Zaza (play)

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Zaza is a French-language play written by playwrights Pierre Berton and Charles Simon, and staged for the first time at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris, in May 1898.[1] The title character is a prostitute who becomes a music hall entertainer and the mistress of a married man.

The play is probably best known in the English-speaking world in the adaptation of the same title by David Belasco, which premiered at the Lafayette Square Opera House in Washington, D.C., in December 1898, and subsequently opened at the Garrick Theatre in New York City, in January 1899.[1]

According to the IMDb, it was produced on stage and in film six times between 1913 and 1956. The IMDB's best-documented instance is the 1939 production starring Claudette Colbert as Zaza, Herbert Marshall as the man whose mistress she becomes, and Bert Lahr as her music-hall partner.


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Katie N. (2002). "Zaza: That "Obtruding Harlot" of the Stage." Theatre Journal. Vol. 54, no. 2. pp. 223-243. Retrieved 2017-08-31 via Project MUSE database. doi:10.1353/tj.2002.0046.

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