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IRMA LA DOUCE (SEPIA 1120)

Irma La Douce (Original London Cast)

1. VALSE MILIEU Clive Revill, Elizabeth Seal LISTEN
2. TRES TRES SNOB Company 
3. THE BRIDGE OF CAULAINCOURT Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell 
4. OUR LANGUAGE OF LOVE Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell 
5. SHE'S GOT THE LOT Company 
6. DIS-DONC, DIS-DONC Elizabeth Seal LISTEN
7. LE GRISBI IS LE ROOT OF LE EVIL IN MAN Clive Revill, Keith Michell 
8. THE WRECK OF A MEC Keith Michell LISTEN
9. THAT'S A CRIME Company 
10. FROM A PRISON CELL Keith Michell 
11. IRMA-LA-DOUCE Elizabeth Seal LISTEN
12. THERE IS ONLY ONE PARIS FOR THAT (introducing THE FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and FEVER DANCE) – Keith Michell and Company 
13. OUR LANGUAGE OF LOVE (Reprise) Elizabeth Seal LISTEN
14. BUT Company 
15. CHRISTMAS CHILD Company 

BONUS TRACKS

16. C'EST POLYTE LE MOU Les Quartre Barbus 
17. ME V'LA, TE V'LA Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit LISTEN
18. AVEC LES ANGES Colette Renard 
19. ELLE A DU CHIEN Les Quartre Barbus 
20. AH! DIS DONC Colette Renard LISTEN
21. TO BE OR NOT TO BE Les Quartre Barbus 
22. LE CAVE A IRMA Roland Petit 
23. L'AVENTURE EST MORTE Luc Davis 
24. IRMA LA DOUCE Colette Renard 
25. Y'A QU'PARIS POUR ÇA Colette Renard 
26. IL EST NE Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit and Les Quartre Barbus 

 
Title:
Irma La Douce (Original London Cast) and Bonus Tracks
Artist: Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1120 
Barcode: 5055122111207
Release Date: 5 September 2008

"Irma La Douce" was first performed in 1956 not on Broadway or in the West End but in Paris where the "little" French show about a prostitute and her jealous lover met with such enormous success that an English adaptation was inevitable. 

Londoners first saw "Irma" in the summer of 1958 with Elizabeth Seal playing the title role and Keith Michell her lover. That it was different and daring with a melodic score made the British public fall in love with "Irma" and the show achieved a run of 1512 performances. Along the way Elizabeth Seal won numerous awards for her portrayal of Irma. Although unknown to American audiences Elizabeth was chosen to reprise her role when the show opened on Broadway where she won the coveted "Tony" award for best Actress in a Musical. 

15 tracks were recorded for the London cast LP including Elizabeth Seal's solo reprise of hit song "Our Language of Love" which was not recorded for the Broadway cast LP. This CD release contains all 15 tracks and for bonus tracks features two other Irmas - the original Parisian Irma Colette Renard and international star Zizi Jeanmaire performing songs from the musical in French!

The 16 page booklet includes an interview with Elizabeth Seal and photographs from the London production supplied by Elizabeth and Michael Ward who took them. 

The total of 26 tracks must make this one of the most "complete" "Irma la Douce" releases. 

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