The title character of the French musical IRMA LA DOUCE is a successful prostitute living and working in Paris. Nestor le Fripé is a poor law student who falls in love with her and is jealous of her clients. In order to keep her for himself, he assumes the disguise of a rich older man, “Oscar”, and takes many jobs. Finally no longer able to sustain his exhausting life, he “kills” Oscar, is convicted of murder, and is transported to the Devil’s Island penal colony. Nestor eventually escapes, returns to Paris to prove his innocence and be reunited with Irma.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Original Book and Lyrics by Aleandre Breffort
English Book and Lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
17 Dialogue Parts
15 Chorus-Vocal Parts
3 Conductor Scores for Principal Characters
IRMA LA DOUCE premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Gramont, November 12, 1956, where it ran for four years. It was then produced at London’s Lyric Theatre, opening July 17, 1958, and playing for 1,512 performances. The show opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre, September 29, 1960. It later moved to the Alvin theatre and played for a total of 524 performances starring Keith Mitchell and Clive Revill, and with Elizabeth Seal as the title character.