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Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • Mainstage
  • May 9 - 13, 2012
  • Tickets Start At $25

  • Overview


    Music by Jule Styne
    Lyrics by Leo Robin
    Book by Anita Loos and Joseph Fields
    Adapted from the novel by Anita Loos
    Starring Phillip Attmore, Steven Boyer,
    Brennan Brown, Stephen R. Buntrock,
    Jared Grimes, Megan Hilty, Simon Jones,
    Aaron Lazar, Deborah Rush,
    Sandra Shipley, Megan Sikora,
    Clarke Thorell, Rachel York

    Directed by John Rando

    Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows the madcap adventures of the original “dumb blonde,” Lorelei Lee, as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw. As Dorothy puts it, the gold-digging Lorelei is “the only girl in the world who can stand on a stage with a spotlight in her eye and still see a diamond inside a man’s pocket.” Based on Anita Loos’ bestselling novel of the same name, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made a star of Carol Channing on Broadway and later cemented Marilyn Monroe’s status as an American film icon and sex symbol in the 1953 screen version. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is the crown jewel in a score that sparkles with songs like “Bye, Bye, Baby,” “A Little Girl from Little Rock” and “I Love What I’m Doing (When I’m Doing it for Love).” The original production, directed by John C. Wilson and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 8, 1949, and played a total of 740 performances.

    Megan Hilty is a Blonde's Best Friend (PDF)

    Production Generously Supported by:

    Roz and Jerry Meyer

    Encores! Season Sponsors
    Newman's Own Foundation
    Stephanie & Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
    Stacey and Eric Mindich
    Daryl and Steven Roth

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