The Music Master

The Music Master was a theatrical play written by Charles Klein, and produced and directed by David Belasco. The three-act comedy-drama opened at the Belasco Theatre in New York on September 26, 1904.[1] It ran for 124 performances before it was moved to the Bijou Theatre[2] where it ran for another 511 performances over that and the next two seasons (taking summers off), before going on tour.[3] David Warfield originated the title role, Anton Von Barwig,[4] and continued playing it in revivals and on tour for two decades. William Furst composed the play's incidental music.[5]


  1. "David Warfield in The Music Master", The New York Times, September 27, 1904
  2. Advertisement for the Bijou Theatre, The Sun (New York), January 9, 1905, p. 5, col. 6 ("125th time in New York")
  3. "Warfield's Long Run Ends", The New York Times, September 30, 1906 ("The performance marked the termination of a run of 635 performances in this city.")
  4. Mantle and Sherwood, The Best Plays of 1899-1909, p. 467.
  5. Clipping/theatrical program folder, NYPLPA


  • Mantle, Burns and Garrison P. Sherwood, eds., The Best Plays of 1899-1909, Philadelphia, The Blakiston Company, 1947.
  • The Music Master clipping/theatrical program folder held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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