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Robert and Elizabeth is a theater musical. It has music by Ron Grainer and lyrics and book by Ronald Millar. The story was based on an unproduced musical titled The Third Kiss by Judge Fred G. Moritt, which in turn was adapted from the play The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Rudolph Besier. It is an operetta style musical which tells the story of the romance and elopement of poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett.The successful London production starred June Bronhill as Elisabeth Barrett, Sir John Clements as Edward Moulton-Barrett and Keith Michell as Robert Browning.

Songs

  • "Escape Me Never" (lyric adapted from Browning)
  • "The Family Moulton-Barrett"
  • "Frustration"
  • "The Girls That Boys Dream About"
  • "Hate Me, Please"
  • "I Know Now"
  • "I Said Love"
  • "I'm the Master Here"
  • "In A Simple Way"
  • "Love and Duty"
  • "The Moon In My Pocket"
  • "Pass the Eau-de-Cologne"
  • "The Real Thing"
  • "Soliloquy"
  • "Under a Spell"
  • "Want to Be Well"
  • "What the World Calls Love"
  • "What's Natural"
  • "Woman And Man"
  • "The World Outside"
  • "You Only To Love Me"


London production

The production opened at the Lyric Theatre on October 20, 1964 and ran for 948 performances.

Cast

Other productions

The Melbourne production opened at the Princess Theatremarker on May 21, 1966

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, England - starred Jeremy Brett and Sally Ann Howes. Dec. 22, 1976 - Jan. 29, 1977.

It was also staged in the 1987 Chichester Festival featuring Mark Wynter.

The show was prevented from reaching Broadway due to a copyright disagreement with Rudolph Besier (author of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street", on which the musical was partly based).


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