Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, September 18, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Gigi

It’s a Paris kind of day – so we start with the 1973 Broadway version of Lerner and Loewe’s 1958 film classic, Gigi. Taking place around the turn of the last century, Gigi tells the story of a young girl who captures the love of the bon vivant bachelor Gaston Lachaille.

It’s only played for 103 performances, but won the Tony for best musical score. It’s hard when your source material is one of the classic film musicals.

Music: Frederick Loewe
Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Book: Alan Jay Lerner
Basis: Novel by Colette

We’ll stay in Paris with another Broadway musical based on a film. Victor, Victoria is set in Paris in the Roaring 20’s, when an unemployed soprano (Victoria) pretends to be a Polish count (Victor) who is a female impersonator.

Music: Henry Mancini and Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn
Book: Blake Edwards
Basis: 1982 film Victor Victoria, which was a remake of the German film comedy Viktor und Viktoria shot by Reinhold Schünzel in 1933 from his own script.

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