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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

(Revived in 1974 as Lorelei)

by Jule Styne, Leo Robin, Joseph Fields and Anita Loos

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes




Based on the novel of the same name - best known for featuring the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and introducing Carol Channing to Broadway audiences.


Story:

Lorelei Lee boards an ocean liner headed for France with her friend Dorothy Shaw. En route, the girls meet a number of accommodating gentlemen, including Sir Francis Beekmen, who looses a Tiara to Lorelei and Henry Spofford, who loses his heart to Dorothy.


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Composer

Composer
Jule Styne

Lyricist

Lyricist
Leo Robin

Librettist

Librettist
Joseph Fields

Librettist

Librettist
Anita Loos



  • Premiere
  • 1974
  • 1995
  • 1953 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Zigfeld Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 8, 1949
Total Performances
740
Original Cast
Carol Channing, Yvonne Adair, Jack McCauley, Eric Brotherson, Alice Pearce, Rex Evans, Anita Alvarez, George S. Irving, Mort Marshall, Howard Morris, Charles "Honi" Coles, Cholly Atkins
Director
John C. Wilson
Choreographer
Agnes de Mille
Producer
Herman Levin and Oliver Smith

1974 Broadway Revival

Musical Name
Lorelei
Theatre
Palace Theatre
Opening Night
Jan 27, 1974
Total Performances
320
Original Cast
Carol Channing, Tamara Long, Peter Palmer, Lee Roy Reams, Jack Fletcher
Director
Robert Moore
Choreographer
Ernest O. Flatt
New Book
Kenny Solms and Gail Parent
New Lyrics
Betty Comden and Adolph Green

1995 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Lyceum Theatre
Opening Night
April 10, 1995
Total Performances
24
Original Cast
K. T. Sullivan, Karen Prunczik, George Dvorsky, Allen Fitzpatrick, David Ponting
Director
Charles Repole
Choreographer
Michael Lichtefeld
Producer
National Actors Theatre, Michael P. Price, Manny Kladitis
Orchestrations
Doug Besterman
Scenic Design
Eduardo Sicangco
Costume Design
Eduardo Sicangco
Lighting Design
Kirk Bookman
Sound Design
T. Richard Fitzgerald

1953 Film Version

Movie Name
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Howard Hawks
Screenplay
Charles Lederer
Starring
Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
2012 Encores Cast Album starring Megan Hilty

CD
1974 Broadway Revival Cast Album of Lorelei

CD
1995 Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Books

Book
Novel by Anita Loos


Other

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1974 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actress in a Musical: Carol Channing

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