Little Me


LITTLE ME is based on Patrick Dennis’s comic novel Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine. The show follows Belle’s career — from humble beginnings, through a series of advantageous marriages, to a diva’s life of luxury. Originally tailored to the talents of Sid Caesar, the show featured choreography by Bob Fosse.

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  • 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 Belles: 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:

    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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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

    2 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.)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/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.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. “Here’s To Us” – Southampton
    3. “The Truth” – Older Belle, Patrick, & Men
    4. Tracks – Underscore
    5. Garbage – Orchestra
    6. I Love You Themes “A”, “B”, and “C” – Orchestra
    7. “The Other Side of The Tracks” – Young Belle
    7a. Tag: “Other Side of The Tracks” – Chorus
    8. “Rich Kids Rag” – Chorus
    9. I Love Theme – Orchestra
    10. “I Love You” – Young Belle, Noble, & Chorus
    11. Tracks Scene Change – Orchestra
    12. Reprise: “Other Side of The Tracks” – Young Belle
    13. “Deep Down Inside” (Section I) – Young Belle, Pinchley, & Junior
    13a. “Deep Down Inside” (Section II) – Young Belle, Pinchley, & Chorus
    13b. Tag: “Deep Down Inside” – Pinchley
    14. Newsboy – Orchestra
    15. “Be A Performer” – Benny & Bernie
    15a. Stingers – Orchestra
    16. “Oh! Dem Doggone Dimples” – Young Belle & Men
    16a. Dimples Bows – Orchestra
    17. Val Fanfare – Orchestra
    17a. Boom Boom Intro. & Play-on – Orchestra
    17b. “Boom Boom” – Val & Girls
    17c. Boom Boom Bows – Orchestra
    17d. Drum Cue – Orchestra
    18. “I’ve Got Your Number” – George
    18a. I’ve Got Your Number (Dance) – Orchestra
    19. Doughboy Party – Orchestra
    20. Intro: Real Live Girl – Orchestra
    20a. “Real Live Girl” – Fred
    20b. Drum Cue – Orchestra
    21. Production: “Real Live Girl” – Men
    22. “Boom Boom Wartime” – Young Belle & Val
    23. I Love Theme – Orchestra
    23a. I Love Theme – Orchestra
    24. Finale Act I – Young Belle

    Act II

    25. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    25a. “Here’s To Us” – Southampton
    26. I Love Theme – Orchestra
    27. “I Love Sinking You” – Young Belle, Noble & Chorus
    28. “Poor Little Hollywood Star” – Young Belle
    28a. Playoff: Hollywood Star – Orchestra
    29. Reprise: “Be A Performer” – Benny & Bernie
    29a. Performer Scene Change – Orchestra
    30. “Little Me” – Older Belle & Young Belle
    31. Background for Casino – Orchestra
    32. “Goodbye” (Section I) – Prince & Chorus
    32a. “Goodbye” (Section II) – Prince & Chorus
    32b. Tag: “Goodbye” – Prince
    33. Drunken Governor Impeached – Orchestra
    34. “Here’s To Us” – Older Belle & Chorus
    35. Sad Love Theme – Orchestra
    36. I Love Theme – Orchestra
    37. Finale Act II – Orchestra
    38. Bows – Entire Company
    39. Exit Music – Orchestra

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