Irene (Revised 1973)

Irene (Revised 1973)

Hugh Wheeler, Joseph Stein, Harry Rigby, James Montgomery, Harry Tierney, Joseph McCarthy, Charles Gaynor, Otis Clements

Irene (Revised 1973)

Irene (Revised 1973)

Hugh Wheeler, Joseph Stein, Harry Rigby, James Montgomery, Harry Tierney, Joseph McCarthy, Charles Gaynor, Otis Clements

Overview

Based on James Montgomery's play Irene O’Dare, Irene tells the story of a shop assistant and recent immigrant to New York’s Upper West Side who is introduced to Long Island's high society when she's hired by one of its leading grande dames to help redecorate her home. The score includes the hits "Alice Blue Gown," "You Made Me Love You" and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."

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Details

  • Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Cast Attributes: Drag performance, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Hugh Wheeler

Hugh Wheeler (1912-1987) won three Tony Awards, for Candide, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. He also wrote the libretto for the revival of Irene and is the author of the plays Big Fish, Little Fish; Look, We’ve Come Through; We Have Always Lived in the Castle; and addi ...

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Joseph Stein

JOSEPH STEIN won the Tony Award and Drama Critics Circle Award for Fiddler on the Roof. His other musicals include Zorba (Tony nom., Drama Critics Circle Award); Rags (Tony nom.); The Baker’s Wife (Laurence Olivier Award, London); June; Take Me Along; Irene (starring Debbie ...

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Harry Rigby

HARRY RIGBY was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925. With Jule Styne and Alexander H. Cohen, he produced Make A Wish, his first Broadway musical, in 1951. Additional Broadway credits include John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, Hallelujah Baby! (winner of the 1968 Tony Award ...

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James Montgomery

Harry Tierney

HARRY TIERNEY was already an established composer before his first Broadway show, Irene. He wrote the scores for Keep Smiling and Not Likely later in London. When he returned to the States, he wrote songs for the Ziegfeld Follies, Royal Vagabond and Follow Me, among others. T ...

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Joseph McCarthy

JOSEPH MCCARTHY born in 1885, was a charter member of ASCAP. He wrote over 500 songs and eleven plays and reviews. He wrote the film scores for his Rio Rita and for several other motion pictures, including Song of the Big Trail, High Society and a second version of Irene. Mr ...

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Charles Gaynor

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Otis Clements

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