Royale Theatre, (12/05/1955 - 11/10/1956)
Booth Theatre, (11/12/1956 - 2/02/1957)

Opening Date: Dec 05, 1955
Closing Date: Feb 02, 1957
Total Performances: 486

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A comedy in two acts and four scenes
Setting: Yonkers and New York City. The early 'Eighties.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Magoro Operating Corporation

Produced by The Theatre Guild and David Merrick

Written by Thornton Wilder; Based on "Einen Jux Will Sich Machen" by Johann Nestroy; Nestroy's play based on "A Day Well Spent" by John Oxenford

Directed by Tyrone Guthrie; Production Supervised by David Merrick

Scenic Design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch; Costume Design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Tom Powers and Harold Kusell; Assistant Co. Mgr: Roy A. Somlyo

Production Stage Manager: Samuel Liff; Stage Manager: Rex Partington

General Press Representative: Dick Weaver; Press Representative: Max Eisen; Advertising: Fred Golden and Blaine-Thompson

Opening Night Cast

Ruth GordonMrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
a Friend of Vandergelder's Late Wife
Eileen HerlieIrene Molloy
a Milliner
Loring SmithHorace Vandergelder
a Merchant of Yonkers
Peter BaylissA Cabman
Esme ChurchMiss Flora Van Husen
a Friend of Vandergelder's Late Wife
Rosamund GreenwoodMinnie Fay
Mrs. Molloy's Assistant
Arthur HillCornelius Hackl
Clerk in Vandergelder's Store
Patrick McAlinneyMalachi Stack
Alexander DavionAmbrose Kemper
Charity GraceGertrude
Vandergelder's Housekeeper
William LanteauRudolf
Philip LeedsJoe Scanlon
a Barber
A Musician
John MilliganAugust
Robert MorseBarnaby Tucker
Apprentice in Vandergelder's Store
Prunella ScalesErmengarde
Vandergelder's Niece
Christine ThomasMiss Van Huysen's Cook

Understudies: C. K. Alexander (Horace Vandergelder)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1956 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Ruth Gordon

winner 1956 Best Director [winner] 

Tyrone Guthrie

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Royale Theatre

(12/5/1955 - 11/10/1956)

Stage Manager: Howard Stone, Earl Simmons; Production Stage Manager: Rex Partington; Stage Manager: Edward Diamond, Benjamin Janney.

Press Representative: Harvey Sabinson.


Timothy Findley
Mari Lynn
Vandergelder's Niece
Diana Rivers
Minnie Fay
Mrs. Molloy's Assistant

Booth Theatre

(11/12/1956 - 2/2/1957)


Patricia Cutts
Irene Molloy
a Milliner

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