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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Description

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. Music samples provided courtesy of DRG Records, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and Music Sales Corp.

Credits

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

Orchestration

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.

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book
20     Prompt Books for Dialogue Parts
34     Chorus-Vocal Parts

Brief History

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES opened in 1949 and 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.