IRMA LA DOUCE A Musical Play in 2 Acts: Book and lyrics by Alexander Breffort; Music by Marguerite Monnot; (English Book & Lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker & Monty Norman) Théâtre Gramont, Paris - 12 November, 1956 Saville Theatre, London - 17 July, 1958 Plymouth Theatre. Broadway 29 September, 1960 (527 perfs) STORY: Irma is one of Paris' most successful poules (tarts). She falls in love with Nestor, a penniless law student. She decides for the first time in her life she will have a mec (pimp). Nestor is jealous of Irma's customers and decides he must become her only buyer, so he disguises himself as Monsieur Oscar, a rich old fossil who asks only companionship, yet provides enough grisbi (money) to become her exclusive patron. Nestor soon becomes exhausted from his numerous jobs, studies, and lovemaking. Irma decides that Oscar is not getting his money's worth and seduces him more passionately than she ever has Nestor. This makes him more jealous than ever and he decides that Oscar must die. However, in killing-off his alias, Nestor is convicted of murder and sentenced to Devil's Island. When he learns Irma is with child he escapes on a raft and finally proves (by paying off the judge) that he and Oscar are one and the same - all this in time to witness the birth of his child on Christmas Eve. MUSICAL NUMBERS Act I 1. Valse Milieu --Bob-Le-Hotu 2. Sons of France --The Mecs, Polyte-Le-Mou and Police Inspector 3. The Bridge of Caulaincourt --Irma-La-Douce and Nestor-Le-Fripe 4. Our Language of Love --Irma-La-Douce and Nestor-Le-Fripe 5. She's Got The Lot --Police Inspector and Irma's Admirers 6. Our Language of Love (Reprise) --Irma-La-Douce 7. Dis-Donc --Irma-La-Douce 8. Le Grisbi is le Root of le Evil in Man --Bob-Le-Hotu, Nestor-Le-Fripe and the Mecs 9. Wreck of a Mec --Nestor-Le-Fripe 10. That's a Crime --Bob-Le-Hotu, Nestor-Le-Fripe and the Mecs Act II 11. The Bridge of Caulaincourt (Reprise) --Irma-La-Douce and Nestor-Le-Fripe 12. From a Prison Cell --Nestor-Le-Fripe and the Mecs 13. Irma-la-Douce --Irma-La-Douce 14. There Is Only One Paris for That -- Nestor-Le-Fripe, the Mecs and Prisoners 15. The Freedom of the Seas --Nestor-Le-Fripe and the Mecs 16. There Is Only One Paris for That (Reprise) --Nestor-Le-Fripe and the Mecs 17. Our Language of Love (Reprise)--Irma-La-Douce 18. But -- Nestor-Le-Fripe, Police Inspector, A Tax Inspector, M. Bougne and Polyte-Le-Mou 19. Christmas Child --The Company INSTRUMENTATION Bass, reed I (flute, pic), reed II (clar, bari sax), trombone I, II, percussion, guitar, accordion, piano-celeste.