Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953. Draft script for the 1953 Broadway stage musical. Working copy of an unknown cast member, with his profuse holograph pencil annotations throughout.
"Can-Can" was one of the most successful musicals of the early 1950s. It ran at New York's Shubert Theatre, opening on May 7, 1953 and closing on June 25, 1955, for a total of 892 performances.
Paris of the 1890s is dominated by the debauchery of Montmartre's infamous Can-Can dance halls, and a self-righteous judge aiming to shut them down (Peter Cookson) falls in love with club owner La Mome Pistache, played by French prima donna Lilo. The judge is caught while at the club attempting to gather evidence, and must choose between his work and his lover. Basis for the 1960 Academy Award winning film starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, and Maurice Chevalier.
Set in Paris, and shot there on location.
Lacking wrappers, housed in a black three ring binder as issued. Title page present, marked as copy No. 32, with credits for novelist Abe Burrows and composer Cole Porter. 202 leaves, with last page of text numbered 1-1-13/14. Multilith duplication, with typescript revision pages and carbon revision pages on onionskin stock throughout, dated variously between February 24, 1953 and March 11, 1953. Pages Very Good plus, three ring binder Very Good plus.
Hirschhorn, p. 370.