The Circus Princess (Die Zirkusprinzessin) - Chicago Folks Operetta is pleased to be presenting the first U.S. performance in over 85 years of Emmerich Kálmán's beloved operetta The Circus Princess. The show will be sung in English and will feature a new translation by Chicago Folks Operetta Artistic Director Gerald Frantzen and dramaturge Hersh Glagov. Written in 1926 and coming on the heels of Kálmán's hit show Countess Maritza, The Circus Princess show proved to be an immediate success with its beguiling arias Zwei Märchen augen (Two fairytale eyes) and Wo ist der himmel blau so wie in Wien? (Where are the skies bluer than Vienna?) and played for over 300 performances in Vienna. In 1927 it appeared on Broadway with two other Kálmán shows.
The story follows the mysterious Mr. X, a dashing circus performer, whose death defying circus act is the talk of all Russia. Mr. X is hired by Prince Sergius Wladmir, a disgruntled suitor of Princess Fedora Palinska, to pose as a nobleman and marry her in a ruse designed to entice the princess into marrying a “lowly” circus performer. But of course, like any good operetta that features mistaken identity and intrigue, "Mister X" is in fact a nobleman, the disinherited nephew of a deceased prince. The music has all the classic hallmarks of Hungarian melodies and Viennese waltz’s that made Emmerich Kálmán one of the greatest operetta composers of all time.