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Silk Stockings

Description

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.

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.”

Credits

SILK STOCKINGS
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 Feuer and Martin

Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

SILK STOCKINGS
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

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
2 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.)

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
23     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

Cast List

Peter Ilyitch Boroff
Hotel Doorman
Hotel Manager
Flower Girl
Ivanov
Brankov
Bibinski
Steve Canfield
First Commissar
Guards
Vera
Commissar Markovitch
Choreographer
Ninotchka
Reporters
Janice Dayton
Pierre Bouchard
Chief Commissar
Minister
President of Politburo
Saleslady
M. Fabour
Bookstall Man
French Comrade
Movie Director
Assistant Director
Sonia
Grisha
Anna
Musicians
Guard

Brief History

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