Musical comedy in two acts.
Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash after F.J. Anstey's The Tinted Venus
Lyrics by Ogden Nash.
Mary Martin as Venus singing "That's Him" in the Broadway production.
Art expert Whitelaw Savory at last finds the statue of Venus which he has been seeking for years. His barber, Rodney, comes over to shave him and idly places his fiancée's ring on the statue's finger. Venus comes to life and falls in love with the man who resurrected her. At first, the terrified Rodney is unwilling. Undaunted, Venus pursues him, temporarily immobilizing his fiancée, and finally convinces him to be her lover. Then she realizes that she will have to live a suburban existence in Ozone Heights, and reconsiders. She is taken back to Olympus, but leaves behind a facsimile of herself so Rodney will never be alone again, as she had promised.
Cast: Singing roles -- Whitelaw Savory (baritone),
Molly Grant (mezzo-soprano), Rodney Hatch (tenor), Venus (mezzo-soprano),
Taxi Black (tenor buffo), Stanley (baritone), Gloria Kramer (mezzo-soprano),
Mrs. Kramer (mezzo-soprano), bus starter, ensemble.
Speaking roles -- Mrs. Moats, two Anatolians, Rose, Zuvetli, Dr. Rook, Sam, store manager, police lieutenant, dancers.
Orchestra: Reed 1 (cl, alto sax), Reed 2 (cl, bass cl, alto sax), Reed 3 (cl, ten. sax, fl, picc,) Reed 4 (cl, alto sax, ten. sax, fl, picc); 3 tpt, tbn; piano, timp & perc; strings.
Duration: full evening, 65 minutes music
Authorized Translation: Swedish -- Lars Rudolfsson
Decca 361 (5x78rpm)
LP Decca DL 79122
LP Time-Life STL-AM10 (1982)
CD AEI 1136
CD MCA 11354
CD Pearl GEMM CDS 9189
CD Stage Door Records (2009)
1943 Original Cast [excerpts]
Chorus / Orchestra with Mary Martin, Kenny Baker
I'm A Stranger Here Myself
Ballet: Forty Minutes For Lunch
The Trouble With Women
Ballet: Venus In Ozone Heights
Finaletto: Speak Low
|CD Jay 21362 (2013)||
National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by John Owen Edwards and Jim Holmes
Venus: Melissa Errico
First Complete Recording + Bonus
Orchestrations by Kurt Weill
|CD Pearl GEMM CDS 9294||
Very, Very, Very
The Trouble With Women
LP Heritage H0051
CD DRG 904
|Kurt Weill (vocals, piano)||
Very Very Very / Wooden Wedding
The Jersey Pluck / The Trouble With Women
|LP Ariel KWH-10||
Film Soundtrack 1948
Eileen Wilson dubs Ava Gardner|
Kurt Weill in Hollywood
Dick Haymes, Olga San Juan, Eve Arden
Eileen Wilson, Robert Walker
|DVD VAI 4568 (2015)||