Billy Rose Theatre, (3/22/1969 - 3/22/1969)

Opening Date: Mar 22, 1969
Closing Date: Mar 22, 1969
Total Previews: 21
Total Performances: 1

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Aboard a man-of-war. 1796.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Bruce W. Stark; Produced in association with Joseph H. Shoctor

Music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; Lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; Book by Stephen Glassman; Suggested by "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville; Incidental music by Wally Harper; Musical Director: Jack Lee; Music orchestrated by Ronald Frangipane; Dance arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson; Special Arrangements by Wally Harper

Directed by Arthur A. Seidelman; Musical Staging by Grover Dale

Scenic Design by Ming Cho Lee; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Associate Designer: Leigh Rand; Associate to Miss Aldredge: Don Foote; Associate to Mr. Aronstein: Lawrence Metzler; Sound Design by Admins, Ltd.

General Manager: Allentuck, Azenberg, and Wolsk; Company Manager: Peter Neufeld

Production Stage Manager: Frank Rembach; Stage Manager: Tom Porter

Orchestra Personnel Manager: Martin Grupp; Head Music Copyist: Ervin Moser

General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson and Lee Solters; Press Representative: David Powers; Dance Captain: Steven Boockvor; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

John BealDansker
John DevlinJohn Claggart
Master-At-Arms
Laurence NaismithCaptain Edward Vere
Robert SalvioBilly Budd
Steven BoockvorRush
Danny CarrollRawley
Christopher ChadmanPotter
Al CohenGilbert
William CountrymanLt. William Radcliffe
Peter DeMaioDonald Taff
Frank DeSalSeeger
Joseph Della SorteJohn Thorp
Igors GavonBoyer
Howard GirvenSmithy
Simm LandresCpl. John Bernard
George MarcyCampbell
Barbara MonteMolly
Laried MontgomeryMarine Corporal
Stoker
De Wayne OliverGrimer
Michael PetersRoper
Tim RamirezMarsten
Bill SchustikStafford
Dolph SweetWhiskers
Michael TartelLt. Roger Mordant
Ron TassoneHarker
Pascual VaquerFallon
Danny VillaMarine Corporal
Alan WeeksBoscombe

Standby: Robert Berdeen (Billy Budd) and Susan Hufford (Molly)

Understudies: Danny Carroll (Dansker), William Countryman (John Claggart), Peter DeMaio (Boyer, Campbell), Joseph Della Sorte (Stafford), Igors Gavon (Whiskers), Howard Girven (Boscombe), Tony Stevens (Swing Dancer), Dolph Sweet (Captain Edward Vere), Michael Tartel (Lt. William Radcliffe) and Pascual Vaquer (Donald Taff, John Thorp, Rawley)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1970 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Ming Cho Lee

 1970 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Musical Staging by Grover Dale

Drama Desk Award

winner 1969 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Musical Staging by Grover Dale

winner 1969 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

Ming Cho Lee

Songs

music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan

ACT 1 Sung By
Molly
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Billy Budd
Chanty
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Stafford, Fallon, Smithy and Stoker
Watch Out for Claggart/Work
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Boscombe, John Claggart (Master-At-Arms) and Crew
Shaking Hand with the Wind
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Billy Budd
Whiskers' Dance
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Whiskers and Crew
Billy
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Molly and Billy Budd
It Ain't Us Who Make the Wars
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Campbell and Crew
The Bridge to Nowhere
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Captain Edward Vere
The Night and the Sea
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Billy Budd and John Claggart (Master-At-Arms)
Whiskers' Dance (Reprise)
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Whiskers, Billy Budd, Fallon, Donald Taff and John Thorp
In the Arms of a Stranger
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Dansker
The Fiddlers' Green
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Whiskers, Campbell, Boyer, Stoker, Rawley and Gilbert
My Captain
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Captain Edward Vere and Billy Budd
Requiem
(music by Ron Dante and Gene Allan; lyrics by Ron Dante and Gene Allan )
Billy Budd
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