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Irma La Douce   

 
Plymouth Theatre, (9/29/1960 - 10/28/1961)
Alvin Theatre, (10/30/1961 - 12/31/1961)
First Preview: Sep 28, 1960 Total Previews: 2
Opening Date: Sep 29, 1960    
Closing Date: Dec 31, 1961 Total Performances: 524

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: In Paris, on Devil's Island, and at sea.
Comments: "Irma La Douce" is not only French; it is intensely Parisian French. Set in an area tourists seek, but so seldom find, its musical idiom, its moral atmosphere, its plot and its argot are part of Paris not even all Parisians know; a part of Paris where the underworld is known as the "milieu." A tart is a "poule," a pimp is a "mec" and money is "grisbi."



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by David Merrick; Produced in association with Donald Albery and H.M. Tennent, Ltd.; Produced by arrangement with Henry Hall
Original book by Alexandre Breffort; English book by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman; Music by Marguerite Monnot; Original lyrics by Alexandre Breffort; English lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman; Music orchestrated by Andre Popp; Additional orchestrations by Robert Ginzler; Dance music by John Kander; Vocal arrangements by Bert Waller and Stanley Lebowsky; Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky
Directed by Peter Brook; Choreographed by Onna White
Scenic Design by Rolf Gerard; Costume Design by Rolf Gerard; Lighting Design by Joe Davis
General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight
General Stage Manager: Ben Janney; Stage Manager: David Clive; Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley
Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek
Press Representative: Frank Goodman and Ben Washer; Casting: Michael Shurtleff; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden
Cast
Keith MichellNestor-Le-Fripe
a Law Student
Elizabeth SealIrma-La-Douce
a Puole
Stuart DamonFrangipane
Fred GwynnePolyte-Le-Mou
a Mec
George S. IrvingPolice Inspector
Aric LavieRoberto-Les-Diams
a Mec
Zack MatalonJojo-Les-Yeux-Sales
a Mec
Clive RevillBob-Le-Hotu
Proprietor of the Bar-des-Inquiets
Osborne SmithPersil-Le-Noir
a Mec
George Del MonteM. Bougne
a Ballroom Owner
Second Warder
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Michael FescoGendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Rico FroehlichCounsel for the Prosecution
Third Warder
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Eddie GasperA Client
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Elliott GouldAn Usher
First Warder
A Priest
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Byron MitchellCourt Gendarme
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Joe RoccoAn Honest Man
Rudy TrontoCounsel for the Defense
A Tax Inspector
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Standby: Virginia Vestoff (Irma-La-Douce)
Understudies: Stuart Damon (Nestor-Le-Fripe), George Del Monte (Persil-Le-Noir), Rico Froehlich (Police Inspector), Eddie Gasper (Counsel for the Defense, Roberto-Les-Diams), Murray Gitlin (A Client, A Priest, An Honest Man, Court Gendarme, First Warder), Elliott Gould (Counsel for the Prosecution, Polyte-Le-Mou), George S. Irving (Bob-Le-Hotu), Angelo Mango (A Tax Inspector, M. Bougne, Second Warder), Byron Mitchell (Frangipane, Third Warder) and Rudy Tronto (Jojo-Les-Yeux-Sales)
Tony Award®
 1961 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Original book by Alexandre Breffort ;  Original lyrics by Alexandre Breffort ;  Music by Marguerite Monnot ;  English book by Julian More , David Heneker and Monty Norman ;  English lyrics by Julian More , David Heneker and Monty Norman ;  Produced by David Merrick ;  Produced in association with Donald Albery and H.M. Tennent, Ltd.
winner 1961 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Elizabeth Seal
 1961 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Clive Revill
 1961 Best Costume Design (Musical) [nominee] 
 Costume Design by Rolf Gerard
 1961 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Onna White
 1961 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Peter Brook
 1961 Best Conductor and Musical Director [nominee] 
 Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky
ACT 1 Sung By
Valse MilieuBob-Le-Hotu (Proprietor of the Bar-des-Inquiets)
Sons of FranceThe Mecs, Polyte-Le-Mou (a Mec) and Police Inspector
The Bridge of CaulaincourtIrma-La-Douce (a Puole) and Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student)
Our Language of LoveIrma-La-Douce (a Puole) and Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student)
She's Got The LotPolice Inspector and Irma's Admirers
Our Language of Love (Reprise) Irma-La-Douce (a Puole)
Dis-DoncIrma-La-Douce (a Puole)
Le Grisbi is le Root of le Evil in ManBob-Le-Hotu (Proprietor of the Bar-des-Inquiets), Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student) and the Mecs
Wreck of a MecNestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student)
That's a CrimeBob-Le-Hotu (Proprietor of the Bar-des-Inquiets), Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student) and the Mecs
ACT 2 Sung By
The Bridge of Caulaincourt (Reprise) Irma-La-Douce (a Puole) and Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student)
From a Prison CellNestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student) and the Mecs
Irma-la-DouceIrma-La-Douce (a Puole)
There Is Only One Paris for ThatNestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student), the Mecs and Prisoners
The Freedom of the SeasNestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student) and the Mecs
There Is Only One Paris for That (Reprise) Nestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student) and the Mecs
Our Language of Love (Reprise) Irma-La-Douce (a Puole)
ButNestor-Le-Fripe (a Law Student), Police Inspector, A Tax Inspector, M. Bougne (a Ballroom Owner) and Polyte-Le-Mou (a Mec)
Christmas ChildThe Company