Lorelei

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Lorelei

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  6w, 8m plus ensemble

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

Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, this ebullient musical comedy is a sequel to the hit show about Lorelei Lee, who is now a very wealthy widow looking back on her madcap youth.

Image: Sam Norkin

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6w, 8m plus ensemble
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: 1974 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
Lorelei

Details

Summary
Featuring the hits “I’m Just A Little Girl From Little Rock” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” along with a slew of all-new Jule Styne/Leo Robin songs, Lorelei is a sequel to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the smash musical about social climber Lorelei Lee. Now a wealthy widow, Lorelei prepares to set sail on the SS Ile de France, recalling a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl, Dorothy Shaw. In a flashback, she relives her madcap adventures, including her shattered plan to marry Gus Esmond, her trans-Atlantic voyage with Dorothy, and their glamorous lives in Paris.
History
Lorelei premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on January 27, 1974. Directed by Robert Moore, the production played 320 performances, starring Carol Channing in the title role. Channing’s performance earned her a 1974 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Lorelei is a sequel/update to the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with a revision of the Joseph Fields/Anita Loos book and many of the Jule Styne/Leo Robin songs written for the original.

Lorelei Lee, a heavily-bejeweled, very wealthy widow, prepares 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; in a flashback, we relive their madcap adventures. Young Lorelei plans to marry Gus Esmond, but his father derailes the plan, so single gals Lorelei and Dorothy sail from New York City to Paris, where they settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.

Principals
(3 female; 5 male)

Lorelei Lee
Dorothy Shaw
Mrs. Ella Spofford

Gus Esmond
Lord Francis Beekman
Henry Spofford
Robert Lemantier
Louis Lemantier

Supporting

George
Josephus Gage
Lady Phyllis Beekman
Simone Duval
Mr. Esmond, Senior

Others

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

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

  • Time Period 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
  • Setting The SS Ile de France, Paris and New York City. 1920s-1950s.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

Photos

  • Lorelei

    Image: Sam Norkin

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. Prologue – Gus
3. “Looking Back” – Lorelei
4. Underscore – Orchestra
5. “Bye, Bye, Baby” – Lorelei, Gus & Chorus
6. “High Time” – Dorothy, Mrs. Spofford & Chorus
7. “I’m Just a Little Girl From Little Rock” – Lorelei
8. Exclamation – Orchestra
9. “I Love What I’m Doing” – Dorothy & Boys
10. Little Rock (Waltz Underscore) – Orchestra
11. “It’s Delightful Down In Chile” – Lorelei, Lord Beekman & Boys
12. Paris Scene Opening – Orchestra
13. “I Won’t Let You Get Away” – Dorothy & Henry
14. Ritz Crossover Dance – Orchestra
15. “Keeping Cool With Coolidge” – Dorothy, Henry, Mrs. Spofford & Chorus
16. “Men” – Lorelei

Act II

17. Entr’acte – Orchestra
18. “Coquette” – Dorothy
19. Sunshine Underscore – Orchestra
20. Fanfare – Orchestra
21. “Mamie Is Mimi” – Lorelei, Robert & Louis
22. Dance Underscore – Orchestra
23. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Lorelei
24. Little Rock Underscore – Orchestra
25. “Homesick Blues” – Lorelei & Gus
26. “Miss Lorelei Lee” – Dorothy, Henry & Chorus
27. “Button Up With Esmond” – Lorelei & Girls
28. Incidental – Orchestra
29. Finale Act II: “Looking Back”/“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Lorelei
30. Bows – Lorelei & Full Company
31. Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violins 1 & 2
Viola
Cello
Bass

Reed 1: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
Reed 2: Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Reed 3: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Reed 4: Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Reed 5: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

Horn 1 & 2
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2 (Bass Trombone)

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

Guitar-Banjo
Piano-Celeste (Piano Conductor score)

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

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35 Libretto-Vocal Book
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1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
2 Horn 1&2
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion
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3 Violins 1&2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
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Authors

Jule Styne

Jule Styne (1905-1994) made Broadway sing for 50 years with shows including High Button Shoes; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hazel Flagg; Gypsy; Peter Pan; Bells Are Ringing; Do Re Mi; Subways Are For Sleeping; Funny Girl; Fade Out-Fade In; Hallelujah, Baby!; The Red Shoes; and D ...

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (1917-2006) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with her longtime creative partner, Adolph Green. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Appl ...

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Adolph Green

Adolph Green (1914-2002) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with his longtime creative partner, Betty Comden. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Appl ...

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Kenny Solms

KENNY SOLMS and GAIL PARENT met while attending New York University and together enjoyed one of the most successful collaborations in American comedy with their work on The Carol Burnett Show, Steve Allen’s Comedy Hour, Our Wedding Album and The Smothers Brothers Show. Lorele ...

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Gail Parent

KENNY SOLMS and GAIL PARENT met while attending New York University and together enjoyed one of the most successful collaborations in American comedy with their work on The Carol Burnett Show, Steve Allen’s Comedy Hour, Our Wedding Album and The Smothers Brothers Show. Lorele ...

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Anita Loos

Joseph Fields

Joseph Fields (1895-1966) was the son of actor, producer and theatre owner Lew Fields (who launched Rodgers & Hart's professional career in 1919) and the brother of Herbert and Dorothy Fields (co-librettists of Annie Get Your Gun, among many other credits). Joseph Fields serv ...

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Leo Robin

Leo Robin, an American lyricist and a major contributor to ‘The Great American Songbook’ of popular songs, was respected by his Hollywood colleagues for his modesty and lack of egocentricity even at the height of his fame. Robin was born in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the Uni ...

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