The Bohemian Girlby Alfred Bunn
Genre: Operetta, Romance
Format of Original Source: Plot summary
Recommended Adaptation Length: 90 Minutes
Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely
The first act opens with the rescue of Arline, daughter of Count Arnheim, from the attack of a stag by Thaddeus, a Polish fugitive, who has joined a gypsy band to save himself from arrest. In return for his timely aid, the Count invites him to a banquet, where he gets into trouble by refusing to drink the health of the Emperor. Devilshoof, the leader of the band, saves him from the angry soldiers, but in turn is himself seized. The Count allows Thaddeus to go, and Devilshoof subsequently escapes, carrying Arline with him.
Act Two’s “Twelve years later…” exposes a rather fatal flaw for the source material, which ultimately is about redemption/forgiveness for something in the past. The present day action probably isn’t sufficient to drive a musical.
A word of caution: This plot summary was written by 19th-century literary critic George Upton, who often mixes personal opinion with summation. You would be advised to consult the original source material, if the general plot appeals to you.
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