Imperial Theatre, (10/12/1950 - 5/03/1952)

Opening Date: Oct 12, 1950
Closing Date: May 03, 1952
Total Performances: 644

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The play is laid in two mythical countries. One is called Lichtenburg. The other is the United States.
Comments: This play was suggested by the 1949 appointment of Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassadress to Luxembourg; however, the program announced "neither the character of Mrs. Sally Adams nor Miss Ethel Merman resemble any person living or dead."

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Select Operating Corporation and The Shubert Organization

Produced by Leland Hayward

Music by Irving Berlin; Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Genevieve Pitot and Jesse Meeker; Additional orchestrations by Joe Glover; Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton; Piano Arrangements by Helmy Kresa

Directed by George Abbott; Dances and Musical Numbers Stage by Jerome Robbins

Scenic Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Costume Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Miss Merman's dresses by Mainbocher

General Manager: Herman Bernstein; Company Manager: Carl Fisher

Production Stage Manager: Robert Griffith; Stage Manager: Don Hershey

Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff

Press Representative: Leo Freedman, Abner D. Klipstein and Robert Ullman; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Ethel MermanMrs. Sally Adams
Paul LukasCosmo Constantine
Rae AbruzzoSinger
Jeanne BalSecretary to Mrs. Adams
Aristide BartisSinger
Muriel BentleyPrincipal Dancer
Ralph ChambersSenator Gallagher
Owen CollSupreme Court Justice
Grand Duke Otto
William DavidHenry Gibson
Court Chamberlain
Trudy DeluzSinger
Ollie Engebretson"Potato Bug"
Shellie FarrellDancer
Richard Fjellman"Potato Bug"
Lydia FredericksSinger
Nina FrenkinDancer
Nathaniel FreySinger
Estelle GardnerSinger
William HailButler
Patricia HammerleeDancer
Pat HarringtonCongressman Wilkins
Fred HearnDancer
Barbara HeathDancer
Alan HewittPemberton Maxwell
Norma KaiserDancer
Principal Dancer
Allan KnollsDancer
E. A. KrumschmidtHugo Tantinnin
Henry LascoeSebastian Sebastian
Kenneth Le RoyDancer
Virginia Le RoyDancer
Ralph LinnDancer
Albert LinvilleSinger
Geoffrey LumbThe Secretary of State
Ruth McVayneSinger
Douglas MoppertDancer
Russell NypeKenneth Gibson
Lily PagetA Maid
Arthur PartingtonPrincipal Dancer
Noella PeloquinSinger
Robert PennSinger
Stowe PhelpsClerk
Tommy RallPrincipal Dancer
Tom ReiderSinger
John SheehanSinger
Stanley SimmondsSinger
Lilia SkalaGrand Duchess Sophie
Ray StephensSinger
Galina TalvaPrincess Maria
Bobby TuckerDancer
Kirsten ValborDancer
Jay VelieSenator Brockbank
William WeslowDancer
Helene WhitneySinger

Standby: Elaine Stritch (Mrs. Sally Adams)

Understudies: Rae Abruzzo (A Maid, Grand Duchess Sophie), Jeanne Bal (Princess Maria), Lydia Fredericks (Mrs. Sally Adams), Nathaniel Frey (Congressman Wilkins, Hugo Tantinnin), William Hail (Senator Gallagher), Fred Hearn (Senator Brockbank), Albert Linville (Grand Duke Otto, The Secretary of State), Ruth McVayne (Secretary to Mrs. Adams), Robert Penn (Court Chamberlain, Henry Gibson), Stowe Phelps (Kenneth Gibson), Tom Reider (Cosmo Constantine), Stanley Simmonds (Sebastian Sebastian) and Ray Stephens (Pemberton Maxwell)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1952 Stage Technician [winner] 

Carpenter: Pete Feller

winner 1951 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Irving Berlin

winner 1951 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Ethel Merman

winner 1951 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Russell Nype

Theatre World

winner 1951 Award [recipient] 

Russell Nype


music by Irving Berlin; lyrics by Irving Berlin

ACT 1 Sung By
Mrs. Sally AdamsThe Company
The Hostess With the Mostes' on the BallMrs. Sally Adams
Washington Square DanceMrs. Sally Adams and Company
LichtenburgCosmo Constantine and Singers
Can You Use Any Money Today?Mrs. Sally Adams
Marrying For LoveCosmo Constantine and Mrs. Sally Adams
The OcarinaPrincess Maria, Dancers, "Potato Bug" and Company
It's a Lovely Day TodayKenneth Gibson and Princess Maria
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise) Kenneth Gibson, Dancers and Company
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me)Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
ACT 2 Sung By
Lichtenburg (Reprise) Cosmo Constantine and Singers
Something To Dance AboutMrs. Sally Adams, Principal Dancers and Company
Once Upon a Time TodayKenneth Gibson
They Like IkeCongressman Wilkins, Senator Gallagher and Senator Brockbank
You're Just in LoveMrs. Sally Adams and Kenneth Gibson
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) (Reprise) Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise) Kenneth Gibson and Princess Marie
Mrs. Sally Adams (Reprise) The Company
FinaleThe Company and Mrs. Sally Adams

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Imperial Theatre

(10/12/1950 - 5/3/1952)


Jane Carlyle
Joy Carroll
Crandall Diehl
Dolores Goodman
Eric Kristen
Gene Myers
Robert Patterson
Edward Pfeiffer
Will Scholz

Standbys: Nancy Andrews (Mrs. Sally Adams).

Understudies: Lydia Fredericks (Secretary to Mrs. Adams), Robert Patterson (Supreme Court Justice, The Secretary of State), Will Scholz (Hugo Tantinnin, Sebastian Sebastian), Stanley Simmonds (Congressman Wilkins, Grand Duke Otto).

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