Du Barry Was A Lady

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Louis Blore is a washroom attendant in a night club where his secret love, May Daly performs. Having just won the sweepstakes and hoping to declare his love for May openly, Louis accidentally drugs himself, dreams that he is King Louis XV of France and that May is Madame Du Barry. When he wakes up, he knows what to do next.

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  • Louis Blore, attendant in the men’s washroom of the Club Petite in New York, wins $75,000 in the Irish sweeps. Having long had his eye on the star of the floor show, May Daly, Louis seeks to win her away from Alex Barton, the young man to whom she is engaged. He tries to put Alex away with knock-out drops, but mixes up the glasses and drinks the potion himself. During his delirium Louis dreams that he is Louis XIV and that May Daly is Du Barry, his mistress. His unsuccessful pursuit of May continues through the gardens and boudoirs of 18th century Versailles. When he awakens, Louis realizes that he has no chance with May and will have to settle for her friendship.

  • Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
    Book by Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva

  • Full Orchestration:

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin C
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Oboe (or Cl.), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bsn.), Bassoon & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Oboe & English Horn

    1 Horn
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone (tenor)

    2 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Oriental Drum
    Military Drum
    Tom-toms
    Gran Cassa
    Temple Blocks
    Tambourine
    Maracas
    Wood Block
    Marimba
    Song Bells (low Bells) or Vibes
    Xylophone
    Vibraphone
    Cymbals
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Gong
    Triangle
    Cuckoo (SFX)

    1 Harp
    1 Piano & Celeste

    1 Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    16     Prompt Books for Dialogues
    31     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Louis Blore, His Most Royal Majesty, The King of France
    May Daly, Mme. La Comtesse du Barry
    Charley, His Royal Highness, The Dauphin of France
    Alice Barton, Mme. La Marquisse Alisande de Vernay
    Molly Wincor, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Marquise du Pont L’Eveque
    Bill Kelly, Docteur Michel
    Henri
    Mary Gray, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Vicomtesse de Roquefort
    Jones, Le Duc de Choiseul
    Ruth Frederick, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. Le Princesse Gruyere
    Florian
    Zamore
    Peggy Brown, Starlet of the Club Petite, La Baronne de Brie
    Sigana Sigan, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Comtesse de Camembert
    Alex Barton
    An International
    An International
    Vi Hennessey, Mme. La Duchesse de Villardel
    An International
    Gateman
    Cosette
    Manuel Gomez
    An International
    Pierre
    David Shelly
    Radio Announcer
    Geraldine Spreckels
    Ann Todd, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Duchesse de Grammont, Mme. La Duchesse du Coeur Flottant, Dames de la Cour
    Jane Sproule
    Jack Stanton
    An International
    Rene
    Kay Sutton
    Ann Barton, Mme. La Duchesse de Grammont
    Paul Thorne
    Edith Turgell
    Lewis Turner
    Marie Vannemen
    Arlyne Varden
    William Vaux
    Charles Walters
    Harry Norton
    Captain of King’s Guard
    Nina Wayler

    11 Dancing boys
    23 Dancing girls

  • DU BARRY WAS A LADY opened in 1939 and played for 408 performances on Broadway at the 46th Street and Royale Theatres starring Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr and Betty Grable. In London’s West End, the show played for 178 performances at His Majesty’s Theatre.

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