Ep. #62: Featuring Rose Collela, Michael Bluestein, and Rick Shaw
"Give Him the Ooh-La-La"
With a string of musical hits, Cole Porter’s DuBarry Was A Lady, written in 1939, closed-out his most productive decade. The show ran for 408 performances starring Bert Lahr, fresh off his legendary performance as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and Ethel Merman, of whom the NY Times review said, “Give her a roguish bit of bawdiness like 'Give Him the Ooh-La-La!' with a good tune and shoddy lyrics, and she can set a hoop-skirt swaying like a one-woman chorus.”
MGM released the film version DuBarry Was A Lady in 1943 with a star-studded cast led by Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, and Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Other notable players include Zero Mostel as Rami the Swami, Ava Gardner as Perfume Girl, and guest star Lana Turner.
MUSE/IQUE welcomes Rose Colella, Michael Bluestein, and Rick Shaw as they present Porter’s playful tune “Give Him the Ooh-La-La”.
R.I.P. Warner Herny, the King of the Ooh-la-la.