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Silk Stockings

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2f, 4m

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter / Book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows / Based on the Garbo movie Ninotchka by Melchior Lengyel / Produced for the Broadway Stage by Feuer and Martin

In this hiarious musical adaptation of Ninotchka, agents from Washington and Moscow cross paths in Paris in a loving satire of US/Soviet relations.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Silk Stockings

Details

Summary
The tense relations between Soviet Russia and the West are lovingly satirized in Silk Stockings, where agents of all kinds cross paths in Paris, far away from both Moscow and Hollywood.
History
Silk Stockings opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on February 24, 1955, starring Hildegarde Neff, Don Ameche and Gretchen Wyler. The show played for 478 performances.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Ninotchka, a beautiful and stalwart female emissary of the Soviet Commissar of Art, is sent to Paris to manage three fun-loving Soviet agents, who have been dispatched to the French capital to bring home Boroff, a successful Soviet composer on a world tour under the personal management of Steve Canfield, a Hollywood agent. Canfield wants Boroff to defect and write film music for his client, Peggy Dayton. The prim and cold Ninotchka meets Canfield, who instructs her in the delights of capitalist society and also, of course, amour. Boroff becomes infatuated with Janice Dayton and has no interest in leaving Western society. Eventually Canfield follows Ninotchka to Russia, but all escape to freedom. Cole Porter’s outstanding score includes "All of You," "Paris Loves Lovers" and "As on Through The Seasons We Sail."

Principals
(2 female; 4 male)

Ninotchka
Janice Dayton

Steve Canfield
Ivanov
Brankov
Bibinski

Supporting

Peter Ilyitch Boroff
Vera
Commissar Markovitch
Pierre Bouchard
Chief Commissar
President of Politburo
M. Fabour
Sonia
Grisha
Anna

Others

Hotel Doorman
Hotel Manager
Flower Girl
First Commissar
Choreographer
Saleslady
Minister
Bookstall Man
French Comrade
Movie Director
Assistant Director

Ensemble

Guards, Reporters, Musicians, Hotel Staff, Film Crew, etc.

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Setting
    Paris and Moscow. 1955.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. “Too Bad” – Ivanov, Brankov, Bibinski, & Hotel Staff
2. “Paris Loves Lovers” – Canfield & Ninotchka
3. “Stereophonic Sound” – Janice
4. “It’s A Chemical Reaction, That’s All” – Ninotchka
5. “All of You” – Canfield
6. “Satin and Silk” – Janice
7. “Without Love” – Ninotchka
8. Reprise: “All of You” – Canfield

Act II

9. “Hail, Bibinski” – Ivanov, Brankov, Bibinski, & French Comrades
10. “As On Through The Seasons We Sail” – Canfield & Ninotchka
11. “Josephine” – Janice & Chorus
12. “Siberia” – Ivanov, Brankov, Bibinski
13. “Silk Stockings” – Canfield
14. “The Red Blues” – The Russians
15. Finale – Entire Company

Full Orchestration

Violin AC
Violin BD
Viola
Cello
Bass

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

Horn
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Trombone 3

Percussion:

Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Military Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Tom Toms (2)
Suspended Cymbals
Hi-Hat Cymbals
Sleigh Bells
Xylophone
Bells
Metal Plate
Wood Block

Guitar (doubles Violin D)
Harp

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeLarge

Materials

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33 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
1 Horn
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Trombone 3
1 Guitar
1 Harp
1 Percussion
2 Violin AC
1 Violin BD
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
33 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

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Authors

Cole Porter

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891 and died in Hollywood 73 years later. In between, he wrote some of the most memorable songs ever heard on stage or screen, among them “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Love For Sal ...

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George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh in 1889. During his early career as a reporter and drama critic , he began to write for the theatre. For 40 years, beginning in 1921 with the production of Dulcy, there was rarely a year without a Kaufman play — usually written in coll ...

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Leueen MacGrath

LEUEEN MACGRATH Born in London in 1914, Leueen MacGrath began her career as an actress with the 1936 film Whom The Gods Love, a biopic about Mozart and his wife Constanze, followed by Pygmalion and a series of B-movies: All Hands, Meet Maxwell Archer, The Saint’s Vacation. In ...

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Abe Burrows

Born December 18, 1910 in NYC, Burrows graduated New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn and later attended both City College and NYU. His career in radio and television writing began with This is New York (1938), followed by the Rudy Vallee Program (1940), Duffy’s Town (1940-194 ...

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Melchior Lengyel

MELCHIOR LENGYEL was born in Hungary in 1880. He started his career as a journalist in Košice, then later in Budapest. His first play, A nagy fejedelem (The Great Prince) was performed by the Thalia Company in 1907. The Hungarian National Theatre performed his next drama A há ...

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