Broadway Theatre, (4/13/1957 - 5/25/1957)

Opening Date: Apr 13, 1957
Closing Date: May 25, 1957
Total Performances: 49

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Shinbone Alley and its Environs.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by Peter Lawrence

Book by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks; Based on the "archie and mehitabel" stories by Don Marquis; Music by George Kleinsinger; Lyrics by Joe Darion; Music and Choral Direction by Maurice Levine; Music orchestrated by George Kleinsinger; Additional orchestrations by Irwin Kostal; Additional Musical Routines by John Morris

Production Supervised by Sawyer Falk; Choreographed by Joe Alexander and Rod Alexander

Production Design by Eldon Elder; Costume Design by Motley; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Hair Design by Ernest Adler

General Manager: Elias Goldin

Production Stage Manager: Morty Halpern; Stage Manager: Julian Barry and Gilbert Cates

Music Materials under supervision of Arnold Arnstein; Orchestra Manager: Morris Stonzek

Production Associate: Jerry Leider; Press Representative: George Ross; Press Associate: Madi Blitzstein; Advertising: Ingram Ash

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Opening Night Cast

Eddie Brackenarchy
Eartha Kittmehitabel
Jacques d'AmboiseFrankie
Dancer
Gwen HarmonJail Crony
Edie
Lady Bug
Singer
George S. IrvingBig Bill
Allegra KentPenny
Dancer
Ross MartinBroadway
Erik RhodesTyone T. Tattersal
Dorothy AullRicky
Lady Bug
Singer
Julian BarryVoice of Newspaperman
Cathryn DamonJail Crony
Rusty
Dancer
Jack EddlemanHarry
Singer
Don FarnworthFighting Dog
Dancer
Gene GavinFighting Dog
Dancer
Carolyn GeorgeDancer
Harold E. GordonFighting Dog
Dancer
Reri GristPhyllis
Singer
Carmen GutierrezJail Crony
Gladys
Dancer
Buzz HallidayJail Crony
Lady Bug
Singer
Lillian HaymanMother
Singer
Moses LaMarrButch
Singer
Bruce MacKayBartender
Singer
James Marley"Copper"
Singer
Larry MontaigneBlackie
Albert PopwellTall Cat
Dancer
Jack RainsSinger
Nora RehoJail Crony
Dancer
Howard RobertsBuzz
Singer
Dorothy ScottDancer
James TarbuttonTall Cat
Dancer
Elizabeth TaylorJail Crony
Dancer
Claude ThompsonFighting Dog
Dancer
Elmarie WendelJail Crony
Singer
Myrna WhiteDancer
David WintersShorty
Dancer

Standby: Larry Montaigne, Tom Poston (archy) and Chita Rivera (mehitabel)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1958 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Motley

Songs

music by George Kleinsinger; lyrics by Joe Darion

ACT 1 Sung By
What Do We Care?mehitabel and Singing and Dancing Ensemble
Toujours Gaimehitabel
Queer Little Insectmehitabel and reprised by archy
Big BillBig Bill and Ladies of the Dancing Ensemble
True Romancemehitabel and Big Bill
The Lightning Bug Songarchy
I gotta beBroadway and archy
Flotsam and Jetsamarchy and mehitabel
Come to Mee-owTyone T. Tattersal
Suicide Songarchy
Shinbone AlleyBig Bill and Denizens of Shinbone Alley
ACT 2 Sung By
The Moth Songarchy
A Woman Wouldn't Be a Womanmehitabel and Ensemble
The Lullabymehitabel and the Singing Girls
What the Hellmehitabel
Pretty KittySinging Girls and mehitabel
Way Down Bluesmehitabel
The Lady Bug SongLady Bugs
Be a Pussycatmehitabel
Quiet Streetarchy
Toujours Gai (Reprise) archy, mehitabel and Ensemble
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