The Story
Victor / Victoria
Music
HENRY MANCINI

Lyrics
LESLIE BRICUSSE

Book
BLAKE EDWARDS

Additional Material
FRANK WILDHORN
Based on the 1982 musical film of the same name, screenplay by Blake Edwards, which was based on the German Ufa film "Viktor und Viktoria" conceived by Hans Hoemburg and written by Rheinhold Schuenzer, the plot centers on a penniless soprano, named Victoria, who colludes with a struggling gay impresario to disguise herself as a male named Victor who entertains as a female impersonator known as "Victoria" - and as a result becomes the toast of Paris. Complications arise when a Chicago mobster sees the act and finds himself attracted to the star.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Julie Andrews performing 'Le Jazz Hot' on the DVD release based on the original 1995 Broadway production.

MUSIC
You And Me
Tony Roberts & Julie Andrews
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Carroll Todd ("Toddy" to his friends) is tenuously employed as the resident performer at Henri Labisse's Left Bank gay club, "Chez Lui." Toddy and Les Boys entertain the small but appreciative audience. Toddy insults a group of customers which includes his ex-boyfriend Richard. Labisse threatens to fire him

A penniless English soprano, Victoria Grant, auditions unsuccessfully for Labisse. Toddy tries to help, but Labisse rejects her and fires him. Toddy befriends Victoria, and offers her shelter from the wet wintry night in his tiny apartment. They become instant friends and confidantes. Toddy wishes he were a woman, like Victoria, while Victoria believes that there are far more advantages to being a man.

Richard, the ex-boyfriend, arrives at Toddy's unexpectedly to collect his things. Victoria is by now wearing his hat and pyjamas. Richard mistakenly thinks she is Toddy's new boy-friend and insults Toddy. Victoria punches Richard and kicks him out. Toddy is impressed. Richard actually thought Victoria was a man! And at that moment The Inspired Idea strikes Toddy right between the eyes. Why not? Victoria could indeed be a man - Europe's greatest female impersonator! Victoria says he's crazy. Toddy pursues his argument, and dreams up Count Victor Grazinsky - a gay Polish aristocrat and Toddy's new lover.

"It will work," he assures Victoria.

"It will not!" says Victoria. They'll never accept a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman! - "They'll know he's a phoney!"

"Exactly," says Toddy. "They'll know he's a phoney! "

Toddy drags the reluctant Victoria to meet Andre Cassell, Paris's leading impresario, who is dubious about "Count Victor Grazinsky" until he hears "him" hit a glass-shattering high G-flat. "Victor" is in business.

"Le jazz hot!" introduces Victor to Paris caf? society. His show-stopping performance at once makes him the toast of Gay Paree. The only doubter of Victor's authenticity is a dashing American businessman - cum - gangster figure, King Marchan, visiting Paris with his brassy girlfriend Norma and his loyal bodyguard Squash. King is convinced Victor is a woman, and determined to prove it. At Cassell's opening night party for Victor, King invites Victor to tango with Norma, hoping to prove his point.

Victor's tango is a sensation. Norma is thrilled King is thwarted, and starts to doubt himself. He finds Victor attractive as a woman .. but what if he's a man?

By an unwelcome coincidence, King and Norma and Squash find themselves in the adjoining hotel suite to the newly successful Toddy and Victor. Norma tries to seduce King. She succeeds only in making him impotent Next door, Victoria bemoans to Toddy that in King she thinks she has finally found the man of her dreams, but here she is trying to convince him that she is a man, too!


ACT TWO

Victor continues to take Paris audiences by storm. Norma complains to Victor and Toddy that King is shipping her back to Chicago because he fancies Victor - a man! King confronts his doubts about himself and Victor. Is it possible that he, King, is falling for a man? He invites Victor and Toddy to dinner to try and find out. After dinner they visit "Chez Lui," where Labisse also has his suspicions that Victor is a woman. He invites her/him to sing. Victor and Toddy oblige. Richard's group arrives noisily in mid-song. Victor trips Richard and starts a major brawl in the club. The police arrive to break it up. Outside the club, King says he doesn't care if Victor is a man, and kisses him. Victoria admits she's not a man. King says he still doesn't care, and kisses her again.

Back in the hotel, Squash barges into King 's bedroom and finds King and Victor in bed together. He apologises profusely: "Sorry, guys!" King tries to explain.

Squash admires King for coming out of the closet, and stuns his boss by revealing that he, too, is gay!

Victoria and King examine their potential problems if they are perceived publicly as two men. It won't work.

Back in Chicago, Norma is performing in a night club. She informs King 's gangster partner, Sal Andretti, that King has dumped her for another man - and is living with 'a gay Polish fairy." Sal is aghast, and says they're all going to Europe.

Two weeks later, Toddy and Squash have become happy partners. Not so for King and Victoria, unable to be seen together in public. Victoria tells Toddy she doesn't want to be a man anymore. Toddy understands, neither does he!

Sal and the spurned Norma arrive in Paris. King admits he loves "Victor," keeping the secret. Sal, disgusted, ends their business relationship. Victoria reveals herself to Norma as a woman. Norma is horrified. Labisse witnesses this moment of naked truth. Victoria is horrified. Toddy tells her not to worry. "Trust rne!" Dissolve to Victor's farewell appearance. Labisse tries to expose him/her as a fraud. Toddy, thrilled to be back in drag, replaces Victoria to thwart Labisse and leave the way clear for a happy ending for our two loving couples - King and Victoria, and Toddy and Squash.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer BLAKE EDWARDS, TONY ADAMS, JOHN SCHER, ENDEMOL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS INC, POLYGRAM BROADWAY VENTURES, EDWARDS-ADAMS THEATRICALS INC, METROPOLITAN THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT INC
Direction BLAKE EDWARDS
Musical Staging ROB MARSHALL
Orchestrations BILLY BYERS
Scenic Design ROBIN WAGNER
Costume Design WILLA KIM
Lighting Design JULES FISHER & PEGGY EISENHAUER
Sound Design PETER FITZGERALD
Cast
Victoria Grant JULIE ANDREWS
Carol Todd TONY ROBERTS
King Marchan MICHAEL NOURI
Norma Cassidy RACHEL YORK
Squash GREGORY JBARRA
Henri Labisse ADAM HELLER
Andre Cassell RICHARD B. SHULL
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Paris by NightCarroll Todd and Les Boys
If I Were a ManVictoria Grant
Trust MeCarroll Todd and Victoria Grant
Le Jazz HotVictor and Jazz Hot Ensemble
The TangoVictor and Norma Cassidy
Paris Makes Me HornyNorma Cassidy
Crazy WorldVictoria Grant


ACT TWO

Louis SaysVictor and Louis Says Ensemble
King's DilemmaKing Marchan
ApacheLes Boys
You and MeCarroll Todd and Victor
Paris by Night (Reprise)Street Singer
Almost a Love SongKing Marchan and Victoria Grant
Chicago, IllinoisNorma Cassidy and Norma's Girl
Living in the ShadowsVictoria Grant
Victor / VictoriaVictoria Grant, Carroll Todd and Company

Buddy
Waitress
Tommy
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Julie Andrews performing 'Le Jazz Hot' on the DVD release based on the original 1995 Broadway production.

You And Me Tony Roberts & Julie Andrews Original Broadway Cast Recording
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