Irma La Douce

Irma La Douce

by: Alexander Breffort, Marguerite Monnot, Julian More, David Heneker, Monty Norman

by: Alexander Breffort, Marguerite Monnot, Julian More, David Heneker, Monty Norman

Overview

Irma, the title character of the French musical Irma La Douce, is a young woman working the streets of Paris. Nestor le Fripé, a poor law student, falls for Irma and grows jealous of her clients. To remain Irma's only lover, Nestor assumes the disguise of a rich older man named Oscar, taking numerous jobs to support himself and Irma. Unable to sustain his exhausting life, Nestor ultimately “kills” Oscar. But the authorities, believing the murder actually took place, convict Nestor and send him to the Devil's Island penal colony. Nestor ultimately escapes and returns to Paris to prove his innocence and reunite with Irma.

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Romantic Comedy
  • Time Period: 1960s, 1950s
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Alexander Breffort

ALEXANDRE BREFFORT was born in Nièvre, France in 1901. After working a series of odd-jobs, Breffort was hired as the editor at Le Canard Enchaîné (The Chained Duck) in 1934. A pacifist, Breffort traveled throughout Europe during World War II before returning to Paris. Breffort wrote the screenpla ...

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Marguerite Monnot

MARGUERITE MONNOT was a French songwriter and composer, best known for having written many of the songs performed by Édith Piaf (“Milord,” “Hymne à l'amour”) and for the music in the stage musical Irma La Douce. As a female composer of popular music in the first half of the twen ...

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Julian More

JULIAN MORE made his theatrical debut in 1954 while attending Trinity College in Puss in Red Riding Breeches, a pantomime for adults. After moving to London, More wrote the book and lyrics for three of the biggest musical comedy successes of the 1950s – Grab Me a Gondola, Expresso Bongo and Irma La Douce. He l ...

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David Heneker

Monty Norman

MONTY NORMAN was born in London in 1928, the only child of Jewish immigrants from Latvia. From an early age, Norman showed an interest in music; he wrote songs, performed and appeared in radio, television and stage variety shows. Compositions for the West End theatres include Expresso Bongo and Irma La Douce in coll ...

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