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A Musical Comedy in 2 Acts, 35 Scenes: Book by Neil Simon

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. Music by Cy Coleman: Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis

Musical numbers and dances staged by Bob Fosse: Directed by Cy Feuer and Bob Fosse: Produced for the Broadway Stage by Feuer and Martin

Lunt-Fontaine Theatre, Broadway 17 November, 1962 (257 perfs)
Cambridge Theatre, London 18 November, 1964 (334 perfs)


This is an outrageously funny musical. It tells the story of the rise to fame, and excessively large fortune, of Belle Poitrine, a little girl from the wrong side of the tracks who finds her way to the right side with the help of several willing gentlemen. The book and lyrics of Little Me are extremely witty, and the show is an easy one to stage. Drama groups looking for something different my find that Little Me exactly fits the bill.


Little Me is the autobiography of the optimistic, yet spectacularly accident-prone, Hollywood star Belle Poitrine (née Schlumfert), who rises from poverty on the wrong side of the track to wealth, culture and a position in society. She was born in Venezuela, Illinois and lives with her highly dubious Momma! In her teens, Belle set her sights on Noble Eggleston, who lives on the right side of the tracks but whose mother puts an abrupt end to their ambitions. Biding her time, Belle succeeds in landing a rich, 80-year old, skinflint, Mr Pinchley. When he dies under suspicious circumstances, (in a close embrace the gun that he kept in his pocket went off accidentally killing him). Belle is arrested and put on trial for murder. She is acquitted, however, but the notoriety of the trial brings her a vaudeville offer and romance with Val du Val who modestly considers himself to be the world's greatest entertainer.

Further romances develop for Belle along the way including the myopic Fred Poitrine, Prince Cherney of Rozenzweig and the imperious film director, Otto Schnitzler. Each romance, in some unexpected way, advances both Belle's career and her fortune. Each romance however, ended in bizarre circumstances - nothing simple for our Belle!

Fred Poitrine dies as a result of lodging his finger in a typewriter, Val du Val is drowned when the ship on which he and Belle were returning to America sank. By suing the steamship company, Belle became very rich and Hollywood claimed her. Otto spears himself on a stage dagger that wasn't! Prince Cherney suffers a hearts attack after losing everything gambling in the casino in Monte Carlo where he had staked everything on a number that Belle had chosen. Belle nurses him and in gratitude, Prince Cherney makes her the Countess Zoftig. At last Belle has social class.

Finally, after much misunderstanding and partner changing, Belle walks off into the sunset with her reformed alcoholic Noble Eggleston.


Male - 15 (6 can be doubled) : Female - 4 (Plus various minor roles and Chorus)

Principal Characters:

Miss Poitrine - Mother of .....
Belle - our heroine
Lady Eggleston - Mother of ....

Noble Eggleston - Our hero
Mr Pinchley - A well-known miser
Val du Val - an entertainer
Fred Poitrine - A First World War private
Otto Schnitzler - an admirer of Belle
Prince Cherney - another admirer
George Musgrove - a friend 

Can be played by the same performer (and was in the professional productions)


  1. The Truth - Miss Poitrine, Patrick Denis, Servants
  2. The Other Side of the Tracks - Belle
  3. Birthday Party (The Rich Kids' Rag) - Boys, Girls
  4. I Love You -Nobel Eggleston, Belle
  5. The Other Side of the Tracks (reprise) - Belle
  6. Deep Down Inside - Mr Pinchley, Belle, Pinchley Jr, Poor People
  7. Be a Performer! - Benny Buchsbaum, Bernie Buchsbaum
  8. (Oh! Dem Doggone) Dimples - Belle, Police Escort (Chorus)
  9. Boom-Boom - Val du Val, Girls
  10. I've Got Your Number - Geroge Musgrove, Belle
  11. Real Live Girl - Val du Val
  12. Real Live Girl (reprise) - The Doughboys (Men's Chorus)
  13. Boom-Boom (reprise) - Belle, Howitzers
  14. Poor Little Hollywood Star - Belle
  15. (To Be a Performer reprise) - (Bennie Buchsbaum, Bernie Buchsbaum)
  16. Little Me - Miss Poitrine, Baby
  17. The Prince's Farewell (Goodbye) - Prince Cherney, German Officer, Loyal Subjects (Chorus)
  18. Here's To Us - Miss Poitrine, Guests


Violin 1 & 2: Cello: Bass: Reed 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5: Trumpet 1 & 2: Trombone 1 & 2: Percussion: Piano


Original Broadway Cast Recording - RCA Victor 09026-61482-2
Original London Cast Recording - DRG 131111

Scenes and Settings

Act 1

Act 2