Mama — mother of Belle. A hooker with a heart of gold. Often played in drag. Her first name, Tallulah, is only given in the Garber and Coco revival.
Belle Poitrine — the heroine, née Schlumpfert. Played by two women, Older Belle and Younger Belle in the original version, and by one woman in the Martin Short revival.
Mrs. Eggleston — Noble's mother. Her first name, Flo, is only given in the Garber and Coco revival. Often played in drag. George Musgrove — a young, handsome gambler who falls in love with Belle. Renamed Frankie Polo, the gangster, in the Garber and Coco revival, and Lucky Malone in the Martin Short revival. The Men in Belle's life:
Noble Eggleston — Belle's true love
Mr. Pinchley — old rich man The Buchsbaum Brothers — Benny and Bernie, two fast-talking vaudeville bookers Val du Val — an entertainer Fred Poitrine — a World War I private Otto Schnitzler — movie director Mr. Worst — An eccentric millionaire. Present only in the Garber and Coco revival.
Prince Cherney — a Prince NOTE: The parts of Noble, Mr. Pinchley, Val du Val, Fred Poitrine, Otto Schitzler and Prince Cherney are typically played by the same actor; Martin Short additionally played the role of Benny Buchsbaum. Some productions have also given the lead actor the roles of Patrick Dennis and George Musgrove. Other Characters:
Patrick Dennis — A famous writer, ghost-writing Belle's autobiography
Bernie and Benny Buchsbaum — Two theatrical producers who take advantage of Belle's notoriety to make her a vaudeville star (despite her lack of talent) and later produce her self-financed film career.
Ramona Nightengale — Noble's fiancee, chosen by his mother
Brucey — Noble's sycophantic, arrogant sidekick
Yulnick — Prince Cherney's confidante.
Butler/Hairdressers — At Belle Poitrine's Southhampton house. Present only in the original production.
Junior — Mr. Pichley's son.
Mrs. Kepplewhite — Mr. Pinchley's secretary.
Nurse — Mr. Pinchley's nurse.