St. James Theatre, (11/15/1956 - 7/12/1958)

Opening Date: Nov 15, 1956
Closing Date: Jul 12, 1958
Total Performances: 693

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical comedy in two acts.
Setting: Dogpatch, U.S.A. and Washington, D.C.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank and Michael Kidd

Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank; Based on cartoon characters by Al Capp; Music by Gene de Paul; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; Musical Direction and Continuity: Lehman Engel; Vocals by Lehman Engel; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot

Directed by Michael Kidd; Choreographed by Michael Kidd

Scenic Design by William and Jean Eckart; Costume Design by Alvin Colt; Lighting Design by William and Jean Eckart

General Manager: Joseph Harris

Production Stage Manager: Terence Little; Stage Manager: Lawrence N. Kasha

Music Copyist: Thomas Brown; Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: Max Eisen; Advertising: Ingram Ash

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Opening Night Cast

Edith AdamsDaisy Mae
Stubby KayeMarryin' Sam
Peter PalmerL'il Abner
Charlotte RaeMammy Yokum
Howard St. JohnGen. Bullmoose
William LanteauAvailable Jones
Joe E. MarksPappy Yokum
Julie NewmarStupefyin' Jones
Stanley SimmondsDr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale
Carmen AlvarezMoonbeam McSwine
Wife
Dancer
Margaret BaxterSinger
Chad BlockHairless Joe
Dancer
Don BraswellSinger
Marc BreauxRomeo Scragg
Dr. Schleifitz
Crony
Dancer
Joan CherofSinger
Pat CreightonWife
Singer
Grover DaleDancer
Lanier DavisPresident
State Department Man
Colonel
Secretary
Singer
Lillian D'HonauWife
Dancer
Bonnie EvansWife
Dancer
Joyce GladmondSinger
Jan GunnarEnsemble
Bern HoffmanEarthquake McGoon
Hope HolidayWife
Singer
Maureen HopkinsDancer
Jane HouseSinger
James HurstClem Scragg
Radio Commentator
Singer
James J. JeffriesButler
Lucky KargoEnsemble
Robert KarlDancer
Barbara KlopferDancer
Mario LammEnsemble
Ralph LinnDr. Krogmeyer
Crony
Dancer
Tina LouiseAppassionata Von Climax
Richard MaitlandGovernment Man
Dancer
Jack MatthewCrony
Radio Commentator
Secretary
Singer
Robert McClureCrony
Radio Commentator
Secretary
Singer
Anthony MordenteLonesome Polecat
Dancer
Reed MorganEnsemble
Al NesorEvil Eye Fleagle
Oran OsburnMayor Dawgmeat
Singer
Tom PankoDancer
Louise PearlSinger
Christy PetersonDancer
George ReederColonel
Dr. Smithborn
Crony
Secretary
Dancer
George RitnerSinger
Anthony SaverinoAlf Scragg
Singer
Jeanette ScovottiSinger
Sharon ShoreDancer
Ted ThurstonSenator Phogbound
Aldo VenturaEnsemble
Rebecca VornoDancer
Robert WeinskoEnsemble
Deedee WoodWife
Dancer

Understudies: Bob Barry (Pappy Yokum), Lanier Davis (Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale, Senator Phogbound), Lillian D'Honau (Stupefyin' Jones), Joyce Gladmond (Daisy Mae), Hope Holiday (Mammy Yokum), James Hurst (L'il Abner), James J. Jeffries (Marryin' Sam, Senator Phogbound), Robert Karl (Evil Eye Fleagle), Ralph Linn (Available Jones), Oran Osburn (Earthquake McGoon, Gen. Bullmoose) and Deedee Wood (Appassionata Von Climax)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1957 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Edith Adams

 1957 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Alvin Colt

winner 1957 Best Choreography [winner] 

Michael Kidd

Theatre World

winner 1958 Award [recipient] 

Wynne Miller

winner 1957 Award [recipient] 

Peter Palmer

Songs

music by Gene de Paul; lyrics by Johnny Mercer

ACT 1 Sung By
A Typical DayDogpatchers
If I Had My DruthersL'il Abner and Cronies
If I Had My Druthers (Reprise) Daisy Mae
Jubilation T. CornponeMarryin' Sam and Dogpatchers
Rag Offen the BushDogpatchers
Namely YouDaisy Mae and L'il Abner
Unnecessary TownL'il Abner, Daisy Mae and Dogpatchers
What's Good for General BullmooseSecretaries
The Country's in the Very Best of HandsL'il Abner and Marryin' Sam
Sadie Hawkins Day (Ballet)Dogpatchers
ACT 2 Sung By
Oh Happy DayDr. Finsdale, Dr. Smithborn, Dr. Krogmeyer and Dr. Schleifitz
I'm Past My PrimeDaisy Mae and Marryin' Sam
Love in a HomeL'il Abner and Daisy Mae
Progress Is the Root of All EvilGen. Bullmoose
Progress Is the Root of All Evil (Reprise) Gen. Bullmoose
Put 'Em BackWives
Namely You (Reprise) Daisy Mae
The Matrimonial StompMarryin' Sam and Dogpatchers
FinaleEntire Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


St. James Theatre

(11/15/1956 - 7/12/1958)
Press Representative: Thomas Barrows.

Cast

Chad Block
Crony
Joe Calvan
Dancer
Government Man
Denise Colette
Stupefyin' Jones
John Craig
Clem Scragg
Billie Hayes
Mammy Yokum
Maureen Hopkins
Moonbeam McSwine
Wife
Robert Karl
Lonesome Polecat
Jack Leigh
Dancer (Sep 30, 1957 - Dec 2, 1957)
Singer (Sep 30, 1957 - Dec 2, 1957)
Robert McClure
Butler
Wynne Miller
Broadway debut
Daisy Mae
Christy Reeder
Wife
George Ritner
Butler
Anthony Saverino
Dr. Krogmeyer
Sharon Shore
Wife
Carol Stevens
Ensemble
Merritt Thompson
Crony
Deedee Wood
Appassionata Von Climax
Dusty Worrall
Dancer

Understudies: Joe Calvan (Pappy Yokum), Jack Prince (Marryin' Sam).


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