Gentlemen Prefer Blondes



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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Book by Anita Loos and Joseph Fields
Adapted from the Novel by Anita Loos


Based on Anita Loos’s 1925 bestseller of the same title, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES follows Lorelei Lee, a blonde from Little Rock, Arkansas, who sails to Europe with her friend Dorothy to perform in a nightclub in Paris.


GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES played for 740 performances on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre starring Carol Channing, Yvonne Adair, Jack McCauley, Eric Brotherson and George S. Irving. The show was revived on Broadway in 1995 at the Lyceum Theatre starring KT Sullivan.


Full Orchestration:

2 Violin I (2 stands)
2 Violin II (2 stands)
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Reed I: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone
1 Horn
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Percussion:
  • Timpani (2 drums)
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Bongo Drums
  • Cymbals (2)
  • Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • Ship’s Bell (SFX)
  • Boat Whistle (SFX)
  • Cowbell
  • Wood Block
  • Castanets
  • Triangle
  • Slide Wind Machine
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Xylophone
  • Auxiliary instruments for:
  • Trumpet II: Tin Shaker
  • Trumpet III: Jawbone
  • Trombone I: Claves
  • Trombone II: Gourd
1 Guitar & Banjo
1 Piano & Celeste
  Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.


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