A musical fable

Broadway Theatre, (5/21/1959 - 7/09/1960)
Imperial Theatre, (8/15/1960 - 3/25/1961)

Opening Date: May 21, 1959
Closing Date: Mar 25, 1961
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 702

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Various cities throughout the U.S. From the 1920s to the 1930s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Trebuhs Realty Co., Inc.

Produced by David Merrick and Leland Hayward

Book by Arthur Laurents; Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock; Music orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Robert Ginzler; Dance arrangements by John Kander; Additional Dance music by Betty Walberg

Directed by Jerome Robbins; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Hair Design by Ernest Adler; Sound Design by Jack Mitnick

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight

Production Stage Manager: Ruth Mitchell; Stage Manager: Lo Hardin

Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

Press Representative: Frank Goodman and Seymour Krawitz; Advertising: Fred Golden and Blaine-Thompson; Production Associate: Michael Mindlin, Jr.

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Opening Night Cast

Ethel MermanRose
Sandra ChurchLouise
Jack KlugmanHerbie
Kathryn AlbertsonShowgirl
Marvin ArnoldFarm Boy
John BordenArnold (and his guitar)
Lane BradburyJune
Bobby BrownellNewsboy
Patsy BruderMarjorie May
Gene CastleNewsboy
Ricky CollFarm Boy
Marilyn CooperAgnes
Steve CurryNewsboy
Faith DaneMazeppa
Imelda De MartinGail
Marilyn D'HonauDolores
Don EmmonsFarm Boy
Chotzi FoleyElectra
Erving HarmonPop
Billy HarrisNewsboy
Maria KarnilovaTessie Tura
Gloria KristyShowgirl
Jody LaneBalloon Girl
Merle LetowtThelma
Loney LewisKringelein
Barbara LondonShowgirl
Mort MarshallUncle Jocko
Mr. Goldstone
Jacqueline MayroBaby June
Denise McLaglenShowgirl
Karen MooreBaby Louise
Peg MurrayMiss Cratchitt
Theda NelsonShowgirl
Michael ParksL.A.
Farm Boy
Joan PetlackEdna Mae
Richard PorterPastey
Marsha RiversMaid
Joe SilverWeber
Willy SumnerGeorge
Carroll Jo TowersShowgirl
Ian TuckerAngie
Farm Boy
Marie WallaceShowgirl
Paul WallaceTulsa
Farm Boy
David WintersYonkers
Farm Boy
George ZimaBougeron-Cochon

Standby: George Gaynes (Herbie), Leila Martin (Louise) and Jane Romano (Rose)

Understudies: Sterling Beath (Pop, Weber), Imelda De Martin (June), Ivy Ellen (Baby June), Jody Lane (Baby Louise), Peg Murray (Tessie Tura), Marsha Rivers (Electra), Joe Silver (Cigar, Kringelein), Willy Sumner (Kringelein) and Jan Tanzy (Baby June)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1960 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Merrick and Leland Hayward; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Music by Jule Styne

 1960 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Ethel Merman

 1960 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jack Klugman

 1960 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sandra Church

 1960 Best Scenic Design (Musical) [nominee] 

Jo Mielziner

 1960 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Raoul Pène Du Bois

 1960 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Jerome Robbins

 1960 Best Conductor and Musical Director [nominee] 

Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock


music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

ACT 1 Sung By
May We Entertain YouBaby June and Baby Louise
Some PeopleRose
Small WorldRose and Herbie
Mr. Goldstone, I Love YouRose and Ensemble
Little LambLouise
You'll Never Get Away From MeRose and Herbie
If Momma Was MarriedLouise and June
All I Need Is the GirlTulsa and Louise
Everything's Coming Up RosesRose
ACT 2 Sung By
Madame Rose's ToreadorablesLouise and The Hollywood Blondes
Together, Wherever We GoRose, Louise and Herbie
You Gotta Get a GimmickTessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra
Small World (Reprise) Rose
Let Me Entertain YouLouise and Company
Rose's TurnRose

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Broadway Theatre

(5/21/1959 - 7/9/1960)

Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo.

Stage Manager: Eddie Dimond.


Jeffrey Allan
Billy Curtis
Linda Donovan
Dick Foster
Anita Gillette
Harvey Hohnecker
Farm Boy
Mark Hunter
Merle Letowt
Michael Mann
Farm Boy
Marsha Rivers
Jay Roy
Clarence (and his classic clarinet)
Willy Sumner
Mr. Goldstone
Charles White
Uncle Jocko

Standby: Vincent Beck (Herbie), Julienne Marie (Louise).

Understudy: Anita Gillette (June), Harvey Hohnecker (Tulsa).

Imperial Theatre

(8/15/1960 - 3/25/1961)

Dance arrangements by Betty Walberg.

Production Stage Manager: Lo Hardin.


Patty Brownell
Balloon Girl
Betty Bruce
Tessie Tura
Julienne Marie
Alice Playten
Baby Louise
Julia Ross
June Squibb
Jan Tanzy
Baby June

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