Irma La Douce

by  David Heneker, Monty Norman, Julian More, Alexander Breffort, Marguerite Monnot

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  20m, 1f

Irma is one of Paris' most successful poules (tarts). She falls in love with Nestor, a penniless law student. She decides for the first time in her life she will have a mec (pimp). Nestor is jealous of Irma's customers and decides he must become her only buyer, so he disguises himself as Monsieur Oscar, a rich old fossil who asks only companionship, yet provides enough grisbi (money) to become her exclusive patron.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    20m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Irma is one of Paris' most successful poules (tarts). She falls in love with Nestor, a penniless law student. She decides for the first time in her life she will have a mec (pimp). Nestor is jealous of Irma's customers and decides he must become her only buyer, so he disguises himself as Monsieur Oscar, a rich old fossil who asks only companionship, yet provides enough grisbi (money) to become her exclusive patron.

Nestor soon becomes exhausted from his numerous jobs, studies, and lovemaking. Irma decides that Oscar is not getting his money's worth and seduces him more passionately than she ever has Nestor. This makes him more jealous than ever and he decides that Oscar must die. However, in killing-off his alias, Nestor is convicted of murder and sentenced to Devil's Island. When he learns Irma is with child he escapes on a raft and finally proves (by paying off the judge) that he and Oscar are one and the same - all this in time to witness the birth of his child on Christmas Eve.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Paris, France

    Devil's Island

    At Sea

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

20m, 1f

21 roles, 9 principals.

  • Irma, a dancer who sings and acts (the only female part in the show).
  • Bob-le-Hotu, singing storyteller, character man.
  • Nestor, romantic lead, good voice, little dancing, double role as older man with different voice and character.

Other "mecs", gendarmes, prisoners, admirers; bar patrons are the all male chorus roles.

They usually perform as a group, should include several good solo voices and a couple of lead dancers.

Total cast - 21

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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23 Libretti

23 vocal scores

2 Piano/Conductor scores

Bass

Accordian

Flute/Picollo

Cornet

Clarinet/Sax

Percussion

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Authors

David Heneker

David Heneker

Monty Norman

Monty Norman

Julian More

Julian More

Alexander Breffort

Alexander Breffort

Marguerite  Monnot

Marguerite Monnot

Théâtre Gramont, Paris - 12 November, 1956
Saville Theatre, London - 17 July, 1958
Plymouth Theatre. Broadway 29 September, 1960 (527 perfs)

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