The Bourgeois Gentleman

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(4.9 stars; 13 reviews)

The Bourgeois Gentleman of the title is a middle-class social climber, assured that by learning all the arts of a true and noble gentleman, he shall truly become one. This enables Moliere to satire both the pretentious middle class and the snobbish aristocracy all at one time. Originally presented in 1670 before the court of Louis the 14th with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, it was more recently re-choreographed by George Balanchine to music by Strauss. This will be a purely spoken version of the original. - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:

Monsieur Jourdain, bourgeois: ToddHW

Madame Jourdain, his wife: Lian Pang

Lucile, their daughter: Lydia

Nicole, maid: Charlotte Duckett

Cléonte, suitor of Lucile: Tomas Peter

Covielle, Cléonte's valet: Peter Tucker

Dorante, Count, suitor of Dorimène: MaskedTai

Dorimène, Marchioness: Sarah Holtz

Music Master: Leanne Yau

Pupil of the Music Master: Zames Curran

Dancing Master: Beth Thomas

Fencing Master: Jennifer Fournier

Master of Philosophy: John Burlinson

Tailor: K. Adrian Stroet

Tailor's Apprentice: Arielle Lipshaw

First Lackey: David Olson

Second Lackey: MaryAnnS

First Man: Michaël Cadilhac

Second Man: Tomas Peter

Woman: Niki Myers

Musician: Chuck Williamson

First Male Singer: Michaël Cadilhac

Second Male Singer: Chuck Williamson

Woman Singer: Niki Myers

Stage Directions: Availle

Edited By:  ToddHW (2 hr 5 min)


Act 1 15:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 30:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 48:26 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 18:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 13:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Very good read.

(5 stars)

This is relevant even today, people trying to be someone they are not. Overall its really good book , funny and witty, readers cast did great job.

Another great reading

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's only a shame it couldn't be recorded alongside Lully's original music!