Du Barry Was A Lady


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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  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
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  • 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
    Gran Cassa
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block
    Song Bells (low Bells) or Vibes
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    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

  • 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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