Opened: March 16, 1982
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Giving an Oscar-nominated performance, Julie Andrews shines in a complex role that’s different from her most memorable ones.
Victoria Grant (Andrews) is down on her luck and can’t get a job as a singer until Toddy (Robert Preston) comes up with a ruse to have her impersonate a man playing a drag queen. When nightclub owner King Marchand (James Garner) takes an interest in Victor, he’s determined to prove he’s a she.
While the film doesn’t follow a musical style, the musical numbers are fantastic. Andrews shows off her vocal chops with beautiful performances from the costumes to the choreography.
The comedy is light and Andrews, Preston & Garner all give passionate performances. But it’s Lesley Ann Warren as King’s ditzy girlfriend who brings the biggest laughs of all.
Final say: This jazz is hot! ★★★★☆