Julian Edwards


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(1855–1910), composer. The Englishman studied in Edinburgh and London before accepting a post as conductor of the Carl Rosa Opera Company. James C. Duff brought him to New York and produced his first show to reach Broadway, Jupiter (1892). Between that premiere and his death eighteen years later he wrote the scores for seventeen New York musicals. Among the best received or more interesting were King René's Daughter (1893), Madeleine (1895), The Goddess of Truth (1896), The Wedding Day (1897), The Jolly Musketeer (1898), Princess Chic (1900), Dolly Varden (1902), When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1902), Love's Lottery (1904), and The Girl and the Wizard (1909). Although none of his music remains popular, he was highly respected in his own time, and his work was sufficiently admired to lure such stars as Lillian Russell, Jefferson De Angelis, Della Fox, Christie MacDonald, and Lulu Glaser.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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