Little Me


LITTLE ME is based on Patrick Dennis’s novel subtitled, The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine. The show follows Belle’s career through a series of advantageous marriages to a diva’s life of luxury. The show was tailored to the talents of Sid Caesar and featured the choreography of Bob Fosse.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • LITTLE ME is the story of Belle Poitrine’s ascent from the wrong side of the railroad tracks in Venezuela, Illinois to the exquisite luxury of Southampton, Long Island, where the bar is concealed in a golden grand piano. The action is carried through a series of vignettes with integrated music and choreography. There are two Belle’s. There is the older Belle of today who is a genial, plump, self-indulgent, wealthy boozer. She is telling an interviewer the story of her life. The story is acted by the younger Belle, who plays the scenes as they occur. Early in the story she meets high-born Noble Eggleston. He cannot marry her because she does not have “wealth, culture and social position.” She achieves these goals through her association with seven men, some of whom help her progress by being taken dead at opportune moments. On Broadway all the men were played by Sid Caesar. Actually they can be played by different actors.

    LITTLE ME is a sophisticated show of special appeal to community theatre groups and stock operations. Said Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune “Sum total: a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze.”

    Book by Neil Simon
    Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
    Music by Cy Coleman
    Based on a novel by Patrick Dennis
    Musical numbers and dances staged by Bob Fosse
    Directed by Cy Feuer and Bob Fosse
    Produced for the Broadway stage by Feuer and Martin

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

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  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin AB
    1 Violin C
    1 Cello
    1 Bass & Tuba

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Oboe, English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet) & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Eb Clarinet (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet& Baritone Saxophone

    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III

    1 Percussion I & II:

    Timpani(2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Field Drum
    Tom Toms (2)
    Suspended Cymbals
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Egyptian Finger Cymbals
    Hand Cymbals
    Police Whistle
    Siren Wind Whistle
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Tap Shoes
    Wood Block
    Temple Blocks
    Pop Gun
    Train Whistle
    Metal Pipes (Sword Sound)

    1 Harp
    1 Banjo

    Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score (2 volumes) sent with rehearsal material.)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    32     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Books

  • (in the order of appearance)

    Patrick Dennis
    Miss Poitrine, Today (Older Belle)
    Young Belle
    *Noble Eggelston
    Mrs. Eggelston
    Pinchley Junior
    *Mr. Pinchley
    Bernie Buchsbaum
    Bennie Buchsbaum
    Defense Lawyer
    *Val Du Val
    George Musgrove
    *Fred Poitrine
    German Officer
    *Otto Schnitzler
    *Prince Cherney
    *Noble Junior

    Note: *In the original Broadway production all seven starred parts were played by the same actor. The cast consisted of 37 people, and some doubling was employed in minor parts.

  • LITTLE ME played for 257 performances on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre starring Sid Caesar, Virginia Martin and Nancy Andrews. It has since been revived twice, most recently in 1998 starring Martin Short and Faith Prince.

    Awards (1963)

    The Tony Award for Choreography.
    The Theatre World Award (Swen Swenson).

    Awards (1999)

    The Tony Award for Best Actor.

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