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Victor/Victoria (1995)

A woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman.

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Blake Edwards
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Cast

Credited cast:
Julie Andrews ... Victor / Victoria
Tony Roberts ... Carol Todd (Toddy)
Michael Nouri ... King Marchand
Rachel York ... Norma Cassidy
Gregory Jbara ... Squash Bernstein
Richard B. Shull ... Andre Cassell
Adam Heller ... Henri Labisse
Michael Cripe Michael Cripe ... Richard DiNardo
Ken Land ... Sal Andretti
Devin Richards Devin Richards ... Jazz Singer
Tara O'Brien Tara O'Brien ... Street Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roxane Barlow Roxane Barlow ... Ensemble
Michael-Demby Cain Michael-Demby Cain ... Ensemble
Caitlin Carter Caitlin Carter ... Ensemble
Pascale Faye Pascale Faye ... Ensemble
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Storyline

An out-of-work singer, Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews), meets a just-fired, flamboyant gay man in a diner in 1920's Paris. He convinces her to pretend to be a man who is a female impersonator in order to get a job. The act is a hit in a local nightclub, but things get complicated when a gangster and nightclub owner from Chicago, King Marchan (Michael Nouri) falls in-love with "her." Written by Anonymous

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Japan | USA

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English

Release Date:

23 December 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Final feature film directed by Blake Edwards. See more »

Connections

Remake of First a Girl (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Almost a Love Song
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Julie Andrews and Tony Roberts
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Egregiously Overlooked? Yes, Indeed!
9 September 2003 | by lovesclassicsSee all my reviews

This video of the stage production of "Victor/Victoria" preserves what is likely to be the last Broadway performance of a living legend of the musical theater - Julie Andrews. Complications from vocal chord surgery performed not long after Dame Andrews left this production damaged her singing voice, probably permanently. The opportunity to see her in this historic Broadway performance should therefore not be missed by any of her fans.

The show isn't perfect. It gets off to a bit of a slow start with a moody opening number, "Paris By Night," then it takes a while for the story to unfold. There is a bit more exposition than is necessary, and the show really doesn't get into full swing until Julie and company's notable "Le Jazz Hot." From that point on, however, "Victor/Victoria" accelerates, and the laughs come quickly and often.

The energy boost is thanks in large part to the comic genius of Drama Desk Award Winner Rachel York as the dizzy blond gangster moll, Norma Cassidy. She takes the Oscar-winning role created in the 1982 movie version by Lesley Ann Warren and makes it her own. She finds the vulnerable core underneath the crass exterior and turns Norma into a lovable lunatic. Her timing is perfection, and the unexpected little twists in her delivery and physicality delight at every turn. She almost steals the show, but not quite. What she does accomplish, however, is to give Ms. Andrews a venerable foil. When the two of them are onstage together, the chemistry is electric. They have a tango toward the end of the first act that is one of the funniest pieces of choreography ever staged.

All the dance numbers are stellar, in fact. Credit goes to Rob Marshall, who has now become famous for his direction of the Academy Award winning movie adaptation of "Chicago." Every bit of choreography sizzles as the audience watches and wonders just which dancers are men and which are women.

While Michael Nouri as Victor/Victoria's love interest, King Marchan, may be considered the weak link in this cast (he just doesn't have the befuddled charisma that James Garner had in the movie), he sings and acts well enough to carry his share of the load. Tony Roberts is wonderfully droll as Victor's gay mentor, Toddy, and Greg Jbara is quite likeable as King's bodyguard, Squash. He offers up more than one surprise during the course of the evening.

By the time the last laugh is had, the audience is on its feet cheering for a landmark performance by one of the musical theater's all time greats. This reviewer has to agree with Ms. Andrews' own comments about Victor/Victoria. The entire show, and in particular cast member Rachel York, were egregiously overlooked by the Tony's.


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