The Charlatan (operetta)

The Charlatan is an 1898 American operetta also known as The Mystical Miss, with music and lyrics[1] by John Philip Sousa.[2] Today only excerpts from the work—"The Charlatan March", "The Charlatan Waltzes" and "The Charlatan Overture"—are commonly known.


The Charlatan is a comic opera in three acts, with a book by Charles Klein and music by John Philip Sousa. It was written for the DeWolf Hopper Opera Company, which presented the work for the first time on August 29, 1898. Directed by H. A. Cripps,[1] the Broadway production ran September 8 – October 8, 1898, at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York City.[3]


  • DeWolf Hopper as Demidoff[1]
  • Edmund Stanley as Prince Boris[1]
  • Mark M. Price as Gogol[1]
  • Alfred Klein as Jelikoff[1]
  • George W. Barnum as Captain Peshofki[1]
  • Arthur Cunningham as the Grand Duke[1]
  • Harry P. Stone as Kofeff[1]
  • C. Arthur as Skobeloff[1]
  • Nella Bergen as Anna[1]
  • Alice Judson as Katrinka[1]
  • Katherine Carlisle as Sophia[1]
  • Adine Bouviere as the Grand Duchess[1]

After a profitable tour, The Charlatan was reprised on Broadway beginning May 4, 1899, at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.[4] Hopper and his wife Nella Bergen starred in the operetta—titled The Mystical Miss—at the Comedy Theatre in London beginning December 13, 1899.[5]


  1. Klein, Charles; Sousa, John Philip (1898). The Charlatan. Cincinnati, New York, Chicago: The John Church Company.
  2. Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (1984), page 33. "Some of the songs were also used in El Capitan (1895) and The Charlatan (1898). This accounts for the fact that only fragments of the manuscript are known to exist under the original title. Little is known of the reasons for the operetta's demise except for some information given in a faded clipping from a newspaper called the Advertiser."
  3. "The Charlatan". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  4. "DeWolf Hopper's Return". The New York Times. May 5, 1899. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  5. "'The Mystical Miss' Opens in London". The New York Times. December 14, 1899. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
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