Irma la douce is a 1956 French musicalProduced by David Merrick with music by Marguerite Monnot and lyrics and book by Alexandre Breffort. The English lyrics and book (1958) are by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman.
The musical premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Gramont on November 12, 1956, where it ran for 4 years. It was produced in the West End at the Lyric Theatre opening on July 17, 1958, running for 1,512 performances, for 3 years. In London, the musical was directed by Peter Brook with choreography by John Heawood, and starred Keith Michell as Nestor, Elizabeth Seal as Irma, and Clive Revill.
Irma La Douce opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre, (now the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre) on September 29, 1960, moved to the Alvin Theatre on October 30, 1961, and closed on December 31, 1961 after 524 performances. The production was directed by Peter Brook with choreography by Onna White. Repeating their roles from the London production were Michell, Seal, and Revill. Stuart Damon and Fred Gwynne also were featured.
The story was made into a non-musical film in 1963 (Irma la Douce), starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.
San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon presented a