"By the Beautiful Sea" played a total of 270 performances over the course of its run. The performance count at each venue is undiscovered.

Majestic Theatre, (4/08/1954 - 10/01/1954)
Imperial Theatre, (10/02/1954 - 11/27/1954)

Opening Date: Apr 08, 1954
Closing Date: Nov 27, 1954
Total Performances: 270

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Coney Island during the early 1900's.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr

Music by Arthur Schwartz; Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett; Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton

Choreographed by Helen Tamiris; Directed by Marshall Jamison

Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Irene Sharaff; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner

General Manager: Jack Schlissel

Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff; Stage Manager: Len Bedsow

Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff; Head Copyist: Mathilde Pincus

Production Associate: Simon P. Herman; Press Representative: Marian Byram and Phyllis Perlman; Associate Press Representative: David Powers; Advertising: Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Shirley BoothLottie Gibson
Mae BarnesRuby Monk
Wilbur EvansDennis Emery
Richard FranceMickey Powers
Anne FrancineFlora Busch
Carol LeighBaby Betsy Busch
Cameron Prud'hommeCarl Gibson
Edith True CaseMrs. Koch
Rex CooperAcrobat
Dancing Ensemble
Cathryn DamonDancing Ensemble
John DennisQuartet
Singing Ensemble
Dorothy DonauDancing Ensemble
Lillian DonauDancing Ensemble
Warde DonovanWillie Slater
Singing Ensemble
Suzanne EasterSinging Ensemble
Pat FerrierDancing Ensemble
Lola FisherSinging Ensemble
Thomas GleasonDiabolo
Singing Ensemble
Bob HaddadDancing Ensemble
Mary HarmonCora Belmont
Larry HowardLenny
Dancing Ensemble
Ray HysonQuartet
Singing Ensemble
Robert JenningsHalf-Note
Franklin KennedySinging Ensemble
Ray KirchnerAcrobat
Dancing Ensemble
Larry LaurenceQuartet
Burt Mayer
Singing Ensemble
George LenzSinging Ensemble
Gaby MonetViola
Colleen O'ConnorSinging Ensemble
Arthur PartingtonDancing Ensemble
Paul ReedMr. Curtis
Victor ReilleyDancing Ensemble
Cindy RobbinsMolly Belmont
Pat RoeSinging Ensemble
Eddie RollSidney
Dancing Ensemble
Reid SheltonQuartet
Singing Ensemble
SigynDancing Ensemble
Jean SincereSinging Ensemble
Gloria SmithLillian Belmont
Libi StaigerSinging Ensemble
Mona TritschDancing Ensemble

Understudies: Miriam Burton (Ruby Monk), Lillian Donau (Principal Dancer), Warde Donovan (Dennis Emery), Lola Fisher (Mrs. Koch), Thomas Gleason (Mr. Curtis), Larry Howard (Mickey Powers), Vincent McLeod (Half-Note), Paul Reed (Carl Gibson), Cindy Robbins (Baby Betsy Busch), Jean Sincere (Lottie Gibson) and Libi Staiger (Flora Busch)


music by Arthur Schwartz; lyrics by Dorothy Fields

ACT 1 Sung By
Mona from ArizonaQuartet
The Sea SongLottie Gibson, Boarders and Neighbors
Old Enough to LoveMickey Powers
Coney Island BoatLottie Gibson, Half-Note and Visitors
Alone Too LongDennis Emery
Happy HabitRuby Monk
Good Time CharlieMickey Powers, Lenny, Sidney, Cora Belmont, Molly Belmont and Lillian Belmont
I'd Rather Wake Up by MyselfLottie Gibson
Hooray for George the ThirdDiabolo, Singer and Visitors
ACT 2 Sung By
Hang UpRuby Monk, Boarders and Neighbors
More Love Than Your LoveDennis Emery
Lottie Gibson SpecialtyLottie Gibson
Throw the Anchor AwayBurt Mayer, Dancer and Cora Belmont
FinaleEntire Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Majestic Theatre

(4/8/1954 - 10/1/1954)

Radio Maxine Keith.


Frederick Downs
Role originally called "Mr. Curtis"
The Barker
Eddie Heim
Dancing Ensemble
Larry Howard
Mickey Powers
John Nola
Dancing Ensemble

Understudy: Frederick Downs (Carl Gibson), Eddie Heim (Mickey Powers).

Imperial Theatre

(10/2/1954 - 11/27/1954)


Ethel Bell
Dancing Ensemble
Peter DeMaio
Dancing Ensemble
Lorna Del Maestro
Dancing Ensemble
Skeet Guenther
Dancing Ensemble
Peter Held
Singing Ensemble
Richard Hermany
Singing Ensemble
Stuart Hodes
Dancing Ensemble (circa. Sep 1954 - Nov 27, 1954)
Leo Kayworth
Singing Ensemble
Roberta Lee
Singing Ensemble
Bernice Massi
Singing Ensemble
Stan Page
Singing Ensemble
Frank Seabolt
Dancing Ensemble
Leslie Snow
Dancing Ensemble
Ray Stephens
Singing Ensemble
Cordelia Ware
Dancing Ensemble

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