VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Irma La Douce, 1960

By Megan Dekic
07 May 2014

The City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce, starring Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure, begins its limited run May 7. The Playbill Vault looks back at the musical's bow on Broadway.



Irma La Douce opened at the Plymouth (now Gerald Schoenfeld) Theatre Sept. 29, 1960. The cast featured Elizabeth Seal as Irma, Keith Michell as Nestor and Clive Revill as Bob-Le-Hotu, the narrator. A young Elliott Gould appeared in the ensemble.

The production received a positive review from the New York Times' Howard Taubman. "If generous, trusting Irma-La-Douce is enough for the milieu," he wrote, "she is all that the stage of the Plymouth Theatre will require for a long while."

The musical ran for 524 performances before closing Dec. 31, 1961. A non-musical film version was made in 1963 starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.

Read a Playbill from the 1960 production in the Vault.