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Blondes have more fun in classic Hollywood musical

Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953). Courtesy Photofest.

Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953). Courtesy Photofest.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 
Firth Hall

This show, following the zany musical adventures of chorus girl Lorelei Lee, is part of the University of Sheffield’s Concert Series taking place tonight and tomorrow.

Following the success of Goldilocks, the university’s Department of Music presents another classic Broadway musical in concert, 
performed entirely by music students.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes revolves around the unforgettable Lorelei, a role made famous on Broadway by Carol Channing in 1949 and on screen by Marilyn Monroe in 1953.

Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes chronicles the madcap antics of this fun-loving and hedonistic gold-digger and her voyage aboard the liner the Ile de France to Paris with her chum Dorothy Shaw.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is best known from its iconic movie version, directed by Howard Hawks and co-starring Jane Russell as Dorothy, but few of the stage songs were used in the film.

This rare concert revival features Jule Styne’s complete Broadway score with the full original orchestrations.

The score is packed with lively classics such as A Little Girl from Little Rock, I Love What I’m Doing, Just A Kiss Apart, Bye Bye Baby, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the show-stopping Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

Tickets for the 90-minute show, at the hall on Western Bank, cost £8.50, £6 for over 60s and £3 for students and unwaged. the show starts at 7.30pm.

Box office: call 0114 223 3777 or go online to www.arenaticketshop.co.uk.

 

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