Lorelei

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Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, LORELEI is a sequel to the famous show about Lorelei Lee, who is now a very wealthy widow. Lorelei is about to set sail on the SS Ile de France when she is reminded of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw. In a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei’s plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.

Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • LORELEI is a revision of the Joseph Fields-Anita Loos book for the 1949 production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and includes many of the Jule Styne-Leo Robin songs written for the original.

    Subtitled Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes, it opens with the title character, a heavily-bejeweled, very wealthy widow, about to set sail on the SS Ile de France. The moment reminds her of a past voyage she took with her best friend and fellow showgirl Dorothy Shaw, and in a flashback we relive their madcap adventures after Lorelei’s plans to marry Gus Esmond are derailed by his father and the two women sail from New York City to Paris and settle in at the Hôtel Ritz.

  • LORELEI
    Based on GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
    New Music by Jule Styne
    New Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
    New Book by Kenny Solms & Gail Parent
    Book by Anita Loos & Joseph Fields
    Music by Jule Styne
    Lyrics by Leo Robin
    Presented on Broadway by Lee Guber and Shelly Gross

    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:

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

  • Instrumentation: 18 Parts

    3 Violins I & II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Oboe, Clarinet, & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Horns I & II
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)
    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (2-Pedal Drums)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Tom Toms
    Bells
    Xylophone
    Cymbals: Hand, 2 Suspended, Hi-Hat, “Choke”, “Sock”
    Wood Block
    Cow Bell
    Triangle
    Slide Whistle
    Boat Whistle (stage)
    Castanets
    Optional for Brass Players in “Chile” Number
    Tin Shaker
    Jaw Bone
    Claves
    Gourd
    1 Guitar-Banjo
    Piano-Celeste

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    23     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Books

  • Gus Esmond
    Lorelei Lee
    Dorothy Shaw
    Mrs. Ella Spofford
    George
    Josephus Gage
    Henry Spofford
    Lord Francis Beekman
    Lady Phyllis Beekman
    Robert Lemantier
    Louis Lemantier
    Simone Duval
    Mr. Esmond, Senior

    Ile De France:
    Steward
    Bartender
    Pierre (A Steward)
    Charles (A Steward)

    Hotel Ritz:
    Bellhop (S)

    Pre-Catalin Club:
    Master of Ceremonies
    Headwaiter
    Announcer

    Central Park Casino:
    Announcer

    Radio:
    Engineer

    Chorus & Dancers:
    Ship’s Personnel, Passengers, Tourists, Olympic Team Members, Night Club Maître d’, Showgirls, Gendarme, Bridesmaids and Wedding Guests

  • LORELEI opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, January 27, 1974 and played for 320 performances starring Carol Channing in the title role.

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