IRMA LA DOUCE



Composer: Marguerite Monnot
Lyricists: French lyrics by Alexandre Breffort; English lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker, and Monty Norman

Opened: November 12, 1956, Theatre Gramont, Paris; July 17, 1958, Lyric Theatre, London; September 29, 1960, Plymouth Theatre, N.Y.C.
Performances: ? (Paris); 1512 (London); 524 (New York)

Note: Only numbers not found on the original Broadway cast recording are noted below.


Because (used in the original French and certain other foreign language productions):

1. Irma La Douce, 10"/Cetra CLV 0607 (Vittorio Gassman, Andrea Bonucci, Vittorio Congia, Dino Curcio, and Mario Maranzana with orchestra conducted by Mario Schisa)
2. Irma La Douce, Vega 16.089/90 (Rene Dupuy with music conducted by Fred Alban) [reissued as CD/Vega 465 826-2]
3. Irma La Douce, Artone (S) BPI S-15553 (Peter Aryans and the cast with orchestra conducted by Henk van Dijk)
4. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Patrick Rocca and cast with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Bougre D'Ordure (used in at least the 2001 Beluga-Opera Comique production):

1. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Frédéric Longbois with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Bravo! (cut; reinstated in certain productions):

1. Irma La Douce, Plum PMC 6002 (Jo-Ann Pezarro and Peter Durkin with orchestra directed by Jacobus Swart)
2. Irma La Douce, RCA Red Seal 30,122 (Heather Lloyd-Jones and Robert Haber with orchestra directed by Jack Dent)


C'est Dur A Croire Qu'il Est Plus La ("It's Hard To Believe He's No Longer There" using same music as "Our Language Of Love") (used in the original French production):

1. Irma La Douce, Vega 16.089/90 (Colette Renard with music conducted by Fred Alban) [reissued as CD/Vega 465 826-2]


Un Cave, Un Seul, Pas Exigeant ("A Sucker, Just One, Not Demanding") (used in the original French production):

1. Irma La Douce, Vega 16.089/90 (Franck Fernandel and Colette Renard with music conducted by Fred Alban) [reissued as CD/Vega 465 826-2]
2. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Clotilde Courau and Arnaud Giovaninetti with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Ce Mec Là Dégomme (used in at least the 2001 Beluga-Opera Comique production):

1. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Cast and Chorus with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Dream Of Home (used in 1961 South African production):

1. Irma La Douce, RCA Red Seal 30,122 (Siegfried Mynhardt with orchestra directed by Jack Dent)


Il A Raison ("He's Right") (used in the original French production):

1. Irma La Douce, Vega 16.089/90 (Cast with music conducted by Fred Alban) [reissued as CD/Vega 465 826-2]


Il N'a Pas Tort ("He's Not Wrong") (used in the 2001 Beluga-Opera Comique production):

1. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Cast and chorus with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Irma La Douce Theme (aka "Look Again") (M: Andre Previn; L: Dory Previn) (written for the 1963 film version with lyrics written for exploitation only):

1. 45/Epic 5-9609 (Adam Wade with orchestra conducted by Ray Ellis)
2. 45/Kapp K-545 (Roger Williams with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael)
3. 45/Liberty F-55620 (Vikki Carr with orchestra conducted by Bob Florence) [also found on It Must Be Him, Liberty 7533; reissued as It Must Be Him/The Way Of Today!, CD/EMI 854544]
4. Irma La Douce, United Artists (S) UAS-5109 (orchestra conducted by Andre Previn) [reissued on CD/Ryco RCO 10729]
5. Jack Lemmon Plays Piano Selections From Irma La Douce, Capitol (S) ST 1943 (Jack Lemmon, piano, with orchestra conduced by Jack Marshall)


Je Cherche Qui ("I'm Looking For Whom") (used in the original French production):

1. Irma La Douce, Vega 16.089/90 (Colette Renard with music conducted by Fred Alban) [reissued as CD/Vega 465 826-2]
2. Irma La Douce, CD/EMI Music France 724353632427 (Clotilde Courau with music conducted by Gerard Daguerre)


Little Birdie (M: Andre Previn; L: I.A.L. Diamond) (written for the 1963 film version):

1. Irma La Douce, United Artists (S) UAS-5109 (orchestra conducted by Andre Previn) [reissued on CD/Ryco RCO 10729]
2. Jack Lemmon Plays Piano Selections From Irma La Douce, Capitol (S) ST 1943 (Jack Lemmon, piano, with orchestra conduced by Jack Marshall)


Let's Pretend Love (M: Andre Previn; L: Dory Previn) (written for the 1963 film version):

1. Irma La Douce, United Artists (S) UAS-5109 (orchestra conducted by Andre Previn) [reissued on CD/Ryco RCO 10729]
2. Jack Lemmon Plays Piano Selections From Irma La Douce, Capitol (S) ST 1943 (Jack Lemmon, piano, with orchestra conduced by Jack Marshall)


Tres Formidable (used in the 1977 South African production):

1. Irma La Douce, Plum PMC 6002 (Robin Dolton, Timothy Parkes, and Joey Wishnia with orchestra directed by Jacobus Swart)


Tres Tres Snob (used in the London production and replaced with "Sons Of France" in New York):

1. Irma La Douce, Philips BBL 7274 (Ronald Barker, John East, David Evans, Frank Olegario, and Gary Raymond with orchestra conducted byAlexander Faris) [reissued on Expresso Bongo/Irma La Douce, CD/Must Close Saturday Records MCSR 3043]


Who Am I? (used in the 1961 South African production):

1. Irma La Douce, RCA Red Seal 30,122 (Robert Haber with orchestra directed by Jack Dent)