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Fifty Million Frenchmen was designed to be enormous fun, opening on Broadway just one month after 1929's stock market crash. Ahead of and a reflection of its time, it includes a gay couple and underscores the racism of the era. While staying hilarious, this production does not shy away from any of it. The title refers to a hit song, not by Cole Porter, called Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong. The plot revolves around an American millionaire in Paris who, on a bet, must woo a young woman while pretending to be penniless.


Carmello, McCartney & McLane join Broadway's Mamma Mia! October 20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2004

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Fifty Million Frenchmen: They Can't Be WrongFifty Million Frenchmen: They Can't Be Wrong
by Michael Dale - Sep 22, 2006

Lost Musicals revives Cole Porter and Herbert Fields' witty escapist fluff about Americans in Paris (more...)

SOPHIE TUCKER: LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS to Play  Bickford Theatre, 10/2-19SOPHIE TUCKER: LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS to Play Bickford Theatre, 10/2-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas will open the Bickford Theatre's 2014/2015 season. Written by Richard Hopkins, Jack Fournier, and Kathy Halenda, the show will run in Morristown from October 2 through October 19, 2014. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - September 1, 2010BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - September 1, 2010
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Director Bob Goldstone Joins Medicine Show Theatre's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMENPhoto Flash: Musical Director Bob Goldstone Joins Medicine Show Theatre's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, opens its production of Fifty Million Frenchmen next week, with music and lyrics by the great Cole Porter and book by Herbert Fields. Previews are set for Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Opening night is Today, Oct. 27 and the closing performance is on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Get a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Director Bob Goldstone Joins Medicine Show Theatre's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMENPhoto Flash: Musical Director Bob Goldstone Joins Medicine Show Theatre's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, opens its production of Fifty Million Frenchmen next week, with music and lyrics by the great Cole Porter and book by Herbert Fields. Previews are set for Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Opening night is Saturday, Oct. 27 and the closing performance is on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Get a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

THE ART OF MURDER, MAKING GOD LAUGH & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2013 Season at Pheasant Run ResortTHE ART OF MURDER, MAKING GOD LAUGH & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2013 Season at Pheasant Run Resort
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2012

Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, announces their calendar-year 2013 season of nostalgic musicals and award-winning comedies, including Joe DiPietro's comedy thriller, The Art of Murder, to the heavenly hit musical, Forever Plaid, followed by a rocking '60s musical about love and marriage, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, then to a rollicking song-and-dance revue of America's beloved Cole Porter, Let's Misbehave!, to a touching no-place-like-home holiday family comedy, Making God Laugh. (more...)

Photo Flash: BINGOPhoto Flash: BINGO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2005

Aruba Productions and Buddy & Sally Productions will present the New York premiere of BINGO, a winning new musical opening Monday, November 7, 2005 at Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Continues FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN Through November 18Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Continues FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN Through November 18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2012

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, presents Fifty Million Frenchmen, with music and lyrics by the great Cole Porter and book by Herbert Fields. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathy Halenda in Walnut Street Theatre's 'SOPHIE TUCKER'Photo Flash: First Look at Kathy Halenda in Walnut Street Theatre's 'SOPHIE TUCKER'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

Walnut Street Theatre's 2013-2014 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with a bang as the 'first broad' of American Theatre takes the stage in Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas. Directed by Richard Hopkins, who is a co-creator of the show, the production opens tonight, November 21st and continues through December 29th in the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below! (more...)

FST's SOPHIE TUCKER: LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS Opens this WeekFST's SOPHIE TUCKER: LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS Opens this Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

FST's production of Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas opens this week at the Walnut Street Theatre. Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas was developed under the direction of FST Artistic Director Richard Hopkins, with assistance from Kathy Halenda and Jack Fournier. As one of the most successful music revues created and developed at FST, Sophie Tucker has previously been shown to audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Art Station, Centre Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Invisible Theatre, The Irish Classical Theatre and many more. The show now travels to delight audiences at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. (more...)

Musicals Tonight Asks YOU What Show to ReviveMusicals Tonight Asks YOU What Show to Revive
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2004

The most interesting suggestion of a show they can secure rights to perform will receive 2 free tickets to any performance on their 2005 schedule. (more...)

SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS and More Set for WST's 2013-14 Studio SeasonSOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS and More Set for WST's 2013-14 Studio Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Walnut Street Theatre's President and Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard has announced the 2013-2014 Independence Studio on 3 season, noting 'the plays I've selected are a dramatic blend of new work and American classics. It's the most ambitious season yet for our intimate theatre. Several of the shows have larger casts and more challenging scenic elements, which will be exciting to see our creative designers bring to life. I'm thrilled to share our upcoming season with Philadelphia audiences.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Medicine Show Theatre's TOM THUMBPhoto Flash: First Look at Medicine Show Theatre's TOM THUMB
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage Henry Fielding's 1730 classic Tom Thumb, officially known as The Tragedy of Tragedies; or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. A preview is set for Thursday, June 6, 2013. The production opens Friday, June 7, 2013 and closes Sunday, June 30, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Opens TOM THUMB, 6/7Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Opens TOM THUMB, 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage Henry Fielding's 1730 classic Tom Thumb, which is officially known as The Tragedy of Tragedies; or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. A preview is set for Thursday, June 6, 2013. The production opens Friday, June 7, 2013 and closes Sunday, June 30, 2013. Performances are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m. There are no performances on Saturdays. The theatre is located at 549 W. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, near 11th Ave., New York, NY 10019, subway C/E 50th St. (more...)

Sophie Tucker Returns to FST for Limited Engagement 3/7/12Sophie Tucker Returns to FST for Limited Engagement 3/7/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2012

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas returns to Sarasota for a limited engagement beginning March 7, 2012 in the Gompertz Theatre. (more...)

SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS and More Set for WST's 2013-14 Studio SeasonSOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS and More Set for WST's 2013-14 Studio Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

Walnut Street Theatre's President and Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard has announced the 2013-2014 Independence Studio on 3 season, noting 'the plays I've selected are a dramatic blend of new work and American classics. It's the most ambitious season yet for our intimate theatre. Several of the shows have larger casts and more challenging scenic elements, which will be exciting to see our creative designers bring to life. I'm thrilled to share our upcoming season with Philadelphia audiences.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/9- Cole PorterSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/9- Cole Porter
by - Jun 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter! Porter's many musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes and Can-Can, and his numerous hit songs include 'Night and Day', 'I Get a Kick out of You', 'Well, Did You Evah!' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin'. 1948's Kiss Me Kate was his most successful show, running for 1,077 performances in its original Broadway run. The production won the Tony Award for best musical (the first Tony awarded in that category), and Porter won for best composer and lyricist. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/9- Cole PorterSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/9- Cole Porter
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter! Porter's many musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes and Can-Can, and his numerous hit songs include 'Night and Day', 'I Get a Kick out of You', 'Well, Did You Evah!' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin'. 1948's Kiss Me Kate was his most successful show, running for 1,077 performances in its original Broadway run. The production won the Tony Award for best musical (the first Tony awarded in that category), and Porter won for best composer and lyricist. (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Opens TOM THUMB TodayMedicine Show Theatre Ensemble Opens TOM THUMB Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage Henry Fielding's 1730 classic Tom Thumb, which is officially known as The Tragedy of Tragedies; or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. The production opens today, June 7, 2013 and closes Sunday, June 30, 2013. Performances are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m. There are no performances on Saturdays. The theatre is located at 549 W. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, near 11th Ave., New York, NY 10019, subway C/E 50th St. (more...)

Review - Nymph ErrantReview - Nymph Errant
by Ben Peltz - Jul 29, 2012

The last time the 1933 West End musical Nymph Errant was revived in New York, the Medicine Show Theatre Company advertised their production with the selling point that they haven't removed any of the show's racism.  Now, while going to see a racist musical is not exactly my idea of a fun night out, there is a certain historic value to watching older musicals performed with the texts the authors wrote, opposed to the frequent occurrence of slapping their books with labels like “creaky” or “dated” and having contemporary authors make wholesale revisions to transform them into suitable entertainments for modern audiences. (more...)

Liz McCartney Takes Off from Mamma Mia!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2005

Liz McCartney, who played Rosie in Mamma Mia!, has left the ABBA musical due to be temporarily replaced by understudy Corinne McFadden (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Presents Cole Porter's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, 1/19 -1/29Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble Presents Cole Porter's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, 1/19 -1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2013

Audiences wanted it, now they have it. Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, is bringing back this fall's hit production of Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen for seven performances only. There is one preview on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The show officially opens on Saturday, Jan. 19. at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and the closing performance is on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. The theatre is located at 549 W. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, near 11th Ave., New York, NY 10019, subway C/E 50th St. (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, 12/20-1/6Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, 12/20-1/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage a winter theater comedy tradition A Mummers' Play: Prince George and the Dragon. Previews are set for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012; Friday Dec. 21, 2012; and Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 all at 7:30 p.m. There is no performance today, Dec. 23, 2012. Opening night is Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 and the closing performance is today, Jan. 6, 2013. (more...)

THE ART OF MURDER, MAKING GOD LAUGH & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2013 Season at Pheasant Run ResortTHE ART OF MURDER, MAKING GOD LAUGH & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2013 Season at Pheasant Run Resort
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, announces their calendar-year 2013 season of nostalgic musicals and award-winning comedies, including Joe DiPietro's comedy thriller, The Art of Murder, to the heavenly hit musical, Forever Plaid, followed by a rocking '60s musical about love and marriage, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, then to a rollicking song-and-dance revue of America's beloved Cole Porter, Let's Misbehave!, to a touching no-place-like-home holiday family comedy, Making God Laugh. (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Presents Cole Porter's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, 1/18-1/27Medicine Show Theatre Presents Cole Porter's FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, 1/18-1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2013

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble's hit production of Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen returns to the New York stage this week, for seven performances only: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (preview); Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (opening); Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. (closing). The theatre is at 549 W. 52nd St., 3rd Floor, at 11th Ave., NY, NY 10019, subway C/E 50th St. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Stars in Paris-Themed CabaretPhoto Coverage: Broadway Stars in Paris-Themed Cabaret
by Adrienne Onofri - Feb 3, 2009

Gregg Edelman, Nancy Anderson, Martin Moran and Karine Plantadit perform showtunes about France and the French. (more...)

Cole Porter's Nymph Errant makes a rare New York appearance
by Michael Dale - Feb 15, 2004

The Medicine Show Theatre Company brings back Porter's charming 1933 Gertrude Lawrence star vehicle (more...)

AN EVENING OF COLE PORTER Set for Barn Theater, 2/28AN EVENING OF COLE PORTER Set for Barn Theater, 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Marin County Singer, Actor, and Writer Noah Griffin is pleased to announce the establishment of The Cole Porter Society, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve the musical legacy of Cole Porter by working with music departments in schools and universities to introduce students to the composer and the importance of his music to the shaping and understanding of American culture. A concert celebrating the new non-profit, An Evening of Cole Porter, will take place on Friday, February 28 at 8pm at the Barn Theater, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957. Ticket prices for this inaugural benefit concert are $50 general admission ($25 of which is tax-deductible) and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/567203 . For more information call 415-421-6272. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Cole Porter Society and Ross Valley Players. www.noahgriffin.com (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, 12/20-1/6Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, 12/20-1/6
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2012

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage a winter theater comedy tradition A Mummers' Play: Prince George and the Dragon. Previews are set for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012; Friday Dec. 21, 2012; and Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 all at 7:30 p.m. There is no performance on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Opening night is Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 and the closing performance is on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (more...)

Martini Talk: Attend The Tale Of Songs That Were CutMartini Talk: Attend The Tale Of Songs That Were Cut
by BWW - Dec 31, 2007

Do you have a favorite theatre song that didn't make it into its show's movie version? I have several. (more...)

Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, Now thru 1/6Medicine Show Theatre Presents Mummers' Play PRINCE GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, Now thru 1/6
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of New York's longest-running experimental theatres, will stage a winter theater comedy tradition A Mummers' Play: Prince George and the Dragon. Previews are set for tonight, Dec. 20, 2012; Friday Dec. 21, 2012; and Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 all at 7:30 p.m. There is no performance on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Opening night is Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 and the closing performance is on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (more...)

Sophie Tucker Returns to FST for Limited Engagement 3/7/12Sophie Tucker Returns to FST for Limited Engagement 3/7/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2011

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas returns to Sarasota for a limited engagement beginning March 7, 2012 in the Gompertz Theatre. (more...)

Fox Valley Rep to Present Cole Porter Revue LET'S MISBEHAVE!, 8/29-10/20Fox Valley Rep to Present Cole Porter Revue LET'S MISBEHAVE!, 8/29-10/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2013

Fox Valley Repertory continues their 2013 theater series with a de-lovely production that will have you singing and dancing along to the nostalgic sounds of legendary Broadway wit and composer Cole Porter in Let's Misbehave! Directed and Choreographed by Fox Valley Rep veteran and Multi-JEFF Award-winning director and choreographer Kevin Bellie with Music Direction by Ken Jones, performances will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage on August 29 through October 20, 2013 (4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL; box office 630-584-6342). (more...)

Bickford Theatre's 2014-2015 Season to Include SOPHIE TUCKER, SOCIAL SECURITY, and MoreBickford Theatre's 2014-2015 Season to Include SOPHIE TUCKER, SOCIAL SECURITY, and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, just announced the Bickford Theatre's 2014-2015 Season, four plays for the Main Stage Series and the "A La Carte Series" of three concerts and variety performances. (more...)

Lee, Pedi, Etc. Set to Find 'Frenchmen' for Lost Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2006

Sondra Lee, Christine Pedi and KT Sullivan will star in Lost Musicals' upcoming staged concert presentation of Cole Porter's '20s musical Fifty Million Frenchmen (more...)

Lost Musicals to Dust Off Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2006

Following last year's presentation of Silk Stockings, Lost Musicals will again dip into the Cole Porter repertoire for its next show, Fifty Million Frenchmen (more...)

Mary Testa, Etc. Set for NYFOS' We Open in Paris
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2007

At 8 pm on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th, the New York Festival of Song will perform We Open in Paris. Paris is the backdrop for four musical theatre works in vest-pocket NYFOS productions, including Jacques Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne and Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen. (more...)

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