Dig Deeper - Fabulous, Funny, and Very French!

Opening night for Boeing Boeing is this Friday at Lyric Arts and we're ready for a fun, fabulous and very French farce!  When Boeing-Boeing opened in Paris in 1960 it became French playwright Marc Camoletti's signature hit and ran for a record-breaking 19 years.  The original London production, in an adaptation by Beverley Cross, ran for seven years, racking up more than 2,000 performances.  The Guinness Book of World Records lists Boeing Boeing as the most performed French play worldwide.

It is interesting to note that the original Broadway production and Paramount film starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis didn't tickle quite as many American funny bones in 1965, but perhaps that reflects French and American cultural differences.  American playwrights may have appropriated French maids and French windows as farcical devices, but we are a bit reluctant to embrace the French attitude towards sex.  Adultery may play a part in an American farce, but it's usually viewed as ultimately unacceptable and must be resolved at the end of the play.  In a French farce, adultery is often simply problematic, complicated, or just too expensive.   There may be more slamming doors in Noises' Off than in Boeing Boeing, but they're put to a more innocent use.  However, in 1965 America was in the midst of a culture war that ended in a sexual revolution.  Perhaps a shift in attitude towards sex is reflected in the popularity of the 2008 Broadway revival starring Mark Rylance and Christine Baranski which ran for 279 performances, earned six Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor and Best Revival.  Boeing Boeing now appears regularly at theaters across the U.S and we hope to see you in the seats for this fun and fabulous farce!


Dig Deeper - Glamour Girls of the Jet Age

In a little over 2 weeks, Lyric Arts opens Boeing Boeing, a bedroom farce featuring three stunning stewardesses all unknowingly engaged to the same man. But soon the speedier jet age throws everything into confusion and hijinks ensue.  When Marc Camoletti wrote his play in 1960, American Airlines had already opened a new stewardess training facility, celebrated in Life Magazine with the article, “Glamor Girls of the Air: For Lucky Ones Being Hostess is the Mostest.”  This tribute perfectly captured the postwar vision of the air hostess as a gorgeous, cultured, cosmopolitan woman of the world.

In the 1960s and 1970s, many airlines began using this growing iconic image as part of their marketing schemes - touting the attractiveness and friendliness of their stewardesses.   National Airlines began a “Fly Me”; campaign using attractive female flight attendants with taglines such as “I’m Lorraine. Fly me to Orlando.”  Braniff International Airways, presented a campaign known as the “Air Strip” with a similarly attractive young female flight attendant changing uniforms mid-flight.  Click on the links above to watch examples of these T.V. ad campaigns and book your tickets now for the hip and hysterical Boeing Boeing!