Musical (1938)

Musique: Cole Porter
Paroles: Cole Porter
Livret: Bella Spewack • Samuel Spewack
Production à la création:

Leave It to Me! is a 1938 musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The book was a collaborative effort by Samuel and Bella Spewack, who also directed the Broadway production. The musical was based on the play Clear All Wires by the Spewacks, which was performed on Broadway for 93 performances in 1932, and which was filmed in 1933, starring Lee Tracy, Benita Hume, Una Merkel and James Gleason.
Set in Stalinist Russia in the 1930s, with Stalin himself appearing at the end, in the Cold War era after World War II its comic treatment of Soviets and Nazis seemed misplaced, and the show was not revived until the late 1980s.
Mary Martin made her Broadway debut in this musical, which introduced the songs "Get Out of Town" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."

In the late 1930s, aging businessman Alonzo "Stinky" Goodhue has become the American ambassador to the Soviet Union. The job was secured for him by his social-climbing wife, Leora, who helped to fund Franklin Roosevelt's re-election campaign. However, "Stinky" has no desire to live in Stalinist Russia. He is longing for the pleasures of his home in Topeka, Kansas, especially banana splits. He hopes his tenure as ambassador will be a short one. Meanwhile, an ambitious newspaper reporter, Buckley J. "Buck" Thomas, is employed to discredit Goodhue by his publisher who wants to be the ambassador himself. When Thomas and Goodhue realise they both have the same aims, they work together.
Goodhue plans to make major diplomatic gaffes, which will be publicised by Thomas. He delivers an inflammatory speech, but is hailed for his courage. He kicks the Ambassador of Nazi Germany, to the delight of the Soviets. He then attempts to shoot a Soviet official, but hits a counter-revolutionary aristocrat instead. Each time he ends up being hailed as a hero (in a parody of diplomatic speak, the British ambassador says "Britain views your deed [kicking the Nazi] with pride and alarm, congratulates and condemns you, and will now perform its breathtaking triple loop, suspended by a single wire, sitting in a tub of water."). His recall seems further away than ever.
In a subplot, Buck Thomas is involved with his boss's "protégée", the free-spirited Dolly Winslow. He falls in love with Colette, one of Goodhue's daughters. He has to extract himself from Dolly to win Colette. Dolly eventually finds herself stranded at a railroad station in Siberia. She slowly takes off her furs to admirers as she sings of her flirtations, but insists "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", referring to her "sweet millionaire" sugar-daddy.
The ambassador finally resolves to give up his tricks and tries to promote good relations between the United States and the Soviet Union; however his sincere attempts to improve matters now go disastrously wrong. He finally gets his wish to be recalled back to Topeka.

The musical had pre-Broadway tryouts at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven, starting on October 13, 1938 and then at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, starting on October 17, 1938.
It opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on November 9, 1938 and closed on July 15, 1939 after 291 performances. It reopened on September 4, 1939 and closed September 16, 1939 for another 16 performances. The choreography was by Robert Alton, costumes by Raoul Pene du Bois, set by Albert Johnson, and Ernest K. Gann was the General Manager. The cast featured William Gaxton, Victor Moore, Sophie Tucker, Mary Martin, Tamara Drasin, and Alexander Asro. In his first Broadway show, Gene Kelly had a role as a dancer and Secretary to Mr. Goodhue. The original production ended with the appearance of Joseph Stalin, who led a final dance to the Soviet anthem The Internationale. After the signing of the Nazi-Soviet pact, Stalin was dropped from the show.
The Equity Library Theater in New York City presented a revival of the show – the first time it was revived in the United States – in March 1988. The "Musicals Tonight!" series, New York City, held a staged concert in March 2001. 42nd Street Moon Theatre Company, San Francisco, presented the musical in November–December 2001.

Act 1
"How Do You Spell Ambassador?" - Reporters
"We Drink to You, J.H. Hardy" - Buckley Joyce Thomas and Guests
"Vite, Vite, Vite" - Porters and Girls
"I'm Taking the Steps to Russia" - Mrs. Goodhue, Mrs. Goodhue's Daughters, Secretaries to Mr. Goodhue and Les Girls
"Get Out of Town" - Colette
"When It's All Said and Done" - Buckley Joyce Thomas, Dolly Winslow and Les Girls
"Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love" - Mrs. Goodhue, Mrs. Goodhue's Daughters and Secretaries to Mr. Goodhue
"Comrade Alonzo" - Ensemble

Act 2
"From Now On" - Buckley Joyce Thomas and Colette
"I Want to Go Home" - Alonzo P. Goodhue
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - Dolly Winslow
"Tomorrow" - Mrs. Goodhue and Ensemble
"Far, Far Away" - Buckley Joyce Thomas and Colette
"From the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R." - Alonzo P. Goodhue, Mrs. Goodhue and Mrs. Goodhue's Daughters

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Leave It to Me! (1938-07-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 10 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 307 représentations
Première Preview : 09 November 1938
Première: 09 November 1938
Dernière: 16 September 1939
Mise en scène : Samuel Spewack
Chorégraphie : Robert Alton
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Ruth Bond (First Secretary), Beverly Hosier (Second Secretary), William Gaxton (Buckley, aka Buck, Joyce Thomas), William Lilling (First Reporter), Walter Monroe (Second Reporter), Mary Martin (Dolly Winslow), Edward H. Robins (J. H. Brody), Sophie Tucker (Mrs. Goodhue); Mr. and Mrs. Goodhue’s Daughters: April, Mildred Chenaval, Ruth Daye, Audrey Palmer, and Kay Picture; Chett Bree (Reporter), George E. Mack (Photographer, Japanese Ambassador), Walter Armin (French Conductor, French Ambassador, Stalin), James W. Carr (Chauffeur), Victor Moore (Alonzo P. Goodhue); Secretaries to Mr. Goodhue: Gene Kelly, Maurice Kelly, Roy Ross, Jack Seymour, Jack Stanton, and Walter B. Long Jr.; Eugene Sigaloff (Prince Alexander Tomofsky), Dean Carlton (Jerry Granger), Tamara (aka Tamara Drasin) (Colette), Joseph Kallini (Kostya), Peter Lopouhin (Peasant, Latvian Minister), Alexander Asro (Sozanoff), John Eliot (Military Attache), John Panter (Naval Attache); Secretaries: Roy Ross and Jack Seymour; Michael Forbes (Decorator), Thomas Jafollo (Decorator, Italian Ambassador), Don Cortez (Waiter), Hans Hansen (German Ambassador), J. Colville Dunn (British Ambassador), Charles Campbell (Mackenzie), Matthew Vodnoy (Graustein), Ivan Izmailov (Folkin), Stanton Bier (Secretary), Alexis Bolan (Foreign Minister); The Buccaneers: Don Cortez, John Eliot, Michael Forbes, Eddie Heisler, Tom Jafolla, William Lilling, Walter Munroe, John Panter; Guests: Monica Bannister, Adele Jergens, Ruth Joseph, Evelyn Kelly, Viva Selwood, Frances Tannehill, Evelyn Bonefine; Les Girls: Vickie Belling, Dorothy Benson, Ruth Bond, Pearl Harris, Beverly Hosier, Dorothea Jackson, Nancy Lee, June LeRoy, Evelyn Moser, Mary Ann Parker, Barbara Pond, Jean Scott, Lawrie Shevlin, Zynaid Spencer, Marie Vanneman, Marie Vaughan
Commentaires : Le musical s'interrompt le 15 juillet 1939 pour 4 semines de "vacances d'été"…
Il devait réouvrir le 14 août, mais suite à un problème syndical lié à Sophie Tucker, il ne pourra rouvrir que le 4 septembre et ne tiendra l'affiche que jusqu'au 16 septembre.

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