When Mrs Hopper becomes suspicious and angry, Hopper pays Arif Bey to conceal Katinka in his harem. By error, Mrs Hopper is placed in the harem. At a Viennese café the principals are all gathered. When a lady named Olga announces she is Boris' lawful wife, a happy ending follows.


Act 1

The play opens in Yalta at a villa on the Black Sea. Reluctantly following her mother's wishes, Katinka marries Boris Strogoff, the Russian Ambassador to Austria, although she is really in love with his attaché, Ivan Dimitri, and he with her. After the wedding, Thaddeus Hopper, a wealthy American and Ivan's friend, helps her escape to Turkey.

Act 2

Ivan and Boris Strogoff's servant Petrov arrive in Istanbul hoping to find Strogoff's first wife Olga, who chose to live in a harem rather than remain married to him. If she is found, Strogoff's marriage to Katinka can be annulled on grounds of bigamy, leaving her free to marry Ivan. Katinka and Thaddeus Hopper are also in the city, where she is staying in Hopper's rooms. The arrival of Hopper's wife, Helen, causes complications when she becomes suspicious of the arrangements. Hopper has arranged for Katinka to be hidden in the harem of Izzet Pasha, but Arif Bey, Pasha's warden, mistakenly carries Mrs. Hopper off to the harem instead of Katinka. Meanwhile, Herr Knopf is planning to open the Café-Turkois-in-Vienna and has come to Istanbul looking for women to work there. Helen is amongst those he takes back to Vienna.

Act 3

The main characters are all in Vienna where they have assembled at Herr Knopf's café. Olga, who had been living in Izzet Pasha's harem under the name of "Nashan", reveals her true identity. The Hoppers are reconciled, and Katinka and Ivan are reunited.

Musical Numbers

Act I

  1. Vienna Girls - Ivan and Chorus
  2. The Bride - Boris, Katinka, Tatiana and chorus
  3. One Who Will Understand - Katinka and chorus
  4. Katinka - male quartet
  5. In A Hurry - Thaddeus Hopper and chorus
  6. 'Tis the End - Ivan and Katinka
  7. Russian Dance

 Act II

  1. Charms Are Fairest When Hidden - Olga and chorus
  2. Your Photo - Mrs Hopper and boys
  3. Allah's Holiday - Olga and chorus
  4. The Weekly Wedding - Mr and Mrs Hopper
  5. I Want All the World To Know - Ivan
  6. Circassian Dance
  7. Rackety-Coo! - Katinka and chorus 


  1. My Paradise - Ivan
  2. Ballet Divertissement
  3. Mignonette - Russian Dance
  4. I Want To Marry A Male Quartet - Mrs Hopper and boys
  5. Skidikiscatch - Hopper, Katinka, Ivan, Knopf, Arif and Olga
  6. I Can Tell By The Way That You Dance, Dear - Mrs Hopper and girls


Varenka - Katinka's maid
Petrov - an old servant to Boris
Boris Strogoff - Russian Ambassador to Austria
Katinka - his bride
Tatiana - Katinka's mother
Ivan Dimitri - (Katinka's sweetheart), an attaché to the Russian Ambassador
Thaddeus Hopper - a wealthy American
Halif - a Circassian slave-trader
Knopf - manager Café-Turkois-in-Vienna
Abdul - a harem assistant
Arif Bey - warden of Izzet Pasha's harem
Olga (Nashan) - first wife to Boris
Mrs Helen Hopper - Thaddeus Hopper's wife
M. Pierre - porter at the Hôtel Riche, Constantinople

Guests, travellers, visitors, Austrian and Russian officers, Vienna dancers, American and Turkish girls, bridesmaids, flower-girls, slave-girls, barmaids, serving-maids, flunkies, waiters, etc., etc.