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Viktor Léon (libretto) &
Leo Stein (libretto) ...
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Original Air Date:
25 December 2002 (Season 31, Episode 6)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Yvonne Kenny ... Anna Glawari
Bo Skovhus ... Count Danilo Danilovitch
Angelika Kirchschlager ... Valencienne
Curtis Sullivan ... Vicomte Cascada
Bob Amaral ... Kromow

Jayne Taini ... Praskowia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jodi Allen ... Frou-Frou
Jonathan Boyd ... Raoul de St. Brioche
Marnie Breckenridge ... Olga
Elijah Chester ... Njegus (as Kenn Chester)
Jim Croom ... Sugar Daddy
Cynthia Drayer ... Lolo
John Gardner ... Solo Dancer
Anne Greene ... Dodo
Carlo Hartmann ... Barin Mirko Zeta
Nora Heiber ... Margot
Matt Logan ... Maitre d'hotel

Janice Lynde ... Zozo
Colleen McGrath ... Sylviane
Amanda McKerrow ... Solo Dancers
Virginia Pluth ... A Lady guest
Juliann Rhodes ... Clo-Clo
Debra Rose ... Jou-Jou
Debra Rose ... Jou-Jou
William Saetre ... Pritschitch
Claudia Siefer ... Sugar Mama

Peter Strummer ... Bogdanovitch
Gregory Turay ... Camille de Rosillon

Episode Crew
Directed by
Christine Clark Bradley 
Gary Halvorson 
Writing credits
Viktor Léon (libretto) &
Leo Stein (libretto)

Henri Meilhac (play "L'attaché d'Ambassade")

Wendy Wasserstein  libretto translation

Produced by
Judy Flannery .... producer
Anna Glawari .... executive producer
David Horn .... executive producer
Yvonne Kenny .... executive producer
Danny McGuire .... executive producer
Mitch Owgang .... line producer
Hans Petri .... executive producer
Linda Schaller .... associate producer
Noelle Serper .... associate producer
Jac Venza .... executive producer
John Walker .... producer
Hazel Wright .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Steve Prime 
Noel Rogers 
Production Design by
Michael Yeargan 
Costume Design by
Thierry Bosquet 
Production Management
Frank Carfi .... production manager
Jolee Hoyt .... unit manager
Art Department
John Gammon .... electronic graphics
B.T. Whitehill .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Tom Adams .... sound engineer
Ted Barela .... sound engineer
Charles Bouis .... sound engineer
Ian Charbonneau .... sound engineer
Ken Hahn .... post-production sound
Ken Hahn .... re-recording mixer
Derek Hirsch .... sound
Michael Levy .... sound
Gus Pollek .... sound
Helen Silvani .... sound engineer
Lisa Woodward .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Adelman .... lighting consultant
Dan Anderson .... camera operator
Ken Dahlquist .... camera operator
Ray Gonzales .... camera operator
Robert Hill .... lighting supervisor
Guy Jones .... video operator
Steve Kotton .... camera operator
Steve Lahey .... video tape operator
Chris Maravich .... lighting assist
Rick Santangelo .... video tape operator
Tim Schaller .... camera operator
Eric Shackelford .... video operator
Jerry Slick .... camera operator
Jennifer Tipton .... lighting designer
Editorial Department
Scott Lozea .... on-line editor
Music Department
John Churchwell .... music preparation
Kip Cranna .... music administrator
Adelle Eslinger .... music preparation
Svetlana Gorzhevskaya .... music preparation
Bryndon Hassman .... music preparation
Frederic Knell .... music preparation
Erich Kunzel .... conductor
Franz Lehár .... music by: "Die lustige Witwe"
Donald Runnicles .... musical director
Other crew
Egan Brunley .... production assistant
Josemaria Condemi .... assistant stage director
Kathleen Edwards .... assistant stage director
Kate Gaitley .... administrator
Theresa Ganley .... stage manager
Thomas J. Gulick .... development director
Jacques Hartley .... utilities: video
Rachel Henneberry .... assistant stage director
Drew Kelsey .... engineer in charge
Kerry King .... business director
Joshua Lashem .... utilities: video
Lotfi Mansouri .... stage director: original production
Patrick Markle .... technical director
Brenda Nuckton .... assistant stage director
Leon Parsons .... utilities: video
Lawrence Pech .... choreographer
Fred Perry .... crew chief
Peter Planas .... technical director
Kimberly Pross .... assistant stage director
Leslie Provenzano .... production assistant
Pamela Rosenberg .... general director
Dan Schteingart .... production assistant
Brad Trexell .... artistic administrator
Eloise Twining .... utilities: video
Catherine Wiley .... production assistant
Robert Wood .... prompter

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Sparkles like bubbles on top of a champagne glass, 19 August 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Die Lustige Witwe(or The Merry Widow) is one of the greatest operettas ever, funny, charming and with gorgeous music. This 2001 San Francisco production, sung in English, is an absolute delight, very like the Zurich performance and the 1934 film. Visually, it is simply gorgeous with the ball-gowns worn by the ladies lush, the men looking dapper in their suits and the settings as opulent as you'd expect. The staging is simple, but not overly-so, and light-hearted in tone, making the comedic moments for example subtle and funny all at once. The playful and somewhat hostile chemistry between Anna and Danillo is convincing and beautifully played. The third act ballet is elaborate in its choreography, and very charmingly danced as well as technically accomplished. The video directing is expertly, sympathetic to the singers and stage direction and never irritating or obtrusive. The camera shots don't look static or too much of one technique.

The production is even better on a musical level. The orchestral playing as you'd expect with Lehar's score is stylish in a way that makes your heart dance, and the more waltz like parts are played with real lushness that you are swept away really to a different world. The conducting is efficient and never too broad or plodding. The chorus are well balanced vocally and are thankfully not static on stage. The principal singing is faultless. Yvonne Kenny looks glamorous and sings absolutely beautifully as Anna. Her playfulness and hostility is a big part of why the chemistry between her and Bo Skovhus is as convincing as it is. Skovhus displays a tall, handsome presence and a warm, ringing voice, and he also proves that he can portray Danillo as a convincing romantic lover and with a gift for comedy. Angelika Kirchschlager is bewitching both in looks and voice. A strikingly beautiful woman with a rich and sensitive when needed voice, her Valencienne is appealingly flirtatious and instantly likable. Elijah Chester's additional rendition of Quite Parisian is enough to bring the house down.

All in all, a wonderful sparkling performance. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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