Imperial Theatre, (4/23/1959 - 6/18/1960)

Opening Date: Apr 23, 1959
Closing Date: Jun 18, 1960
Total Performances: 472

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: The western town of Bottleneck. Just before the turn of the century.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by David Merrick; Produced in association with Max Brown; Produced and presented by special arrangement with Universal Pictures

Book by Leonard Gershe; Based on the story by Max Brand; Music by Harold Rome; Lyrics by Harold Rome; Musical Director: Lehman Engel; Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Dance arrangements by Genevieve Pitot

Directed by Michael Kidd; Choreographed by Michael Kidd

Production Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Alvin Colt; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal; Hair Design by Ernest Adler

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Joe Roth

Production Stage Manager: Neil Hartley; General Stage Manager: Leonard Patrick; Stage Manager: Ben Janney

Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek; Pianist: Karen Gustafson; Drums: Hank Jaramillo

General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: David Powers and Bud Westman; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Dolores GrayFrenchy
Andy GriffithDestry
Scott BradyKent
(Apr 23, 1959 - Aug 01, 1959)
Jack BeaberCowboy
Chad BlockStage Driver
Marc BreauxGyp Watson
Kent's Gang
Lynne BroadbentRose Lovejoy Girl
Joan BroderickRose Lovejoy Girl
Shelly ChaplanOne of Frenchy's Girls
Don CrabtreePrologue
Mel DavidsonCowboy
Lanier DavisPrologue
Lillian D'HonauOne of Frenchy's Girls
Ralph FarnworthTownsperson
Maria GrazianoTownsperson
Shelah HackettRose Lovejoy Girl
Maureen HopkinsOne of Frenchy's Girls
Bettye JenkinsOne of Frenchy's Girls
JillanaOne of Frenchy's Girls
Betty KentTownsperson
Al LantiCowboy
Rosetta LeNoireClara
David LondonPrologue
Ken MaloneCowboy
Ray MasonBartender
Shelia MathewsTownsperson
Don McHenryMayor Slade
Andrina MillerOne of Frenchy's Girls
May MuthMrs. Claggett
Shirley NelsonOne of Frenchy's Girls
Oran OsburnSheriff Keogh
Frank PietriCowboy
Jack PrinceWash
John RayCowboy
George ReederRockwell
Kent's Gang
Adriane RogersOne of Frenchy's Girls
Larry RoquemoreCowboy
Reiko SatoMing Li
Rose Lovejoy Girl
Sharon ShoreDimples
Rose Lovejoy Girl
Libi StaigerChloe
Carol StevensRose Lovejoy Girl
Swen SwensonBugs Watson
Kent's Gang
Merritt ThompsonCowboy
Nolan Van WayPrologue
Jack Tyndell
Carol WarnerOne of Frenchy's Girls
Elizabeth WattsRose Lovejoy

Standby: Libi Staiger (Frenchy)

Understudies: Don Crabtree (Wash), Ray Mason (Mayor Slade), May Muth (Chloe, Clara, Rose Lovejoy), George Reeder (Gyp Watson), Larry Roquemore (Bugs Watson, Rockwell) and Nolan Van Way (Destry, Kent)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1960 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Andy Griffith

 1960 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Dolores Gray

winner 1960 Best Choreography [winner] 

Michael Kidd

 1960 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Kidd


music by Harold Rome; lyrics by Harold Rome

ACT 1 Sung By
BottleneckPatrons of the Last Chance Saloon
LadiesFrenchy and Girls
Hoop-de-DingleWash and Patrons of the Saloon
Tomorrow MorningDestry
Ballad of the GunDestry and Wash
The SocialTownspeople, Gyp Watson (Kent's Gang), Bugs Watson (Kent's Gang) and Rockwell (Kent's Gang)
I Know Your KindFrenchy
I Hate HimFrenchy
Paradise AlleyCowboys and The Rose Lovely Girls
Anyone Would Love youDestry and Frenchy
Once Knew a FellaDestry, Wash and Friends
Every Once in a WhileGyp Watson (Kent's Gang), Bugs Watson (Kent's Gang), Rockwell (Kent's Gang), Cowboys and Saloon Girls
Fair WarningFrenchy
ACT 2 Sung By
Are You Ready, Gyp Watson?Friends of Gyp Watson
Not GuiltyThe Jury
Only Time Will TellDestry
RespectabilityRose Lovejoy and Girls
That Ring on the FingerFrenchy and Girls
Once Knew a Fella (Reprise) Destry and Frenchy
I say HelloFrenchy

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Imperial Theatre

(4/23/1959 - 6/18/1960)
Musical Director: John Passaretti.


David Atkinson
Kent (Apr 18, 1960 - Jun 18, 1960)
Joe Blatt
John Conant
Sheriff Keogh
Lillian D'Honau
Rose Lovejoy Girl
Sara Dillon
Jeff Duncan
Stuart Fleming
Ted Forlow
Evelyn Joyce
Diane Kim
Ming Li
Rose Lovejoy Girl
Art Lund
Kent (Aug 17, 1959 - Mar 5, 1960)
Herb Mazzini
Jack Tyndell
Robert McClure
Sally Mortimer
Rose Lovejoy Girl
Hugh O'Brian
During Andy Griffith's vacation
Destry (Jan 4, 1960 - Jan 10, 1960)
Peter Saul
Anthony Saverino
Jack Sevier
Nolan Van Way
Kent (Aug 3, 1959 - Aug 15, 1959)
Kent (Mar 7, 1960 - Apr 16, 1960)

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