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Illya Darling

Description

ILLYA DARLING is based on Jules Dassin’s 1960 film Never on Sunday. The story follows Illya, a prostitute in the port town of Piraeus outside Athens, and Homer Thrace, an American pursuing the glories of ancient Greece.

Photo by Friedman-Abeles © The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Synopsis

Illya, a carefree prostitute, plies her trade in the port town of Piraeus outside Athens. With no set rates, no pimp, and an inclination to sleep only with men she likes, she differs dramatically from the other local ladies-of-the-evening. Their pimp, Garbage, works for the mysterious No Face, who charges the girls exorbitant rents. Into her life comes Homer Thrace, a priggish American in search of the glories of Ancient Greece. Attracted by Illya’s physical charms, he decides to teach her about the classics and to help her become a cultured lady, while she in turn introduces him to sensual pleasures. Homer’s lesson plan is to separate her from her friends and the virile Tonio. Neither ends up happier.

Credits

ILLYA DARLING
Book by Jules Dassin
Music by Manos Hadjidakis
Lyrics by Joe Darion

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

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

Orchestration

Instrumentation: 18 Parts

3 Violins
2 Cellos
1 Bass

1 Reed I: Piccolo Flute, Flute, Alto Flute (or “C” Flute), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone (and optional Oboe & English Horn)
1 Reed III: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone (and optional Flute & Bassoon)

2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone

2 Percussion I & II
      Timpani (2)
      Bass Drum
      Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
      Tom Tom
      Bongo Drums
      Cymbals – Suspended Choke
      Vibraphone
      Bells
      Xylophone
      Metallophone
      Chimes
      Siren
      Slide Whistle
      Hi-Hat
      Hand Cymbals (2 sets)
      Finger Cymbals (C-F-G)
      Temple Blocks (4)
      Triangle
      Anvil
      Bosun’s Whistle
      Ratchet
      Wood Block
      Cow Bell
      Castanets
      Bell Tree

1 Harp
1 Guitar (with banjo cues)
2 Mandolin I & II (doubling banjo)
2 Bouzouki I & II

  Piano, Harpsichord & Cordovox

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
12     Prompt Books for Cast
5       Vocal Parts
25     Chorus Parts

Cast List

(In Order of Appearance)

Yorgo
Costa
Workman
Tonio
Captain
Illya
Homer Thrace
Waiter
Garbage
Despo
Musician
Little Man
Forward Sailor
Timid Sailor
Vassily
Voula
Kiki
Cassandra
Playgoer
Drama Critic
Wife
No Face
Bodyguards
The Other Girl

Brief History

ILLYA DARLING opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, April 11, 1967 and played for 320 performances starring Melina Mercouri and Orson Bean.