Glen MacDonough (1870 – March 30, 1924) was an American writer, lyricist and librettist. He was the son of theater manager Thomas B. MacDonough and actress/author Laura Don. Glen MacDonough married Margaret Jefferson in 1896 in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts.
MacDonough was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best-remembered today as the librettist of Victor Herbert's operetta, Babes in Toyland (1903). MacDonough started out as a feature/human interest journalist in New York City, and according to one source (Atlanta Constitution, Feb. 4, 1894), "...four years ago [MacDonough] was a reporter earning 15 to 20 dollars a week...but was rapidly advanced in salary and prominence. In one year on the New York Advertiser, he wrote 1,008 short stories...He [then] determined to abandon journalism and turn to the drama for a livelihood..."
The Prodigal Father (1892) is MacDonough's first work that received any note in reviews of the day. It was a comedy with songs, a form generally called "musical extravaganzas" at the time. His second work, The Algerian (1893), was a collaboration with prominent songwriter Reginald DeKoven. In the 1890s he devoted much time to writing farces and comedies or the book and song lyrics to a string of musical comedies. These musical comedies include Miss Dynamite (1894) and Delmonico's at 6 (1895). MacDonough's name is associated with more than two dozen plays and musical works. Most of them have become obscure with the passage of time, but some—besides Babes in Toyland—are worthy of mention and present certain points of historical interest.
That is: He wrote the lyrics for the operetta, Chris and the Wonderful Lamp (1899), with music by march king John Philip Sousa, a work that undergoes periodic revival even today. MacDonough was also one of the many lyricists called to help out in the first musical production of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz (1902). Between 1896 and 1909, MacDonough collaborated with Victor Herbert on four other operettas besides Babes in Toyland: The Gold Bug (1896), It Happened in Nordland (1905), Wonderland (1905), and Algeria (1908, revised in 1909 as The Rose of Algeria). MacDonough was also the American adapter of Johann Strauss' last work, Vienna Life (1901), and of Franz Lehár's The Count of Luxembourg (1912). In 1909 he wrote the book for The Midnight Sons. He was one of the nine founding members of ASCAP in 1914.
Glen MacDonough wrote continuously until the year before his death in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1924. His last work was in 1923, Within Four Walls, a play.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1870 (New York City), Died March 30th, 1924 (Stamford)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||0153||7-in.||5/19/1899||My rainbow bride||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]774||7-in.||5/3/1901||The other page is missing||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3317||10-in.||5/3/1901||The other page is missing||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||A-435||7-in.||9/21/1903||Lazy Bill||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-435||10-in.||9/21/1903||Lazy Bill||S. H. Dudley||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2997||10-in.||1/10/1906||The only one||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-6838||12-in.||2/27/1909||The blind gallery boy||Digby Bell||Recitation, with orchestra||author|
|Victor||B-8075||10-in.||6/24/1909||Eily Riley||Blanche Ring||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-8371||12-in.||11/12/1909||Gems from Algeria||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-9781||12-in.||1/10/1911||Gems from Babes in Toyland||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-11117||12-in.||10/19/1911||Gems from It happened in Nordland||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12775||10-in.||1/8/1913||Love is a pilgrim||Sue Harvard||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14405||10-in.||1/30/1914||Oh! Cecilia||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14406||10-in.||1/30/1914||In the night (When the moon slyly winks)||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14410||12-in.||2/4/1914||Gems from Queen of the movies||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17543||10-in.||4/26/1916||Heart o' th' heather||George MacFarlane||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-40615||12-in.||10/17/1927||Selections from Babes in Toyland||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-64358||12-in.||11/18/1930||Land of my own romance [from The enchantress]||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group||Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-64360||12-in.||11/18/1930||Selections from The rose of Algeria||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group||Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||1668||10-in.||ca. 1903||Lazy Bill||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with trombone, whistling, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||1687||10-in.||ca. 1903||I can't do that sum||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||1812||10-in.||ca. 1904-1905||Toyland||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||39201||10-in.||2/3/1914||Oh, Cecilia||Helen Clark ; J. F. Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||39202||10-in.||2/3/1914||When the moon slyly winks (In the night)||J. F. Harrison||Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||348||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1918||Since I met wonderful you||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "MacDonough, Glen," accessed September 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103290.
MacDonough, Glen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103290.
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