What the Ladies Show

What the Ladies Show (1936)

Juanita Barceló

Genre: Vaudeville in three acts.
Text: Joaquín Vela and Enrique Sierra.
Music: Francisco Alonso.
Premiere: January 24, 1936, at Teatro Martín, Madrid.
Performers at the premiere: Margarita Carbajal, Amparo Taberner, Juanita Barceló, Miss Navalón, Miss Delmar, Mr. Bárcenas, Mr. Heredia, Mr. Lledó, Mr. Sevilla.

As its title reveals, Lo que las mujeres enseñan is a variety show with a crazy story, in which the musical numbers are put together to make it the most of the most spectacular costumes and legs of tiples and vicetiples.

There are moments in the plot that were considered rather scabrous, but the newspapers praised the ability of their authors to keep the story moving.

All the musical numbers were repeated and particularly applauded were a fox, the caricature of an opera toast, an “oriental dance”, which is set in a slave market and the “pasodoble de las toreras”, in the second set of scenes, which bore the unmistakeable hallmark of Maestro Alonso.