Plymouth Theatre, (9/29/1960 - 10/28/1961)
Alvin Theatre, (10/30/1961 - 12/31/1961)

First Preview: Sep 28, 1960
Opening Date: Sep 29, 1960
Closing Date: Dec 31, 1961
Total Previews: 2
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."

Opening Night Production Staff

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

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Opening Night 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)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1961 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Alexandre Breffort, Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman; Lyrics by Alexandre Breffort, Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman; Music by Marguerite Monnot; 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] 

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

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Valse Milieu
(lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman)
Bob-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

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Plymouth Theatre

(9/29/1960 - 10/28/1961)

Stage Manager: Harold Stone.

Cast

Stuart Damon
Nestor-Le-Fripe
a Law Student
(May 29, 1961 - ?)
Ben Gillespie
Gendarme, Prisoner and Irma's Admirer
Denis Quilley
Nestor-Le-Fripe
a Law Student

Alvin Theatre

(10/30/1961 - 12/31/1961)

Theatre Owned / Operated by Herman Bernstein.



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