House of Flowers; a musical

[solid clean book, but with some unfortunate deterioration (possibly due to insect-nibbling) to top and bottom edges of both covers (exposure of boards at various points); the jacket is nearly flawless, with just a bit of fading to the title on the spine]. (B&W photographs) Capote's first venture into musical theatre, an adaptation of his own novella about the ladies of a bordello in the French West Indies. First presented on Broadway in 1954, it garnered generally tepid reviews but managed a respectable run of 165 performances. (The array of talent involved is kind of mind-boggling: Pearl Bailey, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, Geoffrey Holder and a young Diahann Carroll in the cast; director, Peter Brook; choreography, Herbert Ross; scenic design, Oliver Messel (who won a Tony for it). It was revived off-Broadway in 1968 and didn't fare much better, although it did occasion this first publication of its book and lyrics. (No specific printing is stated in this copy, but it is a trade edition (in fact, I don't think there was a book club issue), with a $4.50 printed price on the unclipped jacket.)

Title: House of Flowers; a musical

Author: Capote, Truman (book and lyrics), and Harold Arlen (music and lyrics)

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj design) S. Neil Fujita

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: Later Printing? (see note)

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1968)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good in Near Fine dj

Seller ID: 23892

Keywords: Musicals Caribbean