The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Oct. 10, 1960

Irma La Douce is small scale and French, piquant and jaunty—a musical in which everything turns on sex and money and promptly turns into sentiment and make-believe. A prostitute in a dregsy quarter of Paris, Irma gives her love and earnings to a virtuous young law student named Nestor. Growing jealous of her clients, Nestor—using earnings of his own, and a false beard and spectacles—becomes Irma's one-man provider, "M. Oscar." Irma thereupon falls in love with Oscar; Nestor "kills" him, is sent to Devil's Island, and escapes so as to be back in Paris in time for Christmas and Irma's gift...

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