Ben Franklin in Paris

Original Broadway Production (1964)

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Cast Highlights

Benjamin Franklin
Temple Franklin
Benjamin Franklin Bache
Madame La Comtesse Diane de Vobrillac
David Lord Stormont
Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais
Pedro Count de Aranda
Janine Nicolet
Abbe de Morellet
Captain Wickes

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Act One

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  • We Sail the Seas .... American Sailors
  • I Invented Myself .... Ben and Company
  • Too Charming .... Ben and Diane
  • Whatever Became of Old Temple .... Temple
  • Half the Battle .... Ben, Benny, Temple and Beaumarchais
  • A Balloon Is Ascending .... Company
  • To Be Alone With You .... Ben, Diane and Company
  • You're in Paris .... Janine, Temple and Company
  • How Laughable It Is .... Diane
  • Hic Haec Hoc .... Monks
  • God Bless the Human Elbow .... Ben, Pedro, Beaumarchais and Monks

Act Two

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  • When I Dance with the Person I Love .... Janine
  • Diane Is .... Ben
  • Look for Small Pleasures .... Ben and Diane
  • I Love the Ladies .... Ben, Captain Wickes, Beaumarchais, Temple and Sailors
  • To Be Alone With You (Reprise) .... Ben

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Trivia & History

In February 1965, it was announced that Ben Franklin in Paris would transfer to another theatre on April 10 to make way for the highly anticipated Frank Loesser-Sam Spewack-Bob Fosse musical Pleasures and Palaces, which was to open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 19. Then Pleasures and Palaces, which was in trouble during its pre-Broadway run at the Fisher in Detroit, postponed its Broadway opening to May 10, and an additional tryout run in Boston was scheduled. That postponement allowed Ben Franklin in Paris to remain in the Lunt-Fontanne till May 1. Soon, however, it was announced that Pleasures and Palaces would close down completely after the Detroit run ended on April 10, but Ben Franklin in Paris still ended up closing on May 1. Bajour was the next tenant the Lunt-Fontanne, re-opening there on May 10, having moved from the Shubert, where it was replaced by The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd.

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