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Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!

The New York City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce, starring Jennifer Bowles, Rob McClure, and Malcolm Gets runs for seven performances continuing through May 11, 2014. Irma La Douce is directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Chase Brock, with music direction by Rob Berman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call!

The complete cast includes Sam Bolen, Bowles, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Gets, Zachary James, Ken Krugman, McClure and Chris Sullivan with Joseph Medeiros, Joseph Simeone, Manuel Stark and Caleb Teicher.

Encores! breaks the mold with its first musical not written on American soil with Irma La Douce, the tale of a Parisian lady of the evening (Bowles) and the law student (McClure) who falls in love with her. It has music by Marguerite Monnot and English book and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, with original book and lyrics by Alexandre Breffort.

After a three-year run in Paris, an English-language version of Irma La Douce, directed by Peter Brook, enjoyed tremendous success first in London and then on Broadway. It opened at the Plymouth Theatre on September 29, 1960 and ran for 524 performances. The score produced one standard, "Our Language of Love," and also features "The Valse Millieu" and "Dis Donc."

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Malcolm Gets, Jennifer Bowles and Cast

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Joseph Mederios, Manuel Stark, Caleb Teicher and Joseph Simeone

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Ken Krugman, Zachary James, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Stephen DeRosa and Chris Sullivan

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets, Chris Sullivan and Ben Crawford

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Jennifer Bowles

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure and Jennifer Bowles

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford and Sam Bolen

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure and Jennifer Bowles

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan and Ben Crawford

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles and Chris Sullivan

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Ken Krugman, Zachary James, Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets, Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford, Sam Bolen and cast

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Zachary James, Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets, Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford, Sam Bolen and cast

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Zachary James, Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets, Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles, Chris Sullivan, Ben Crawford, Sam Bolen and cast

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure and Jennifer Bowles

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets and Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets and Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets and Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Malcolm Gets, Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure

Photo Coverage: Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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