DescriptionSubtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, LORELEI is a sequel to the famous show about Lorelei Lee, who is now a very wealthy widow. Lorelei is about to set sail on the SS Ile de France when she is reminded of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw. In a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei's plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz. Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
LORELEI is a revision of the Joseph Fields-Anita Loos book for the 1949 production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and includes many of the Jule Styne-Leo Robin songs written for the original.
Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, it opens with the title character, a heavily-bejeweled, very wealthy widow, about to set sail on the SS Ile de France. The moment reminds her of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw, and in a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei’s plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.
Based on GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
New Music by Jule Styne
New Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
New Book by Kenny Solms & Gail Parent
Book by Anita Loos & Joseph Fields
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Presented on Broadway by Lee Guber and Shelly Gross
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Instrumentation: 18 Parts
3 Violins I & II
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Oboe, Clarinet, & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)
Timpani (2-Pedal Drums)
Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
Cymbals: Hand, 2 Suspended, Hi-Ha
Boat Whistle (stage)
Optional for Brass Players in “Chile” Number
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book for Director
23 Prompt Books for Cast
30 Chorus-Vocal Books
Mrs. Ella Spofford
Lord Francis Beekman
Lady Phyllis Beekman
Mr. Esmond, Senior
Ile De France:
Pierre (A Steward)
Charles (A Steward)
Master of Ceremonies
Central Park Casino:
Chorus & Dancers:
Ship’s Personnel, Passengers, Tourists, Olympic Team Members, Night Club Maître d’, Showgirls, Gendarme, Bridesmaids and Wedding Guests
LORELEI opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, January 27, 1974 and played for 320 performances starring Carol Channing in the title role.