Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Original Broadway Production (1949)

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Cast Highlights

Dorothy Shaw
Lorelei Lee
Gus Esmond
Sir Francis Beekman
Mrs. Ella Spofford
Henry Spofford
Josephus Gage
Gloria Stark
Robert Lemanteur
Louis Lemanteur, his son

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Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • Overture .... Orchestra
  • It's High Time .... Dorothy and Ensemble
  • Bye, Bye Baby .... Gus and Lorelei
  • Bye, Bye Baby (Reprise) .... Gus and Ensemble
  • A Little Girl From Little Rock .... Lorelei
  • I Love What I'm Doing .... Dorothy
  • Dance .... Bill, Dorothy and Ensemble
  • Just a Kiss Apart .... Henry
  • It's Delightful Down in Chile .... Lorelei, Sir Francis, Show Girls and Male Ensemble
  • Sunshine .... Henry and Dorothy
  • In the Champs de Mars .... Ensemble
  • Dance .... Gloria and Taxi Driver
  • Sunshine (Reprise) .... Ensemble
  • I'm A'Tingle, I'm A'Glow .... Mr. Gage
  • House on Rittenhouse Square .... Dorothy
  • You Say You Care .... Henry
  • Finaletto .... Lorelei and Ensemble

Act Two

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  • Entr'acte .... Orchestra
  • Bye, Bye Baby (Reprise) .... Dancing Ensemble
  • Mamie Is Mimi .... Gloria with Coles and Atkins
  • Coquette .... The Tenor and Show Girls
  • Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend .... Lorelei
  • You Say You Care (Reprise) .... Dorothy and Henry
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes .... Lorelei and Gus
  • Homesick Blues .... Lorelei, Dorothy, Gus, Henry, Mrs. Spofford, and Mr. Gage
  • Keeping Cool with Coolidge .... Dorothy, Bill and Ensemble
  • Button Up with Esmond .... Lorelei, Show Girls and Ensemble
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Reprise) .... Lorelei, Gus and Ensemble
  • Bye, Bye, Baby (Reprise) .... Entire Company

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Trivia & History

The casting of the role of Lorelei caused many delays. Originally, Judy Holliday was approached early in the show's development. Later, June Havoc and Betty Hutton were both asked to play Lorelei. The production team was reluctant to cast any of the other roles until Lorelei, the pivotal role, was cast. But by the beginning of August, time was running out. Rehearsals were set to begin on August 22, no cast was in place, and stars were unwilling to commit to the show. To stay on schedule for the Broadway opening and keep the tryout dates, the producers signed Carol Channing. Channing was not as big a star as the other three actresses considered, but she had been thrust into the limelight after her turn in the hit revue Lend an Ear the year before.

Because of this delay, rehearsals were pushed back by a month and the tryout dates were rescheduled as well.

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