courtesan : noun : a woman who has sex with rich or important men in exchange for money : a prostitute who has sex with wealthy and powerful men
Lerner and Loewe followed the success of My Fair Lady with a lavish adaptation Colette’s Gigi. The music and costumes disguise the sordid aspects of the story. Gigi is groomed, like Eliza Doolittle, for high society but the cost is steep. As Tom and Lorenzo put it in their hilarious recap “Because this is a film from 1958, the oral sex lessons take place off-camera.”
The film was adapted the stage in 1973 and is being revised for a Broadway revival in 2015.