ILLYA DARLING is based on Jules Dassin’s 1960 film Never on Sunday. The story follows Illya, a prostitute in the port town of Piraeus outside Athens, and Homer Thrace, an American pursuing the glories of ancient Greece.
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Illya, a carefree prostitute, plies her trade in the port town of Piraeus outside Athens. With no set rates, no pimp, and an inclination to sleep only with men she likes, she differs dramatically from the other local ladies-of-the-evening. Their pimp, Garbage, works for the mysterious No Face, who charges the girls exorbitant rents. Into her life comes Homer Thrace, a priggish American in search of the glories of Ancient Greece. Attracted by Illya’s physical charms, he decides to teach her about the classics and to help her become a cultured lady, while she in turn introduces him to sensual pleasures. Homer’s lesson plan is to separate her from her friends and the virile Tonio. Neither ends up happier.
Book by Jules Dassin
Music by Manos Hadjidakis
Lyrics by Joe Darion
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Instrumentation: 18 Parts
1 Reed I: Piccolo Flute, Flute, Alto Flute (or “C” Flute), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone (and optional Oboe & English Horn)
1 Reed III: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone (and optional Flute & Bassoon)
2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
2 Percussion I & II
Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
Cymbals – Suspended Choke
Hand Cymbals (2 sets)
Finger Cymbals (C-F-G)
Temple Blocks (4)
1 Guitar (with banjo cues)
2 Mandolin I & II (doubling banjo)
2 Bouzouki I & II
Piano, Harpsichord & Cordovox
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
(In Order of Appearance)
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ILLYA DARLING opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, April 11, 1967 and played for 320 performances starring Melina Mercouri and Orson Bean.
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