Opened: October 25, 1995
Book by: Blake Edwards
Original Broadway Cast: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri, Rachel York, Gregory Jbara, Richard B. Schull, Adam Heller, Michael Cripe, Ken Land, Devin Richards, Tara O’Brien, Roxane Barlow, Michael-Demby Cain, Caitlin Carter, Pascale Faye, Angelo Fraboni, Amy Heggins, Darren Lee, Mark Lotito, Casey Nicholaw, Michael O’Donnell, Cynthia Onrubia, Bince Pesce, Arte Phillips, Jennifer Smith, Cynthia Sophiea & Rocker Verastique
A musical stage-adaptation of the Blake Edwards’ movie of the same name, Julie Andrews once again plays the lead in a gender-bending and sexuality-questioning story.
Toddy (Tony Roberts) and Victoria (Andrews) plot to make her a star as a man named Victor whose talent is being a female impersonator. When nightclub owner King Marchand (Michael Nouri) takes an interest in Victor/Victoria, he wants to prove that Victor is actually truly Victoria.
With her beautiful vocal range, Andrews enchants audiences. Her big number “Le Jazz Hot” is taken from the film, but is perfect for the stage. However, many scenes are stolen by Rachel York as the ditzy Norma Cassidy.
While perfect for the stage, there’s nothing added to this adaptation that will make you love it more than the film.
Final say: A fine musical lead by the multi-talented Andrews. ★★★☆☆