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Princess Caraboo (fka Caraboo, Princess of Javasu)

2005 Festival

Will Frears

Music Director
John Semorian

Alexandra Carlson, Kerri Jill Garbis, Celia Keenan Bolger, Andrew Lippa, Steven Pasquale, Richard Silverstein, Robin Skye, Price Waldman, Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther

Contact for Rights

Jenny Giering, 646-279-5992,

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 6
Preferred Ensemble Size: 18
Total Cast Size: 30
Orchestra Breakdown:


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Mary Baker didn’t want to be a maid. But it was 1817 in England, and she was nobody, so what choice did she have? Go to America. And that journey is where we find her, on the dock in Bristol – she’s put on a turban and is speaking a made up language. She soon attracts the attention of a smooth talking Irishman who “translates” for her, and an American patron. Mary Baker realizes they want a princess, and she becomes one, Princess Caraboo. Based on a true story, Mary Baker manages to fool the scientists who are sent to examine her, and convince the nobles who gather to celebrate her. It’s about a girl who didn’t want to stay where she was put, in her place, in her time. It’s about a girl who wanted more. And got it.

Festival Successes

Production at Goodspeed Musicals (CT) in 2006. Reading at The Roundabout Theatre Studios (UT) in 2009.