Silk Stockings

 

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CREDITS
 

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 Cy Feuer and Earnest H. Martin

QUICK REVIEW
 

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.

BRIEF HISTORY
 

SILK STOCKINGS played for 478 performances on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre starring Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche.

SYNOPSIS
 

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.

The plot of SILK STOCKINGS is unusually sound. It provides a humorous look at the stereotypical Soviet psyche, and Ninotchka’s attempt to resist the temptations of Paris while valiantly carrying out her political mission, is developed with logic and wit. Satire is not, however, confined to the Kremlin. The story spooks Hollywood movies and jazz music as well.

Cole Porter’s outstanding score includes the ballads "All of You", "Paris Loves Lovers" and "As on Through The Seasons We Sail," satires of Moscow in "Red Blues" and "Hail, Bibinski," as well as "Stereophonic Sound."

AVAILABLE ORCHESTRATION
 

Full Orchestration:

2 Violin AC
1 Violin BD
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
   
1 Reed I: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone & Bass Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone
   
1 Horn
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
   
1 Percussion I:
  • 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
   
1 Guitar (doubles Violin D)
1 Harp
   
  Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)

 

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