The musical was staged according to the book of the same name by Anita Loos and Joseph Fields. For the first time it was opened on Broadway in 1949. It was closed in 1951 and included 740 performances. The producers were Herman Levin and Oliver Smith, the director – John C. Wilson. Choreography was staged by Agnes de Mille.
Carol Channing starred as Lorelei, and it brought her everyone's recognition and made her a star. Yvonne Adair acted her friend, Dorothy Shaw.
In the West End at the Princess Theatre, the musical was opened in 1962. The main part was acted by Dora Bryan. The subsequent theatricals on Broadway took place in 1974 and 1995. The first musical revival ran at the Palace Theatre and Carol Channing acted the main part again, which brought her a Tony Award nomination, as the Best Actress in a Musical. The second one opened at The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut and starred the American singer and actress KT Sullivan as the blonde.
In 1953, the same named musical film was released. The director was Howard Hawks. Inimitable Marilyn Monroe acted as Lorelei, and beautiful Jane Russell – as her friend. Marilyn's fee for the movie was $11 250 while the actress Betty Grable, who originally had to play the charming blonde, demanded $150 000. Two years later, there was a second part of the movie – "Gentlemen marry brunettes", not making such a big success among the audience as the first one.
Release date: 1949
Last Update:March, 09th 2016
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Lyrics
- Act 1
- It's High Time
- Bye Bye Baby
- A Little Girl From Little Rock
- I Love What I'm Doing
- Just A Kiss Apart
- The Practice Scherzo
- It's Delightful Down In Chile
- I'm A 'Tingle, I'm A 'Glow
- You Say You Care
- Act 2
- Mamie Is Mimi
- Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- Homesick Blues
- Keeping Cool With Coolidge