« This edition presents, for the first time ever, the complete text and music of a nineteenth-century Parisian revue de fin d’année, providing a glimpse into an aspect of the theatrical and musical life of Paris that has generally been overlooked by scholars. Ohé! les p’tits agneaux!, the revue put on by the Théâtre des Variétés for the year 1857, was a gigantic theatrical spectacle in three acts and ten tableaux, with ninety-one separate roles played by twenty-three men and eighteen women, including extras, chorus, and dancers. Its music was assembled from popular tunes and musical theater pieces of the time, and its libretto (by playwrights Théodore Cogniard and Clairville) provides bitingly humorous commentary on contemporary events and theatrical productions. »
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