Virginia Theatre, (4/13/2000 - 6/11/2000)

First Preview: Mar 10, 2000
Opening Date: Apr 13, 2000
Closing Date: Jun 11, 2000
Total Previews: 36
Total Performances: 68

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York, NY. 1928.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival (George C. Wolfe, Producer), Scott Rudin, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Roger Berlind, Elizabeth Williams and Anita Waxman; NYSF Associate Producer: Wiley Hausam; NYSF Artistic Producer: Rosemarie Tichler

Music by Michael John LaChiusa; Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa; Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe; Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March; Musical Director: Todd Ellison; Music orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin

Directed by George C. Wolfe; Choreographed by Joey McKneely

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Associate Scenic Design: Atkin Pace and David Peterson; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Associate Costume Design: Veronica Worts; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Associate Sound Design: Kai Harada; Hair Design by Jeffrey Frank

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; NYSF Managing Director: Mark Litvin; NYSF General Manager: Michael Hurst; Company Manager: Charles Underhill; Associate Gen. Mgr: David Auster and Ron Gubin

Technical Supervisor: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Gwendolyn M. Gilliam; Stage Manager: Rick Steiger

Musical Coordinator: Seymour "Red" Press; Conducted by Todd Ellison; Associate Conductor: Linda Twine; Piano: Linda Twine; Woodwind: William Easley, Jimmy Cozier, Steven Kenyon and Roger Rosenberg; Trumpet: Brian O'Flaherty and Kamau Adilifu; Trombone: Tim Sessions; Violin: Lesa Terry, Ashley D. Horne and Julien Barber; Bass: Benjamin Franklin Brown; Drums: Brian Grice; Percussion: Bruce Doctor; Guitar: Steve Bargonetti

NYSF Casting: Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths, C.S.A.; NYSF Senior Director, External Affairs: Margaret M. Lioi; NYSF Press Representative: Carol R. Fineman and Thomas V. Naro; Marketing: The Karpel Group; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Dance Captain: Adrian Bailey; Fight direction by Luis Perez; NYSF Dramaturg: Wiley Hausam

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Opening Night Cast

Yancey AriasBlack
Toni Collette
Broadway debut
Queenie
Nathan Lee Graham
Broadway debut
Phil D'Armano
Adam GrupperGold
Leah HockingMae
Eartha KittDolores
Marc KudischJackie
Norm LewisEddie Mackrel
Michael McElroyOscar D'Armano
Brooke Sunny MoriberNadine
Sally MurphySally
Mandy PatinkinBurrs
Tonya PinkinsKate
Jane SummerhaysMiss Madelaine True
Stuart Zagnit
Broadway debut
Goldberg

Understudies: Adrian Bailey (Eddie Mackrel, Oscar D'Armano, Phil D'Armano), Jennifer Frankel (Kate, Mae, Miss Madelaine True), Jeff Gardner (Burrs, Gold, Goldberg), Jennifer Hall (Nadine, Sally), David Masenheimer (Burrs), René Millán (Black, Jackie), Dominique Plaisant (Kate, Queenie), Ching Valdes-Aran (Dolores) and Nicole Van Giesen (Queenie)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2000 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival (George C. Wolfe, Producer), Scott Rudin, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Roger Berlind, Elizabeth Williams and Anita Waxman

 2000 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe

 2000 Best Original Musical Score [nominee] 

Music by Michael John LaChiusa; Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa

 2000 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Mandy Patinkin

 2000 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Toni Collette

 2000 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Eartha Kitt

 2000 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher

 2000 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Peggy Eisenhauer

Drama Desk Award

 2000 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Mandy Patinkin

 2000 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Toni Collette

 2000 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Eartha Kitt

Theatre World

winner 2000 Award [recipient] 

Toni Collette

Songs

Queenie Was a Blonde / Marie is Tricky / Wild PartyQueenie, Burrs and Company
DryBurrs, Jackie, Miss Madelaine True, Sally, Eddie Mackrel, Mae, Nadine, Brothers D'Armano and Dolores
Welcome to My PartyQueenie
Like SallyMiss Madelaine True
Breezin' Through Another DayJackie
UptownBrothers D'Armano
Eddie & MaeEddie Mackrel and Mae
Gold & GoldbergGold and Goldberg
Moving UptownDolores
Black BottomQueenie and Company
Best FriendQueenie and Kate
A Little M-M-MBrothers D'Armano
Tabu / Taking Care of the LadiesOscar D'Armano, Black and Company
Wouldn't It Be Nice?Burrs
Lowdown-DownQueenie
GinBurrs and Company
WildCompany
NeedMiss Madelaine True and Company
Black Is a MoocherKate
People Like UsQueenie and Black
After Midnight DiesSally
Golden BoyEddie Mackrel and Brothers D'Armano
The Movin' Uptown BluesGold and Goldberg
The Lights of BroadwayNadine
MoreJackie
Love Ain't Nothing' / Welcome to Her Party / What I NeedKate, Burrs and Queenie
How Many Women in the World?Burrs
When It EndsDolores
This Is What It IsQueenie
FinaleQueenie, Burrs and Company
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