May 22, · Illya Darling Original Broadway Cast Illya Darling is the musical version of a naughty for its' time little movie called "Never On Sunday" about a hooker with a heart of gold starring the incandescent Melina Mercouri as Illya. The show bloated the little movie and although it ran for over performances, it flopped like a beached whale/5(6).
According to Steven Suskin, the musical was "the season's biggest star-vehicle with the biggest advance sale: Melina Mercouri in the "Never on Sunday" musical, Illya Darling. Not so darling, as it turned out; the charm of the low-budget Greek-language film was overblown into a full-scale Broadway affair with a distinct lack of charm or skill."Book: Jules Dassin.
HELLO, ILLYA! Kritzerland is proud to present the first ever CD release of the Original Cast Recording of Illya Darling, with a score by Manos Hadjidakis and Joe Darion.. Illya Darling opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theater on April 11, It was based on the wildly popular Greek film Never On Sunday, which made an International star of Melina Mercouri.