Imperial Theatre, (4/13/1961 - 12/15/1962)
Winter Garden Theatre, (12/20/1962 - 1/05/1963)

First Preview: Apr 12, 1961
Opening Date: Apr 13, 1961
Closing Date: Jan 05, 1963
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 719

Category: Musical, Puppets, Original, Broadway
Setting: The outskirts of a town in Southern Europe.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by David Merrick

Book by Michael Stewart; Based on material by Helen Deutsch; Originally based upon a story entitled "The Seven Souls of Clement O'Reilly" by Paul Gallico; Music by Bob Merrill; Lyrics by Bob Merrill; Musical Director: Saul Schechtman; Vocal arrangements by Saul Schechtman; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Dance arrangements by Peter Howard

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

Scenic Design by Will Steven Armstrong; Costume Design by Freddy Wittop; Lighting Design by Will Steven Armstrong; Puppets created and supervised by Tom Tichenor; Coiffures by Michel Kazan

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Richard Grayson

Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley; Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell

Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

Designer and supervisor of magic and illusion: Roy Benson

General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: David Powers; Casting: Michael Shurtleff; Production Associate: Robert Schear; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Anna Maria AlberghettiLili
Kaye BallardThe Incomparable Rosalie
Henry LascoeMr. Schlegel
James MitchellMarco the Magnificent
Pierre OlafJacquot
Jerry OrbachPaul Berthalet
Carrot Top
Horrible Henry
Christine BartelGloria Zuwicki
Nicole BarthHarem Girl
Blue Bird
C.B. BernardBand
Jennifer BillingsleyBear Girl
Blue Bird
Martin BrothersJuggler
Carvel CarterWardrobe Mistress
Dean CraneStilt-Walker
Bob DixonClown
Igors GavonDr. Glass
Anita GilletteGypsy
Tony GomezRoustabout
Will LeeGrobert
Luba LisaPrincess Olga
Peter LombardBand
Iva MarchHarem Girl
Blue Bird
George MarcyRoustabout
June MeshonekGreta Schlegel
Bob MurrayCyclist
Mary Ann NilesGladys Zuwicki
Johnny NolaRoustabout
Harry Lee RogersClown
Beti SeayHarem Girl
Blue Bird
Buff ShurrRoustabout
Paul SydellDog Trainer
Pat TolsonStrongman

Standby: Anita Gillette (Lili)

Understudies: Alvin Beam (Roustabout), Carvel Carter (The Incomparable Rosalie), Igors Gavon (Carrot Top, Horrible Henry, Margueritte, Paul Berthalet, Renardo), Paula Lloyd (Princess Olga), Peter Lombard (Dr. Glass), George Marcy (Marco the Magnificent), Michel Moinot (Jacquot) and Woody Romoff (Grobert, Mr. Schlegel)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1962 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Michael Stewart; Based on Helen Deutsch; Music by Bob Merrill; Lyrics by Bob Merrill; Produced by David Merrick

 1962 Best Author of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Michael Stewart; Based on Helen Deutsch

winner 1962 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Anna Maria Alberghetti

 1962 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Pierre Olaf

winner 1962 Best Scenic Design [winner] 

Will Steven Armstrong

 1962 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Gower Champion

 1962 Best Producer of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Merrick


music by Bob Merrill; lyrics by Bob Merrill

ACT 1 Sung By
Direct from ViennaThe Incomparable Rosalie, Greta Schlegel and Carnival People
A Very Nice ManLili
I've Got to Find a ReasonPaul Berthalet
Sword, Rose and CapeMarco the Magnificent and Roustabouts
HummingThe Incomparable Rosalie and Mr. Schlegel
Yes, My HeartLili and Roustabouts
Everybody Likes YouPaul Berthalet
Magic, MagicMarco the Magnificent, The Incomparable Rosalie and Lili
Tanz Mit MirThe Bluebird Girls
Carnival BalletLili, Carnival People and Townspeople
Mira (Reprise) Lili
Theme from "Carnival"Lili and Puppets
ACT 2 Sung By
Yum TickyLili and Puppets
The RichLili and Puppets
Theme from "Carnival" (Reprise) Lili and Puppets
Beautiful CandyLili, Puppets and Vendors
Her FacePaul Berthalet
Grand Imperial Cirque de ParisJacquot and Carnival People
I Hate HimLili
Her Face (Reprise) Paul Berthalet
Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris (Reprise) Carnival People
Always Always YouMarco the Magnificent and The Incomparable Rosalie
She's My LovePaul Berthalet

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Imperial Theatre

(4/13/1961 - 12/15/1962)

Assistant Stage Mgr: C. K. Alexander.

Assistant Conductor: Myron Roman.

Dance Captain: Buff Shurr.


Carla Alberghetti
Ed Ames
Paul Berthalet
Leni Anders
Blue Bird
Harem Girl
Kaye Ballard
The Incomparable Rosalie (Aug 13, 1962 - ?)
Gene Bigelow
Carvel Carter
Gloria Zuwicki
Anita Gillette
Jane Kean
The Incomparable Rosalie
Walda Kerr
Wardrobe Mistress
Paula Lloyd
Jonathan Lucas
Marco the Magnificent
Julia Migenes
Adriane Rogers
Princess Olga
Bear Girl
Rudy Tronto
Mimi Turque
Wendy Waring
Susan Watson

Standby: Wendy Waring (Lili).

Understudy: C. K. Alexander (Grobert, Mr. Schlegel), Christine Bartel (The Incomparable Rosalie).

Winter Garden Theatre

(12/20/1962 - 1/5/1963)

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