Louis Blore is a washroom attendant in a night club where his secret love, May Daly performs. Having just won the sweepstakes and hoping to declare his love for May openly, Louis accidentally drugs himself, dreams that he is King Louis XV of France and that May is Madame Du Barry. When he wakes up, he knows what to do next.
Louis Blore, attendant in the men’s washroom of the Club Petite in New York, wins $75,000 in the Irish sweeps. Having long had his eye on the star of the floor show, May Daly, Louis seeks to win her away from Alex Barton, the young man to whom she is engaged. He tries to put Alex away with knock-out drops, but mixes up the glasses and drinks the potion himself. During his delirium Louis dreams that he is Louis XIV and that May Daly is Du Barry, his mistress. His unsuccessful pursuit of May continues through the gardens and boudoirs of 18th century Versailles. When he awakens, Louis realizes that he has no chance with May and will have to settle for her friendship.
DU BARRY WAS A LADY
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Herbert Fields and B. G. DeSylva
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1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone
1 Reed III: Oboe (or Cl.), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bsn.), Bassoon & Tenor Saxophone
1 Oboe & English Horn
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone (tenor)
Timpani (2 drums)
Song Bells (low Bells) or Vibes
1 Piano & Celeste
1 Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
Louis Blore, His Most Royal Majesty, The King of France
May Daly, Mme. La Comtesse du Barry
Charley, His Royal Highness, The Dauphin of France
Alice Barton, Mme. La Marquisse Alisande de Vernay
Molly Wincor, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Marquise du Pont L’Eveque
Bill Kelly, Docteur Michel
Mary Gray, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Vicomtesse de Roquefort
Jones, Le Duc de Choiseul
Ruth Frederick, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. Le Princesse Gruyere
Peggy Brown, Starlet of the Club Petite, La Baronne de Brie
Sigana Sigan, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Comtesse de Camembert
Vi Hennessey, Mme. La Duchesse de Villardel
Ann Todd, Starlet of the Club Petite, Mme. La Duchesse de Grammont, Mme. La Duchesse du Coeur Flottant, Dames de la Cour
Ann Barton, Mme. La Duchesse de Grammont
Captain of King’s Guard
11 Dancing boys
23 Dancing girls
DU BARRY WAS A LADY opened in 1939 and played for 408 performances on Broadway at the 46th Street and Royale Theatres starring Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr and Betty Grable. In London’s West End, the show played for 178 performances at His Majesty’s Theatre.
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