An eccentric French countess battles corrupt businessmen who plot to dig up the streets of Paris so they can access oil they believe lies beneath them in "The Madwoman of Chaillot
," a 1945 satire by Jean Giraudoux that still resonates today.
When he went off to make The Madwoman Of Chaillot
with Kate Hepburn in the South of France, he was going to be there about nine months.
With her long red hair elegantly yet informally coiffed, dressed most likely in purple velvet with a fringed shawl, antique or New Age jewelry around her neck and at her ears, she looks like the Madwoman of Chaillot
's younger sister, the sensible one.
Her lab partner was a somewhat intimidating young woman who had been voted "prettiest girl." That same young woman was auditioning for a part in The Madwoman of Chaillot
and said there were plenty of small parts, so Tomlin went along.
Szubanski will star in Jean Giraudoux's adaptation of Maurice Valency's "The Madwoman of Chaillot
," while Edgerton will appear in Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman."
Her loyalty to unpretentious stage work is apparent simp ly in her resume from the last few years: In 1996 she graced Broadway in the revival of An Ideal Husband; in 1998 she appeared in Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre production of Greytop in Love; and last fall saw her in Colleagues Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of The Madwoman of Chaillot
Synopsis: Recently revised with a new book by David Thompson, this musicalization of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot
now features three new Jerry Herman songs and stars Maureen McGovern in the role that won Angela Lansbury a Tony Award in 1969.
A "standardized worker with interchangeable parts....That would solve the entire problem of management," says a character in Jean Giraudoux's surreal play, The Madwoman of Chaillot
. It might also make it easier to ensure the quality of the security force, which can make or break a guard service contract.
Among Giraudoux's other important works are La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu (1935; Tiger at the Gates ) and La Folle de Chaillot (1946; The Madwoman of Chaillot
), in which a tribunal of elderly, eccentric Parisian ladies, assisted by a ragpicker, wipe out a world of speculators.
Tony Awards for outstanding contributions to the theater in 1948-49 were awarded to Death of a Salesman, play; Kiss Me Kate, musical; Rex Harrison for his performance in Anne of the Thousand Days and Martita Hunt in The Madwoman of Chaillot
The season opens June 19 with The Madwoman of Chaillot
, by Jean Giraudoux, which runs through July 19.