Musical (1965)

Musique: Sandy Wilson
Paroles: Sandy Wilson
Livret: Sandy Wilson
Production à la création:

Divorce Me, Darling! is a nostalgic and amusing take-off of the musical comedies of the 1930s and a sequel to the technique used in The Boy Friend for the 1920s. The charming young pupils of Mme Dubonnet's finishing school who married their respective "boy friends" now come together again after ten years of marriage at the Hotel du Paradis in Nice. But the initial euphoria of married life has worn off and as they sing and dance their way through some catchy numbers events are misconstrued and partners change until everyone wants a divorce. The situation is finally taken in hand by Mme Dubonnet, alias Madame K the cabaret singer, and her long-lost husband Percy. Having saved the President's life, Percy is reunited with Mme Dubonnet and this sets the trend, nature doing the rest. As the "girls" return to their husbands each makes the startling announcement that there are several more happy events pending!

Synopsis complet

Divorce Me, Darling ran for 91 performances at London's Globe Theatre in 1965. It had its U.S. premiere at the Arena Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, Texas, in 1984. It played at the Chichester Festival Theatre in July 1997, featuring Ruthie Henshall as Polly.

It is still occasionally revived at both an amateur and professional level, sometimes as a double bill with The Boy Friend.

Overture - Orchestra
Here We Are In Nice Again - Dulcie, Nancy, Fay, Hortense, Ensemble
Whatever Happened To Love? - Polly, Dulcie, Nancy, Fay
Someone To Dance With - Bobby, Ensemble
Lights! Music! - Mme Dubonnet, Ensemble
Maisie - Marcel, Pierre, Alphonse
Back To Nature - Lady Brockhurst, Sir Freddy, Cecelia, Prunella, Felicity
On The Loose - Lord Brockhurst, Dulcie, Nancy, Fay
Paradise Hotel - Hortense, Gaston, Hotel Staff
No Harm Done - Bobby, Polly
Together Again - Tony, Polly, Maisie, Bobby
Divorce Me, Darling! - Polly, Bobby, Tony, Maisie, Dulcie, Alphonse, Fay, Marcel, Nancy, Pierre
Here Am I - Hannah
Out Of Step - Bobby, Maisie, Ensemble
Lights! Music! (reprise) - Mme Dubonnet, Hortense
Fancy Forgetting (reprise) - Hortense, Mme Dubonnet
Together Again (reprise) - Percival, Mme Dubonnet, Polly
You're Absolutely Me - Hannah, Sir Freddy
Back Where We Started - Polly, Tony, Dulcie, Alphonse, Fay, Marcel, Nancy, Pierre
Blondes For Danger - Mme Dubonnet, Ensemble
Swing Time Is Here To Stay - Maisie, Ensemble
Divorce Me, Darling (reprise) - Ensemble

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