The Prince is Giving a Ball

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The Prince is Giving a Ball

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II  Music By Richard Rodgers

The bustling village square of the kingdom is interrupted by a rousing announcement from a palace herald: In honor of the Prince’s birthday, the King and Queen are hosting a ball for the whole kingdom, where the Prince hopes to meet his future bride. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s playful ensemble number was easily adapted to the medium of television; the original TV production cut to a close-up of each group of citizens as they sang their individual lines.

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“The Prince is Giving a Ball” LYRICS

Town Crier:
The Prince is giving a ball!

Sextet:
The Prince is giving a ball!

Crowd:
The Prince is giving a ball!

All:
The Prince is giving a ball!

Town Crier:
His Royal Highness
Christopher Rupert
Windemere Vladimir
Karl Alexander
François Reginald
Launcelot Herman—

Small Boy:
Herman?

Town Crier:
—Herman Gregory James
Is giving a ball!

Sextet:
The Prince is giving a ball!

All:
The Prince is giving a ball!

Father:
Our daughter’s looking dreamy-eyed.

Mother:
The Prince is giving a ball.

Daughter:
They say he wants to find a bride;
He may find one at the ball.

Girl Brushing Hair:
If only he’d propose to me!

Kneeling Girl:
I pray that he’ll propose to me!

Girl With Mirror:
Why shouldn’t he propose to me?

Woman With Iron:
I wish I hadn’t married Sam.

Mother Pulling Corset Strings:
Pull in your little diaphragm.

Brunette:
I’ll wear a gown of satin jade.

Blonde:
And me, I’m in a pink brocade.

Kid Sister:
And me, I’m in the second grade!

Sextet:
The Prince is giving a ball!
The Prince is giving a ball!

Town Crier:
His Royal Highness,
Christopher Rupert, son of Her Majesty Queen
Constantina Charlotte Ermintrude Gwinyvere Maisie—

Small Girl:
Maisie?

Town Crier:
—Maisie Marguerite
Anne Is giving a ball!

Sextet:
The Prince is giving a ball!
The Prince is giving a ball!

Large Girl:
I wish I didn’t like to eat.

Dietrich-Type Girl:
I wish I were demure and sweet.

Girl With Glasses:
I wish I were a bolder girl.

Grandma:
I wish I were a younger girl.

Kid Sister:
I wish I were an older girl!

Sextet:
The Prince is giving a ball!
The Prince is giving a ball!

Town Crier:
His Royal Highness,
Christopher Rupert, son of
His Majesty King Maximillian Godfrey Ladislaus Leopold Sidney—

Crowd:
Sidney?

Town Crier:
—Sidney Frederick John
Is giving a ball.

All:
The Prince is giving a ball!
The Prince is giving a ball!
The Prince is giving a ball!