St. James Theatre, (12/26/1960 - 12/16/1961)
54th Street Theatre, (12/25/1961 - 1/13/1962)

Opening Date: Dec 26, 1960
Closing Date: Jan 13, 1962
Total Performances: 400

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Now.
Comments: On layoff from July 24 - August 21, 1961.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Samuel H. Schwartz)

Produced by David Merrick; Associate Producer: Jones Harris

Musical Director: Lehman Engel; Book by Garson Kanin; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson; Vocal arrangements and vocal direction by Buster Davis; Dance arrangements by David Baker

Directed by Garson Kanin; Choreographed by Marc Breaux and Deedee Wood; Associate Director: William Hammerstein

Theatre sound and acoustical facilities engineered by Richard H. Ranger; Scenic Design by Boris Aronson; Costume Design by Irene Sharaff; Lighting Design by Al Alloy; Coiffures by Michel Kazan

Company Manager: Vince McKnight; General Manager: Jack Schlissel

General Stage Manager: Bernard Gersten; Stage Manager: May Muth; Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley

Head Copyist: Brick Fleagle; Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

Press Representative: Bill Doll; Casting Director: Michael Shurtleff; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Phil SilversHubert Cram
Nancy WalkerKay Cram
David BurnsBrains Berman
Nancy DussaultTilda Mullen
George GivotSkin Demopoulos
George MathewsFatso O'Rear
John ReardonJohn Henry Wheeler
Marilynn AllwynA Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Doria AvilaMember of the Public
Diane BallA Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Chad BlockJames Russell Lowell, IV
Marilyn ChildThelma Berman
Frank DerbasA Waiter
Member of the Public
Sandra DevlinA Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
David GoldThe Interviewer
Member of the Public
Edward GraceSenator Redfield
Member of the Public
Regina GrovesA Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Stuart HodesThe Photographer
Member of the Public
Curtis HoodMember of the Public
Daniel JasinskiMember of the Public
Marc JordanThe Headwaiter
Fatso's Lawyer
Member of the Public
Patti KarrDance Team
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Betty KentA Swinger
Gretchen
Member of the Public
Ray KirchnerDance Team
The Sumo Student
Member of the Public
Barbara LangMember of the Public
Josephine LangMember of the Public
Al LewisMoe Shtarker
Albert LinvilleThe Recording Engineer
Senator Rogers
Ken MaloneMember of the Public
Jim MarleyMember of the Public
Bob McClureThe Maitre D'
A Commentator
Member of the Public
James MooreMember of the Public
Al NesorWolfie
Dawn NickersonMember of the Public
Ed PfeifferMember of the Public
Carolyn RagainiMarsha
Member of the Public
Steve RolandLou
The Chief Counsel
Member of the Public
Donna SandersA Swinger
Member of the Public
Suzanne ShawA Swinger
Member of the Public
Carol StevensA Casa Girl
Wheeler's Secretary
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Allan StevensonA Commentator
Liza StuartMember of the Public
Dean TaliaferroA Casa Girl
Wheeler's Secretary
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Pat TolsonBrains' Lawyer
Member of the Public
Nancy Van RijnA Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Richard YoungMember of the Public

Standby: Bernie West (Hubert Cram)

Understudies: David Gold (James Russell Lowell, IV), Marc Jordan (Wolfie), Patti Karr (Kay Cram), Al Lewis (Fatso O'Rear), Jim Marley (Brains Berman, Moe Shtarker), Al Nesor (Skin Demopoulos) and Dawn Nickerson (Tilda Mullen)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1961 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Garson Kanin; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Produced by David Merrick

 1961 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Phil Silvers

 1961 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Nancy Walker

 1961 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Nancy Dussault

 1961 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Garson Kanin

Theatre World

winner 1961 Award [recipient] 

Nancy Dussault

Songs

music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

ACT 1 Sung By
Waiting, Waiting
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Kay Cram
All You Need Is a Quarter
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
The Swingers
Take a Job
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie and Kay Cram
It's Legitimate
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie, Fatso O'Rear, Brains Berman, Skin Demopoulos and the Loaders
I Know About Love
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
John Henry Wheeler
The Auditions
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Marsha, Lou and Gretchen
Cry Like the Wind
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Tilda Mullen
Ambition
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie and Tilda Mullen
Success
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
The Tilda Mullen Fans, Tilda Mullen, Hubie, Fatso O'Rear, Brains Berman and Skin Demopoulos
Fireworks
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Tilda Mullen and John Henry Wheeler
What's New at the Zoo
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Tilda Mullen and Animal Girls
Asking for You
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
John Henry Wheeler
The Late, Late Show
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie
ACT 2 Sung By
Adventure
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie and Kay Cram
Make Someone Happy
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
John Henry Wheeler and Tilda Mullen
Don't Be Ashamed of a Teardrop
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie, Fatso O'Rear, Brains Berman and Skin Demopoulos
V.I.P.
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
The Public and Hubie
All of My LIfe
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie
Finale
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Hubie, Kay Cram and Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


St. James Theatre

(12/26/1960 - 12/16/1961)

Cast

Leni Anders
A Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Wheeler's Secretary
Lynne Broadbent
A Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Sandra Devlin
Thelma Berman
Gail Johnston
Member of the Public
Alan Kirk
Member of the Public
Jack Metté
Member of the Public
Don Morgan
Member of the Public
Shirley Nelson
An Animal Girl
Dance Team
Member of the Public
Wendy Nickerson
A Casa Girl
An Animal Girl
Member of the Public
Bill Richards
A Waiter
Brains' Lawyer
Member of the Public
Seth Riggs
A Commentator
Roy Smith
Member of the Public
Wally Strauss
Member of the Public

Understudy: Seth Riggs (John Henry Wheeler).

54th Street Theatre

(12/25/1961 - 1/13/1962)



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