Illya Darling

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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.

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  • 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.

  • Book by Jules Dassin
    Music by Manos Hadjidakis
    Lyrics by Joe Darion

  • 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)
    1 Horns I & II
    1 Trumpets 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 (2 sets)
    Finger (C-F-G)
    Temple Blocks (4)
    Triangle
    Anvil
    Bosen’s Whistle
    Ratchet
    Wood Block
    Cow Bell
    Castanets
    Bell Tree
    1 Harp (Original part, no Deshon)
    1 Guitar (with banjo cues)
    1 Mandolins I & II (doubling banjo)
    1 Bouzoukis I & II
    Piano, Harpsichord & Cordovox

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    12     Prompt Books for Principal Characters
    5       Vocal Parts
    25      Chorus Parts

  • (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

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

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