Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen Will Play Encore NYC Engagement

By Andrew Gans
January 15, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble's acclaimed production of Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen, which was presented in October and November 2012, will return to the New York stage for seven performances beginning Jan. 18 at 7:30 PM.



Additional performances are scheduled for Jan. 19 at 7:30 PM, Jan. 20 at 4 PM, Jan. 24 at 7:30 PM, Jan. 25 at 7:30 PM, Jan. 26 at 7:30 PM and Jan. 27 at 4 PM.

Obie-winning director Barbara Vann is part of a cast that also features Cari Bell, Jarrod Bates, Mark J. Dempsey, Beth Griffith, Richard Gross, Michael Levi Harris, Maria Hoffmann, Evan Kaplan, Richard Keyser, Gulshan Mia, Paul Murphy, Eva Nicole, Marvin Riggins and Becca Shimkin.

Musical director is Bob Goldstone.

The musical features a score by Porter and a book by Herbert Fields.

Fifty Million Frenchmen, according to press notes, "revolves around an American millionaire in Paris who, on a bet, woos a young woman while pretending to be penniless. Opening on Broadway a month after the 1929 stock market crash, it was designed to be enormous fun. The show is both ahead of and a reflection of its time, it includes a gay couple and points out the racism of the era. While hilarious throughout, this production does not shy away from any of it."

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and students. Tickets are available from Smarttix at www.Smarttix.com or (212) 868-4444. For more information visit www.MedicineShowTheatre.org. The theatre is at 549 W. 52nd St., 3rd Floor, at 11th Ave.