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Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929-11-Lyric Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Lyric Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 7 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 254 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Wednesday 27 November 1929
Dernière : Saturday 05 July 1930
Mise en scène : Edgar M. Woolley
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Avec : William Gaxton (Peter Forbes), Genevieve Tobin (Looloo Carroll), Helen Broderick (Violet Hildegarde), Evelyn Hoey (May DeVere), Betty Compton (Joyce Wheeler), Jack Thompson (Michael Cummins), Lester Crawford (Billy Baxter), Dorothy Day (Marcelle Fouchard), Ignatio Martinetti (Louis), Thurston Hall (Emmitt Carroll), Bernice Mershon (Gladys Carroll), Fifi Laimbeer (Sylvia), Gertrude Mudge (Mrs. DeVere), Robert Leonard (Mr. Ira Rosen), Annette Hoffman (Mrs. Rosen), Larry Jason (Junior), Billy Reed (Boule DeNeige), Lou Duthers (Oscar), Mario Villani (M. Pernasse), Jean Del Val (Le Sahib Roussin, Joe Zelli), Mannart Kippen (The Grand Duke Ivan), and Oscar Magis (Maitre d'Hotel)
Presse : Stephen Citron, in his book Noel & Cole, wrote that the musical received mixed reviews, citing critics Brooks Atkinson and Richard Watts who both deemed it "pleasant", saying there was not an "outstanding hit song in the show." Gilbert Gabriel, on the other hand, said it was "the best thing in seven years!" Porter champion Irving Berlin took out an advertisement stating in part: "The best musical comedy I have seen in years..." The show then had what was, for the time, a long run.

According to Charles Schwartz, writing in the biography Cole Porter, the musical's book by Herbert Fields "had a lot to do with capturing the frothy Gallic essence implicit in the title..." and he also noted the "near-perfect cast" and "sure-handed direction" of Monty Wooley.