DescriptionLITTLE ME is based on Patrick Dennis’s novel subtitled, The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine. The show follows Belle’s career through a series of advantageous marriages to a diva’s life of luxury. The show was tailored to the talents of Sid Caesar and featured the choreography of Bob Fosse.
LITTLE ME is the story of Belle Poitrine’s ascent from the wrong side of the railroad tracks in Venezuela, Illinois to the exquisite luxury of Southampton, Long Island, where the bar is concealed in a golden grand piano. The action is carried through a series of vignettes with integrated music and choreography. There are two Belle’s. There is the older Belle of today who is a genial, plump, self-indulgent, wealthy boozer. She is telling an interviewer the story of her life. The story is acted by the younger Belle, who plays the scenes as they occur. Early in the story she meets high-born Noble Eggleston. He cannot marry her because she does not have “wealth, culture and social position.” She achieves these goals through her association with seven men, some of whom help her progress by being taken dead at opportune moments. On Broadway all the men were played by Sid Caesar. Actually they can be played by different actors.
LITTLE ME is a sophisticated show of special appeal to community theatre groups and stock operations. Said Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune “Sum total: a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze.”
Book by Neil Simon
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Cy Coleman
Based on a novel by Patrick Dennis
Musical numbers and dances staged by Bob Fosse
Directed by Cy Feuer and Bob Fosse
Produced for the Broadway stage by Feuer and Martin
2 Violin AB
1 Violin C
1 Bass & Tuba
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Oboe, English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet) & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Eb Clarinet (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet& Baritone Saxophone
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
1 Percussion I & II:
Tom Toms (2)
Egyptian Finger Cymbals
Siren Wind Whistle
Metal Pipes (Sword Sound)
Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score (2 volumes) sent with rehearsal material.)
1 Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1 Prompt Book
3 Prompt Books for Principal Characters
29 Dialogue Parts
33 Chorus-Vocal Parts
(in the order of appearance)
Miss Poitrine, Today (Older Belle)
*Val Du Val
Note: *In the New York production all seven starred parts were played by the same actor.
LITTLE ME played for 257 performances on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre starring Sid Caesar, Virginia Martin and Nancy Andrews. It has since been revived twice, most recently in 1998 starring Martin Short and Faith Prince.
The Tony Award for Choreography.
The Theatre World Award (Swen Swenson).
The Tony Award for Best Actor.