Martin Beck Theatre, (4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960)
54th Street Theatre, (10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961)
Shubert Theatre, (1/16/1961 - 10/07/1961)

Opening Date: Apr 14, 1960
Closing Date: Oct 07, 1961
Total Performances: 607

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical comedy in two acts
Setting: New York. Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Martin Beck Estate; Martin Beck General Manager: Louis A. Lotito

Produced by Edward Padula; Produced in association with L. Slade Brown

Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Music orchestrated by Robert Ginzler; Dance arrangements by John Morris; Additional scoring by Elliot Lawrence

Directed by Gower Champion; Choreographed by Gower Champion; Associate Choreographer: Gene Bayliss

Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Miles White; Lighting Design by Peggy Clark; Hair Design by Ernest Adler

General Manager: Robert Rapport

Production Stage Manager: Michael Thoma; Stage Manager: Edward Nayor

Music Contractor: Stanley Fishelson; Head Copyist: Scott Fisher

Film Sequences by Robert J. McCarty; Film Sequences in association with Robert Gaffney

Press Representative: Reuben Rabinovitch; Production Associate: Dorian Granowski; Production Coordinator: Duane Camp; Advertising: Ingram Ash; Vocal Coach: Dori Davis; Photographer: Friedman-Abeles

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Opening Night Cast

Chita RiveraRose Grant
(Apr 14, 1960 - Apr 08, 1961)
Dick Van DykeAlbert Peterson
(Apr 14, 1960 - Apr 08, 1961)
Dick GautierConrad Birdie
Paul LyndeMr. MacAfee
Kay MedfordMae Peterson
Michael J. PollardHugo Peabody
Susan WatsonKim MacAfee
Jessica AlbrightDeborah Sue
Teen Trio
Ed BeckerNeighbor
Vicki BelmonteMartha Louise
Teen Trio
George BlackwellCharles F. Maude
Johnny BordenRandolph MacAfee
Lynn BowinSuzie
Kenny BurrellGuitar Man
John CoyleReporter
Dick CrowleyShriner
Dori DavisOld Woman
Jerry DodgeKarl
Barbara DohertyUrsula Merkle
Lada EdmundPenelope Ann
Tracy EverittFreddie
Don FarnworthReporter
Bud FlemingShriner
Penny Ann GreenCarol
Amelia HaasMayor's Wife
Lee HowardReporter
Gary HowePeyton
Will JordanEd Sullivan's Voice
Judy KeirnLinda
Allen KnowlesMayor
Kasimir KokichConductor
Ed KresleyHenry
Sharon LeritAlice
Sad Girl
Marijane MaricleMrs. MacAfee
Marissa MasonNancy
Jeannine MastersonNeighbor
Pat McEnnisMrs. Merkle
Tony MordenteTV Stage Manager
Oran OsburnNeighbor
Louise QuickMargie Ann
Teen Trio
Charles Nelson ReillyMr. Henkel
Norma RichardsonGloria Rasputin
Jim SiscoReporter
Bob SpencerArthur
Dean StolberHarvey
Michael VitaHarold
Karin WolfeHelen
Another Sad Girl

Swings: Penny Ann Green and Ed Kresley

Standby: Patti Karr (Rose Grant) and Charles Nelson Reilly (Albert Peterson)

Understudies: Jessica Albright (Ursula Merkle), Ed Becker (Charles F. Maude), Vicki Belmonte (Kim MacAfee), Lynn Bowin (Gloria Rasputin), Don Farnworth (Mayor), Bud Fleming (How to Kill a Man Ballet), Amelia Haas (Mrs. Merkle), Lee Howard (Mr. Henkel, Mr. MacAfee), Ed Kresley (TV Stage Manager), Jeannine Masterson (Mrs. MacAfee), Pat McEnnis (Mae Peterson), Tony Mordente (Conrad Birdie), Bob Spencer (Harvey) and Dean Stolber (Hugo Peabody, Randolph MacAfee)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1961 Best Musical [winner] 

Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Produced by Edward Padula; Produced in association with L. Slade Brown

winner 1961 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Dick Van Dyke

 1961 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Dick Gautier

 1961 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Chita Rivera

 1961 Best Scenic Design (Musical) [nominee] 

Robert Randolph

winner 1961 Best Choreography [winner] 

Gower Champion

winner 1961 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Gower Champion

 1961 Best Conductor and Musical Director [nominee] 

Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence


music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams

ACT 1 Sung By
An English TeacherRose Grant and Albert Peterson
The Telephone HourSweet Apple Kids
How Lovely to Be a WomanKim MacAfee
We Love You, Conrad!Teen Trio
Put on a Happy FaceAlbert Peterson and Two Sad Girls
Normal American BoyRose Grant, Albert Peterson and Chorus
One BoyKim MacAfee, Deborah Sue, Suzie and Alice
One Boy (Reprise) Rose Grant
Honestly SincereConrad Birdie and Townspeople
Hymn for a Sunday EveningMr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee, Kim MacAfee, Randolph MacAfee and Neighbors
Ballet: How to Kill a ManRose Grant, Albert Peterson and Company
One Last KissConrad Birdie and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
What Did I Ever See in Him?Rose Grant and Kim MacAfee
A Lot of Livin' to Do Conrad Birdie, Kim MacAfee and Teenager
KidsMr. MacAfee and Mrs. MacAfee
Baby, Talk to MeAlbert Peterson and Quartet
Shriners' BalletRose Grant and Shriners
Kids (Reprise) Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee, Randolph MacAfee and Townspeople
Spanish RoseRose Grant
RosieAlbert Peterson and Rose Grant

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Martin Beck Theatre

(4/14/1960 - 10/22/1960)

Company Manager: Michael Goldreyer.


Ed Becker
Dish Washer
Lee Howard
Bar Customer
Oran Osburn
Bar Customer

Standby: Carmen Alvarez (Rose Grant).

Understudy: Ed Kresley (Conrad Birdie), Michael Vita (TV Stage Manager), Karin Wolfe (Kim MacAfee).

54th Street Theatre

(10/24/1960 - 1/14/1961)

Shubert Theatre

(1/16/1961 - 10/7/1961)

Musical Director: Sherman Frank.

Stage Manager: Elsa Walden; Assistant Stage Mgr: Fred Kimbrough.

Assistant Conductor: Don Plumby.


Jill Choder
Another Sad Girl
Kay Cole
Sad Girl
Beth Howland
Bill Joyce
Bob Mariano
Patti Mariano
Jacqueline Mayro
Ursula Merkle
Dick Patterson
Albert Peterson (? - Oct 7, 1961)
Barry Pearl
Broadway debut
Randolph MacAfee (Aug 1961 - Oct 7, 1961)
Gene Rayburn
Albert Peterson (Apr 9, 1961 - ?)
Lori Rogers
Marilyn Siskin
Another Sad Girl
Gretchen Wyler
Rose Grant (Apr 9, 1961 - Oct 7, 1961)

Swing: Beth Howland.

Understudy: Bill Joyce (Mayor), Bob Mariano (Hugo Peabody, Randolph MacAfee).

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