Out of This World (Musical)

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Out of This World is a musical with the music and lyrics by Cole Porter . The book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence was based on the comedies Amphitryon 38 by Jean Giraudoux and their American adaptation by Samuel Nathaniel Behrman , which in turn are based on the tragic comedy Amphitruo by Plautus .

The premiere took place on December 21, 1950 at the New Century Theater in New York . Directed by Agnes de Mille with assistance from George Abbott , the choreography was done by Hanya Holm . The German-language premiere took place on December 31, 1986 in the Pforzheim Theater, in a version by Hartmut H. Forche and Mary Millane. On December 13, 2007, the new translation by Wolfgang Adenberg under the title Not of this world premiered in the Alten Schauspielhaus in Stuttgart .


As in Plautus' Amphitruo, Jupiter's object of desire is a married woman. Here the American Helen Kenyon, who is newly wed to the reporter Art O'Malley. Jupiter gets the desired intercourse in the shape of the husband, with the help of his son Mercury and O'Maley's greed for a story about a tax evader wanted by the FBI who has gone into hiding in Greece. The betrayed Helen, after Jupiter has revealed himself to her and offered immortality, chooses her husband, who then also gets his story.

Well-known music numbers

  • Cherry Pies Ought to Be You
  • I am loved
  • You Don't Remind Me ( removed during tryouts )
  • From This Moment On (removed during tryouts)


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