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Call Me Madam

Once President Harry S. Truman appointed Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassador to Luxembourg, the foundation was laid for a musical comedy that would kid politics-foreign and domestic alike.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Elementary School / Primary, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1951 Tony Awards for Best Original Score; Best Actress in a Musical (Ethel Merman); Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Russell Nype)
Once President Harry S. Truman appointed Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassador to Luxembourg, the foundation was laid for a musical comedy that would kid politics-foreign and domestic alike.

Ambassador Sally Adams, with slim credentials, is sent off to administer in the tiny duchy of Lichtenburg. It's not long before her down-to-earth, typically undiplomatic manner has surprised and charmed the local gentry, especially the handsome Prime Minister. A second romance is blossoming between her young Ivy League aid and Lichtenburg's enchanting young Princess.

The course of love is threatened by the stuffy opposition, who eventually succeed in wrangling Sally's recall, but not before all has resolved happily for both pairs of lovers.

REVIEWS:

"Sailing on one of Irving Berlin's most rhythmically propulsive scores, CALL ME MADAM soars like a musically-powered balloon. And what a ride it turns out to be!"

The New York Times

"A reminder of how much sheer fun it used to be to go to the theater!"

New York Daily News
Premiere Production: In 1950, Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York.
  • Casting: 6M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • MRS. SALLY ADAMS
    THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
    CONGRESSMAN WILKINS
    HENRY GIBSON
    KENNETH GIBSON
    SENATOR GALLAGHER
    SECRETARY TO MRS. ADAMS
    BUTLER
    SENATOR BROCKBANK
    COSMO CONSTANTINE
    PEMBERTON MAXWELL
    CLERK
    HUGO TANTINNIN
    PRINCESS MARIA
    COURT CHAMBERLAIN
    A MAID
    GRAND DUCHESS SOPHIE
    GRAND DUKE OTTO
    SEBASTIAN SEBASTIAN
    PRINCIPAL DANCERS
    THE OCARINA PLAYERS
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    1 x Piano Conductor Score

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    1 x Piano Conductor Score

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    1 x Reed V (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Optional Bassoon)
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    1 x Trumpet III
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    1 x Trombone II
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