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Lorelei

Description

Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, LORELEI is a sequel to the famous show about Lorelei Lee, who is now a very wealthy widow. Lorelei is about to set sail on the SS Ile de France when she is reminded of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw. In a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei's plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.

Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Synopsis

LORELEI is a revision of the Joseph Fields-Anita Loos book for the 1949 production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and includes many of the Jule Styne-Leo Robin songs written for the original.

Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, it opens with the title character, a heavily-bejeweled, very wealthy widow, about to set sail on the SS Ile de France. The moment reminds her of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw, and in a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei’s plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.

Credits

LORELEI
Based on GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
New Music by Jule Styne
New Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
New Book by Kenny Solms & Gail Parent
Book by Anita Loos & Joseph Fields
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Presented on Broadway by Lee Guber and Shelly Gross

Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

LORELEI
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK
www.tamswitmark.com

Additionally, you agree to include the above language hyperlinked to http://www.tamswitmark.com/ on all websites on which you promote the play.

Orchestration

Instrumentation: 18 Parts

3 Violins I & II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Oboe, Clarinet, & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone

2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)

1 Percussion:
      Timpani (2-Pedal Drums)
      Bass Drum
      Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
      Tom Toms
      Bells
      Xylophone
      Cymbals: Hand, 2 Suspended, Hi-Ha
      Wood Block
      Cowbell
      Triangle
      Slide Whistle
      Boat Whistle (stage)
      Castanets

Optional for Brass Players in “Chile” Number
      Tin Shaker
      Jaw Bone
      Claves
      Gourd

1 Guitar-Banjo
  Piano-Celeste

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
23     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Books

Cast List

Gus Esmond
Lorelei Lee
Dorothy Shaw
Mrs. Ella Spofford
George
Josephus Gage
Henry Spofford
Lord Francis Beekman
Lady Phyllis Beekman
Robert Lemantier
Louis Lemantier
Simone Duval
Mr. Esmond, Senior

Ile De France:
Steward
Bartender
Pierre (A Steward)
Charles (A Steward)

Hotel Ritz:
Bellhop (S)

Pre-Catalin Club:
Master of Ceremonies
Headwaiter
Announcer

Central Park Casino:
Announcer

Radio:
Engineer

Chorus & Dancers:
Ship’s Personnel, Passengers, Tourists, Olympic Team Members, Night Club Maître d’, Showgirls, Gendarme, Bridesmaids and Wedding Guests

Brief History

LORELEI opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, January 27, 1974 and played for 320 performances starring Carol Channing in the title role.