FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN

Genre: Musical
Music/lyrics by Cole Porter, Directed by Barbara Vann

Medicine Show artistic director Obie-award winner Barbara Vann will appear in and directs the production. Other cast members are Jarrod Bates, Cari Bell, Robert Bellsey, Mark J. Dempsey, Beth Griffith, Richard Gross, Michael Levi Harris, Renee Hermiz, Maria Hoffmann, Evan Kaplan, Richard Keyser, Gulshan Mia, Marvin Riggins, Becca Shimkin. Andrew Sotomayor is musical director, conducting a live band including Jake Lloyd on keyboards.

 

This was Cole Porter's first successful full-length score. It includes hits like You Do Something to MeYou've Got That Thing and Find Me a Primitive Man. The show originally opened at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway in November 1929, just one month after the stock market crash, and was designed to be enormous fun. At the time, fellow great song writer Irving Berlin called it, "The best musical comedy I've seen in years." Medicine Show staged a version back in 1983, which reviewers said was "highly effective" filled with "antic cheerfulness" and "knocking over wisecracks." The title is a reference to a hit, not by Cole Porter, called Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong. The plot revolves around the tale of an ex-pat American millionaire in Paris who, on a bet, must woo a young woman he adores while pretending to be penniless.

 

Medicine Show's most recent Cole Porter musical, last season's Paris, garnered rave reviews. The Travalanche website called it "funny and farcical" and Talent in Motion magazine said, "We loved the show."


About the Company: Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble

Is a Company of professional theatre artists dedicated to offering creative alternatives to conventional theatre by creating and presenting works that experiment with languge, music, movement, form and ideas, and meld the strengths of theatrical tradition with innovation. We offer provocative theater for professional theatergoers!

The works are chosen to delight the mind, honor creativity, confound empty convention, encourage active compassion and present the many facets of the American experience within a global community. We are committed to the belief in theater as an art form that inspires, challenges, questions and entertains. This commitment is reflected in our choice of repertory and the multi-ethnic composition of the Emsemble.

Preview:   10/24/12
Open:   10/27/12
Close:   11/18/12

Schedule:
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.
Theater:   Medicine Show Theatre
Address:   549 West 52nd Srteet, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:Tickets are $18.00 for general admission, $14.00 for seniors and students.
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Company: Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble         Official Web Site: www.medicineshowtheatre.org