Irene

Broadway Revival (1973)

Trivia & History

Following the success of No, No, Nanette (1971), Constance Montgomery (widow of librettist James Montgomery) suggested to producer Harry Rigby that Irene would be a good property to revive.


Harry Rigby initially did a revision of the book and then brought in Hugh Wheeler and Joseph Stein to revise his revision.


Billy De Wolfe was cast as Madame Lucy, but left the production shortly after rehearsals started due to illness. He died of lung cancer on March 5, 1974.

Early announcements stated that Natalie Schafer would be in the cast, but this did not come to pass. Presumably she would have played Emmeline Marshall.



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