Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern, 1933
Fri, Jun 8 - Sun, Jun 17
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Continuing our tradition of reviving gems from the golden age of musical comedy (roughly from 1923-42), we are pleased to open Shedd Theatricals’ 17th season with Roberta, Otto Harbach’s 1933 stage adaptation of Alice Duer Miller’s charming novel published that same year, Gowns By Roberta. The story is as much romance as comedy, with plenty of intrigue, star-crossed loving and Russian royalty in disguise mixed in with simply great songs by Harbach and the always masterful Jerome Kern.
John Kent, an all-American fullback at Haverhill College learns he has inherited a dress shop in Paris run by his Aunt Minnie under the trade name Roberta, who is the estranged black sheep of the family but has a deep affection for him. When John’s stuck up socialite fiancee Sophie throws him over, he travels to Paris, only to find that Aunt Minnie has died. Knowing how much his aunt relied on her beautiful assistant Stephanie (a real Russian princess in disguise), John proposes that she runs the shop in partnership with him. A budding romance between the two almost comes to naught when Sophie, appears on the scene bent to win John back.
The fabulous score by Kern includes such beauts as “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Lovely To Look At”, “Yesterdays”, “I Won’t Dance”, “You’re Devastating”, and “I’ll Be Hard To Handle”.
Event Personnel
Creative Team
Peg Major, director
Robert Ashens, music director & conductor
Caitlin Christopher, choreographer
Jim Ralph, set design
Production Team
Kristin Combs, stage manager
Christle O'Neil, assistant stage manager
Cosmo Cole, lighting & sound design
Connie Huston, scenic painter, scenic design
 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach
Music by Jerome Kern
 I Won't Dance
(1934) Three Sisters
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895-1960
Otto Harbach, 1873-1963
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
June, 2018
Fri 08, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sat 09, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sun 10, 3:00 pm: Eugene
Fri 15, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sat 16, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sun 17, 3:00 pm: Eugene
Ticket/Venue Info
Roberta Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  23.50 
B30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  19.50 
C24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  15.75 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
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