Shubert Theatre, (10/22/1959 - 12/17/1960)

Opening Date: Oct 22, 1959
Closing Date: Dec 17, 1960
Total Performances: 448

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Centerville, Connecticut, 1910.
Comments: On layoff from July 9 - August 1, 1960

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by David Merrick

Book by Joseph Stein and Robert Russell; Based on the play "Ah, Wilderness" by Eugene O'Neill; Music by Bob Merrill; Lyrics by Bob Merrill; Musical Director: Lehman Engel; Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel; Ballet and incidental music by Laurence Rosenthal; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang

Directed by Peter Glenville; Choreographed by Onna White

Production Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Miles White; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight

Production Stage Manager: Lucia Victor; Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell; Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley

Head Copyist: Thomas Brown; Orchestra Contractor: Morris Stonzek

Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson, David Powers and Ted Goldsmith; Casting: Michael Shurtleff; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Jackie GleasonSid Davis
Essie's brother
Eileen HerlieLily Miller
Nat's sister
Walter PidgeonNat Miller
editor of the Centerville Globe
Una MerkelEssie Miller
Nat's wife
Robert MorseRichard Miller
Nat's younger son
Nicole BarthTownswoman
Alvin BeamTownsman
Chad BlockTownsman
Charles BolenderThe Beardsley Dwarf
Frank BorgmanTownsman
Renee ByrnsTownswoman
John CarterTownsman
Jack CollinsBartender
Peter ConlowWint
Arthur's friend
Lyn ConnortyTownswoman
James CressonArthur Miller
Richard's older bother, at Yale
Barbara DohertyTownswoman
Katia GeleznovaTownswoman
Arlene GolonkaBelle
a travelling artiste for hire
Luke HalpinTommy Miller
Valerie HarperLady Entertainer
Lee HowardPatron of the bar
Diana HunterLady Entertainer
Jack KonzalPatron of the bar
Elna LaunPatron of the bar
Paula LloydPatron of the bar
Susan LuckeyMuriel Macomber
Macomber's daughter and friend to Richard
Nancy LynchTownswoman
Bill McDonaldThe Salesman
Rae McLeanSalome
Lady Entertainer
Henry MichelTownsman
Fred MillerDavid Macomber
dry goods store owner
Jack MurrayTownsman
John NolaTownsman
Zeme NorthMildred Miller
the youngest Miller
Janice PainchaudPatron of the bar
Rusty ParkerTownsman
Bill RichardsTownsman
Harry Lee RogersTownsman
Bill StarrTownsman
Walter StraussTownsman
Jimmy TarbuttonTownsman
Pat TolsonPatron of the bar
Gene VarroneThe Drunk
Marc WestTownsman

Standby: Dort Clark (Sid Davis) and Ruth Warrick (Essie Miller, Lily Miller)

Understudies: Nicole Barth (Belle), Frank Borgman (Bartender), John Carter (Arthur Miller), Lyn Connorty (Mildred Miller), Bill McDonald (Wint), Zeme North (Muriel Macomber), Bill Starr (Richard Miller) and Gene Varrone (David Macomber)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1960 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Joseph Stein and Robert Russell; Music by Bob Merrill; Lyrics by Bob Merrill; Produced by David Merrick

winner 1960 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Jackie Gleason

 1960 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robert Morse

 1960 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Walter Pidgeon

 1960 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Eileen Herlie

 1960 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Miles White

 1960 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Onna White

 1960 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Peter Glenville

 1960 Best Conductor and Musical Director [nominee] 

Musical Director: Lehman Engel

 1960 Best Stage Technician [nominee] 

Electrician: Al Alloy


music by Bob Merrill; lyrics by Bob Merrill

ACT 1 Sung By
The ParadeNat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe) and Townspeople
Oh, PleaseNat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe), Essie Miller (Nat's wife), Lily Miller (Nat's sister) and Family
I Would DieMuriel Macomber (Macomber's daughter and friend to Richard) and Richard Miller (Nat's younger son)
Sid, Ol' KidSid Davis (Essie's brother) and Townspeople
Staying YoungNat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe)
I Get EmbarrassedSid Davis (Essie's brother) and Lily Miller (Nat's sister)
We're HomeLily Miller (Nat's sister)
Take Me AlongSid Davis (Essie's brother) and Nat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe)
For Sweet CharitySid Davis (Essie's brother), Nat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe), Lady Entertainers and Townspeople
Pleasant Beach HouseWint (Arthur's friend)
That's How It StartsRichard Miller (Nat's younger son)
ACT 2 Sung By
The Beardsley BalletRichard Miller (Nat's younger son), Muriel Macomber (Macomber's daughter and friend to Richard), The Beardsley Dwarf, Salome and Ensemble
Oh, Please (Reprise) Nat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe) and Essie Miller (Nat's wife)
Promise Me a RoseLily Miller (Nat's sister) and Sid Davis (Essie's brother)
Staying Young (Reprise) Nat Miller (editor of the Centerville Globe)
Little Green SnakeSid Davis (Essie's brother)
Nine O'ClockRichard Miller (Nat's younger son)
But YoursSid Davis (Essie's brother) and Lily Miller (Nat's sister)
Take Me Along (Reprise) Lily Miller (Nat's sister), Sid Davis (Essie's brother) and Townspeople

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Shubert Theatre

(10/22/1959 - 12/17/1960)
Company Manager: Richard Horner.

Stage Manager: Frank Dudley.

Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman, Maurice Turet.


Nicole Barth
Lady Entertainer
Alvin Beam
Patron of the bar
William Bendix
Sid Davis
Essie's brother
Sidney Blackmer
Nat Miller
editor of the Centerville Globe
Frank Borgman
Doris Dalton
Essie Miller
Nat's wife
Diana Hunter
Patron of the bar
Julie Marlow
Patricia Mount
Mildred Miller
the youngest Miller
Michael O'Shaughnessy
Rusty Parker
Tommy Miller
Bill Richards
Ron Schwinn
Townsman (Sep 1960 - ?)

Understudies: Renee Byrns (Belle), Jack Collins (Sid Davis), Barbara Doherty (Mildred Miller), Frank Dudley (Bartender), Henry Michel (Nat Miller), Patricia Mount (Muriel Macomber), Michael O'Shaughnessy (Tommy Miller), Rusty Parker (Tommy Miller).

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