54th Street Theatre, (2/27/1964 - 6/12/1965)

First Preview: Feb 25, 1964
Opening Date: Feb 27, 1964
Closing Date: Jun 12, 1965
Total Previews: 3
Total Performances: 540

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical comedy in two acts.
Setting: New York and Hollywood. A generation ago.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Joseph Cates and Cates Brothers; Produced in association with Beresford Productions, Ltd.

Book by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg; Music by Ervin M. Drake; Lyrics by Ervin M. Drake; Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg; Musical Director: Lehman Engel; Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Arnold Goland

Directed by Abe Burrows; Musical Staging by Matt Mattox

Scenic Design by Herbert Senn and Helen Pond; Costume Design by Noel Taylor; Lighting Design by Herbert Senn and Helen Pond

Company Manager: Leonard Mulhern

Stage Manager: Robert Maxwell; Production Manager: George Thorn; Production Supervisor: Robert Weiner

Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek; Supervising Copyist: Mathilde Pincus

Advertising: Blaine-Thompson; Press Representative: Gertrude Kirschner and Violet Welles

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Opening Night Cast

Diaan AinsleeDancing Ensemble
Robert AldaAl Manhaim
Darrell J. AskeySinging Ensemble
Mace BarrettSeymour Glick
Jean L. BlanchardDancing Ensemble
Lillian BozinoffSinging Ensemble
Nancy CarnegieDancing Ensemble
George CoeJulian Blumberg
Natalie CostaSinging Ensemble
Graciela DanieleRita Rio
John DorrinOsborn
Singing Ensemble
Richard FranceTracy Clark
Arny FreemanSidney Fineman
Barbara GineDancing Ensemble
Marco GomezDancing Ensemble
Lavinia HamiltonDancing Ensemble
Judith HastingsSinging Ensemble
Buck HellerDancing Ensemble
Nat HorneDancing Ensemble
Sally Ann HowesKit Sargent
Walter KlavunH.L Harrington
Jack KresyDancing Ensemble
Steve LawrenceSammy Glick
Bernice MassiLaurette Harrington
Bob MaxwellTechnical Advisor
Edward McNallyLucky Dugan
Barry NewmanSheik Orsini
Bella ShalomDancing Ensemble
Jamie SimmonsSinging Ensemble
Ralph StantleyO'Brien
Richard TerrySinging Ensemble
Maralyn ThomaDancing Ensemble
Ralph VucciSinging Ensemble

Swings: Lynn Gremmler and Doug Spingler

Standby: Mace Barrett (Al Manhaim), Richard France (Sammy Glick) and Judith Hastings (Kit Sargent)

Understudies: Barbara Andrews (Rita Rio), Natalie Costa (Laurette Harrington), Warren Galjour (Lucky Dugan), Grant Lashley (Tracy Clark), Edward McNally (O'Brien), Dom Salinaro (Sheik Orsini), Ralph Stantley (H.L Harrington, Sidney Fineman), Richard Terry (Seymour Glick) and Richard Via (Julian Blumberg)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1964 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Steve Lawrence

 1964 Best Conductor and Musical Director [nominee] 

Musical Director: Lehman Engel


music by Ervin M. Drake; lyrics by Ervin M. Drake

ACT 1 Sung By
A New Pair of ShoesSammy Glick, Al Manhaim and Ensemble
You Help MeSammy Glick and Al Manhaim
A Tender SpotKit Sargent
Lites--Camera--PlatitudeSammy Glick, Kit Sargent and Al Manhaim
My HometownSammy Glick
MonsoonRita Rio, Tracy Clark and Ensemble
I See SomethingLaurette Harrington and Sammy Glick
Maybe Some Other TimeKit Sargent and Al Manhaim
You Can Trust MeSammy Glick
A Room Without WindowsKit Sargent and Sammy Glick
Kiss Me No KissesKit Sargent and Sammy Glick
ACT 2 Sung By
I Feel HumbleSammy Glick, Sheik Orsini and Ensemble
Something to Live ForKit Sargent
Paint a RainbowRita Rio, Tracy Clark and Ensemble
You're No GoodLaurette Harrington and Sammy Glick
Something to Live For (Reprise) Al Manhaim
My Hometown (Reprise) Sammy Glick
The Friendliest ThingLaurette Harrington
Wedding of the YearEnsemble
Some Days Everything Goes WrongSammy Glick

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

54th Street Theatre

(2/27/1964 - 6/12/1965)
Conducted by Joe Guercio.


Kenny Adams
Singing Ensemble
Diaan Ainslee
Rita Rio
Barbara Andrews
Rita Rio
Paul Anka
Sammy Glick (Jul 13, 1964 - Jul 20, 1964)
George Blackwell
Singing Ensemble
Warren Galjour
Singing Ensemble
Lynn Gremmler
Dancing Ensemble
Leslie Litomy
Lucky Dugan
Bernice Massi
Kit Sargent (Mar 22, 1965 - ?)
Frank Pietri
Dancing Ensemble
Dom Salinaro
Dancing Ensemble
Ralph Stantley
H.L Harrington
Paula Stewart
Laurette Harrington (Mar 22, 1965 - ?)
Dede Thomas
Dancing Ensemble
Stuart Unger
Julian Blumberg

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