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ATTILLIO COMELLI costume designs for The maid of the mountains from 1906, 34 original dwrawings in color
. Original collection of 34 watercolors on size 35x 28cm. with note inscriptions in pencil. not signed. The Maid of the Mountains was one of the three most important musical hits of the London stage during World War I (the other two being a revue entitled The Bing Boys Are Here and the musical Chu Chin Chow, music or scenes from all of these have been included as background in many films set in this period, and they remain intensely evocative of the "Great War" years.[5] Other hit shows of the period were Theodore & Co (1916), The Boy (1917), and Yes, Uncle! (1917). Audiences wanted light and uplifting entertainment during the war, and these shows delivered it.[6] Some of the most popular songs were: "Love Will find a Way", "A Bachelor Gay", "A Paradise for Two", "My life is Love", and "Live for Today". The "romantic" ending, with Teresa finally united to Baldassaré, was personally insisted on by José Collins[1] (in the play as originally written, she ended up with the faithful but less colourful character of Beppo). Beppo and Teresa's duets remain, however, and the role of Baldassaré remains a non-singing part. Attilio Comelli was an important and prolific designer. In Dark's article in Cassell?s Magazine, he remarked that Comelli was renowned for ??the originality and boldness of his enviable colouring?. His designs are to be found in most of the major theatre collections around the world: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Harry Ransome Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
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