Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (10/26/2000 - 9/01/2002)

First Preview: Sep 25, 2000
Opening Date: Oct 26, 2000
Closing Date: Sep 01, 2002
Total Previews: 35
Total Performances: 770

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Buffalo, New York. The Present.

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 Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsay Law and Thomas Hall

World premiere at Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Douglas C. Evans, Managing Director; Craig Noel, Executive Director)

Book by Terrence McNally; Music by David Yazbek; Lyrics by David Yazbek; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Dance arrangements by Zane Mark; Musical Director: Ted Sperling; Vocal and incidental music arrangements by Ted Sperling

Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell

Scenic Design by John Arnone; Costume Design by Robert Morgan; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Tom Clark; Associate Costume Design: Michele K. Short; Associate Lighting Design: Mark T. Simpson

General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: Dave Harris

Production Supervisor: Gene O'Donovan; Production Stage Manager: Nancy Harrington; Stage Manager: Julie Baldauff

Conducted by Kimberly Grigsby; Associate Conductor: Zane Mark; Reeds: Lino Gomez and Paul Vercesi; Trumpets: Bob Millikan and Kevin Batchelor; Trombones: Mike Boschen and Herb Besson; Keyboards: Zane Mark; Piano: Dan Lipton; Guitar: Steve Bargonetti; Bass: Chris Smylie; Drums: Dean Sharenow; Percussion: Howard Joines; Musical Coordinator: Ronald Sell

Casting: Liz Woodman Casting; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Dance Captain: Denis Jones; Marketing: The Walton Group

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Opening Night Cast

John Ellison ConleeDave Bukatinsky
Nicholas CutroNathan Lukowski
Jason DanieleyMalcolm MacGregor
Lisa DatzPam Lukowski
André De ShieldsNoah "Horse" T. Simmons
Jay DouglasMinister
Laura Marie DuncanSusan Hershey
Thomas Michael FissNathan Lukowski
Angelo FraboniTeddy Slaughter
Kathleen FreemanJeanette Burmeister
(Sep 25, 2000 - Aug 18, 2001)
Romain FrugéEthan Girard
Annie GoldenGeorgie Bukatinsky
Denis JonesBuddy "Keno" Walsh
Jannie JonesJoanie Lish
Liz McConahayEstelle Genovese
Marcus NevilleHarold Nichols
Patti PerkinsMolly MacGregor
Emily SkinnerVicki Nichols
Jimmy SmagulaTony Giordano
C. E. SmithPolice Sergeant
Todd WeeksReg Willoughby
Patrick WilsonJerry Lukowski
(Sep 25, 2000 - Nov 04, 2001)

Swings: Sue-Anne Morrow, Jason Opsahl, Matthew Stocke and Ronald Wyche

Understudies: Jay Douglas (Jerry Lukowski, Malcolm MacGregor), Laura Marie Duncan (Estelle Genovese, Georgie Bukatinsky, Pam Lukowski, Vicki Nichols), Angelo Fraboni (Buddy "Keno" Walsh), Denis Jones (Ethan Girard), Jannie Jones (Georgie Bukatinsky), Liz McConahay (Vicki Nichols), Sue-Anne Morrow (Estelle Genovese, Georgie Bukatinsky, Pam Lukowski), Jason Opsahl (Ethan Girard, Malcolm MacGregor), Patti Perkins (Jeanette Burmeister), Jimmy Smagula (Dave Bukatinsky), C. E. Smith (Noah "Horse" T. Simmons), Matthew Stocke (Jerry Lukowski), Todd Weeks (Harold Nichols) and Ronald Wyche (Noah "Horse" T. Simmons)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2001 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsay Law and Thomas Hall

 2001 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Terrence McNally

 2001 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Lyrics by David Yazbek; Music by David Yazbek

 2001 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Patrick Wilson

 2001 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Ellison Conlee

 2001 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

André De Shields

 2001 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kathleen Freeman

 2001 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2001 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Jack O'Brien

 2001 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

Drama Desk Award

 2001 Outstanding New Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsay Law and Thomas Hall

 2001 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Terrence McNally

 2001 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Patrick Wilson

 2001 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Ellison Conlee

 2001 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

André De Shields

 2001 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kathleen Freeman

 2001 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2001 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Jack O'Brien

 2001 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

 2001 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by David Yazbek

winner 2001 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by David Yazbek

 2001 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Howell Binkley

Theatre World

winner 2001 Award [recipient] 

Kathleen Freeman


music by David Yazbek; lyrics by David Yazbek

ACT 1 Sung By
ScrapJerry Lukowski, Dave Bukatinsky, Malcolm MacGregor, Ethan Girard, Reg Willoughby and The Men
It's a Woman's WorldGeorgie Bukatinsky, Susan Hershey, Joanie Lish and Estelle Genovese
ManJerry Lukowski and Dave Bukatinsky
Big-Ass RockJerry Lukowski, Dave Bukatinsky and Malcolm MacGregor
Life With HaroldVicki Nichols
Big Black ManNoah "Horse" T. Simmons and The Guys
You Rule My WorldDave Bukatinsky and Harold Nichols
Michael Jordan's BallThe Guys
ACT 2 Sung By
Jeanette's Showbiz NumberJeanette Burmeister and The Guys
Breeze Off the RiverJerry Lukowski
The GoodsThe Guys and The Women
You Walk with MeMalcolm MacGregor and Ethan Girard
You Rule My World (Reprise) Georgie Bukatinsky and Vicki Nichols
Let it GoThe Guys and The Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(10/26/2000 - 9/1/2002)
Associate Scenic Design: Brian Webb; Associate Sound Design: Nevin Steinberg.

Company Manager: Matthew Markoff.

Stage Manager: Stephen R. Gruse.

Assistant Conductor: Howard Joines.


Heidi Blickenstaff
Broadway debut
Susan Hershey (Dec 2001 - Mar 2002)
Andréa Burns
Vicki Nichols (Apr 16, 2002 - ?)
Kevin M. Burrows
Lori Chase
Susan Hershey
Will Chase
Jerry Lukowski (Nov 6, 2001 - Sep 1, 2002)
Jane Connell
Jeanette Burmeister
During Kathleen Freeman's vacationJeanette Burmeister (Jul 3, 2001 - Jul 15, 2001)
Chris Diamantopoulos
Ethan Girard (Nov 20, 2001 - ?)
Jay Douglas
Malcolm MacGregor
Danny Gurwin
Malcolm MacGregor (Nov 20, 2001 - ?)
Dennis Michael Hall
Nathan Lukowski Alternate
Carol Linnea Johnson
Broadway debut
Pam Lukowski
Sloan Just
Estelle Genovese
Larry Marshall
Noah "Horse" T. Simmons (Nov 20, 2001 - ?)
James Moye
Teddy Slaughter
Aaron Nutter
Nathan Lukowski Alternate
Connor Paolo
Nathan Lukowski Alternate
Daniel Stewart Sherman
Dave Bukatinsky (Nov 20, 2001 - ?)
Steven Skybell
Harold Nichols (Nov 20, 2001 - ?)
Sal Viviano
Reg Willoughby (Aug 2001 - Jan 2002)
Sarah Zimmerman
Susan Hershey

Understudies: Heidi Blickenstaff (Vicki Nichols), Lori Chase (Estelle Genovese, Jeanette Burmeister, Vicki Nichols), Jay Douglas (Buddy "Keno" Walsh), Sloan Just (Georgie Bukatinsky), Matthew Stocke (Harold Nichols), Paul Whitty, Sarah Zimmerman (Estelle Genovese, Pam Lukowski).

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