Carmen Jones Musical Score Collection.

"You go for me and I’m taboo, But if you’re hard to get, I’ll go for you And if I do, then you are through, Oh, my baby, that’s the end of you": Collection of three musical scores from George Bizet and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones Musical Score Collection.

BIZET, George and Oscar Hammerstein II.


Item Number: 138564

New York: Williamson Music, Inc., 1943.

Collection of three musical scores from Bizet and Hammerstein’s popular musical. Quarto, three volumes, original illustrated wrappers. The collection includes piano scores for Stan’ Up An’ Fight, Dat’s Love, and My Joe. In very good to near fine condition.

Carmen Jones is a 1943 Broadway musical with music by Georges Bizet (orchestrated for Broadway by Robert Russell Bennett) and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II which was performed at The Broadway Theatre. Conceptually, it is Bizet's opera Carmen updated to a World War II-era African-American setting. Bizet's opera was, in turn, based on the 1846 novella by Prosper Mérimée. The Broadway musical was produced by Billy Rose, using an all-black cast, and directed by Hassard Short. Robert Shaw prepared the choral portions of the show.The original Broadway production starred Muriel Smith (alternating with Muriel Rahn) in the title role. The original Broadway cast members were nearly all new to the stage; Kennedy and Muir write that on the first day of rehearsal only one member had ever been on a stage before. The 1954 film was adapted by Hammerstein and Harry Kleiner. It was directed by Otto Preminger and starred Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. In 1992, Carmen Jones was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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