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Hotel d\'Amour (musical version of A Flea in Her Ear)
Hotel d'Amour (musical version of A Flea in Her Ear)
"Hotel d'Amour is relentlessly funny… a frantic maze of sex, revenge, debauchery pushes the play above the level of successful comedy into the world of superb farce." —Hinsdale Doings

"Opelka and Helbig have done a thoughtful job. The songs are clever, lively, winning and free of the cliché and false sincerity of so many new musicals." —Chicago Sun-Times

"The play is funny, fast-moving and clever. Every song of the playful score had the audience smiling ... Audiences are destined to have a love affair with this Hotel of Love." —Pioneer Press

"Gregg Opelka and Jack Helbig had the inspired idea to adapt Georges Feydeau's classic French farce to the musical stage. And inspired it is. Opelka's music and lyrics have the stamp of a wonderfully original stylist and Helbig's book is a sprightly, very funny update of the 1907 play that is careful to preserve all its good-old-fashioned madcap qualities." —New City
Musical farce. Adapted from Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. Book and translation by Jack Helbig. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

Cast: 9m., 4w. Hotel d'Amour is based on the greatest of all farces, A Flea in Her Ear, by French master farceur Georges Feydeau. Victor Emmanuel Chandebise is a successful, straight-laced insurance salesman in 1912 Paris. When his wife, Raymonde, receives a package with Victor's suspenders sent back from the notorious Hotel d'Amour, a well-known meeting place for trysting lovers, she naturally (and wrongly) assumes he is having an affair. Raymonde, encouraged by her bombshell best friend, Lucienne, sets our to trap Victor by writing him a love letter from a "secret admirer" and inviting him to meet her at Hotel d'Amour. This triggers a series of complications that climaxes in hilarious second-act pandemonium, as everyone in the Chandebise household, plus a few assorted friends and business acquaintances, becomes entangled in a mad chase at the hotel. Thrown into the potpourri are a lascivious doctor, a sexpot housemaid, a degenerate bellhop, a gun-toting jealous husband, an incurable Don Juan, and a hotel-managing husband and wife who have seen and done it all, and are not afraid to charge a little extra for it. Replete with sidesplitting dialogue, a wonderful double role for the actor playing both the insurance salesman, Victor Chandebise, and the decadent bellhop, Poche, and rousing songs like the title Can-Can number and Raymonde's touching, wry ballad "He Sells Insurance," Hotel d'Amour is a mad romp through 1912 Paris. Conceived and originally directed by noted Chicago director Gary Griffin, Hotel d'Amour continues to delight audiences who love toe-tapping tunes, loveable characters, and riotous dialogue. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.

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Hotel d'Amour
Seven-year Itch
Shoot First
Lo Siento, Lucienne
He Sells Insurance

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  H08
Cast Size:  13
No. of Act(s):  3
Pages:  130
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  140 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Literary Classic | Melodrama
ISBN (10): 158342198X
Publication Date: 07/08/2004
Jack Helbig is a journalist and playwright living in Chicago. His musical adaptation, Hotel d'Amour, written with Gregg Opelka (and based on Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear), was first produced by the Buffalo Theatre Company in Chicago and has since been done around the U.S. He has written two plays, Thinking of Her Made Him Think of ...More
Gregg Opelka has written music and lyrics for 10 musicals, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical, which had its Chicagoland world premiere in summer 2014 at Theatre at the Center, Munster, Ind. Based on the popular TV comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical has a book written by two-time Tony Award nominee and veteran TV comedy writer David Rogers ...More
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