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.

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

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

  • 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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    12     Prompt Books for Cast
    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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