Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (10/19/1970 - 1/01/1972)

First Preview: Oct 07, 1970
Opening Date: Oct 19, 1970
Closing Date: Jan 01, 1972
Total Previews: 13
Total Performances: 507

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The action takes place between 1772 and 1818 in Frankfort, London, Aix-la-Chapelle and elsewhere in Europe.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Lester Osterman; For Lester Osterman Productions: Lester Osterman and Richard Horner; For Elkins Productions International Corp.: Emanuel Azenberg, Robert Malina and George Platt

Originally produced by Hillard Elkins

Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Book by Sherman Yellen; Based on "The Rothschilds" by Frederic Morton; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Musical Director: Milton Greene; Vocal arrangements by Milton Greene; Dance arrangements by Clay Fullum

Directed by Michael Kidd; Choreographed by Michael Kidd

Scenic Design by John Bury; Costume Design by John Bury; Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow; Wigs and Make-up styled by Bob Kelly

General Manager: Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Edmonstone Thompson, Jr.

Production Supervisor: Michael Thoma; Production Stage Manager: Charles Gray; Stage Manager: John Actman and Mitch Dana

Music Preparation: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon

Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman; Press Representative: Louise Weiner Ment; Casting Consultant: Linda Otto; Scenery and Costume Supervisor: Fred Voelpel; Advertising: Ingram Ash, Matthew Serino and The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

Hal LindenMayer Rothschild
Jill ClayburghHannah Cohen
Keene CurtisPrince William of Hesse
Joseph Fouche
Prince Metternich
Paul HechtNathan Rothschild
Leila MartinGutele (Mama) Rothschild
Rick AtwellEnsemble
Robby BensonThird Urchin
Young Solomon Rothschild
Steven BoockvorEnsemble
Kenneth BridgesSecond Vendor
Henry BrunjesEnsemble
Christopher ChadmanPeasant
Peggy CooperMrs. Segal
Patrick CummingsEnsemble
Nina DovaMrs. Kaufman
Lee FranklinYoung Amshel Rothschild
Vicki FrederickEnsemble
David GarfieldSolomon Rothschild
Allan GruetKalman Rothschild
Penny GuerardEnsemble
Roger HamiltonGuard
Ann HodgesEnsemble
Howard HonigBlum
Timothy JeromeAmshel Rothschild
Del LewisEnsemble
Leo LeydenBudurus
Michael MaitlandFirst Urchin
Young Nathan Rothschild
Kim MichelsSecond Urchin
John MineoEnsemble
Carl NicholasSecond Banker
Jonathan PeckThird Vendor
Ted PejovichEnsemble
Denise PenceEnsemble
Jean RichardsEnsemble
Chris SarandonJacob Rothschild
Elliott SavageFirst Banker
Wilfred SchumanEnsemble
Mitchell SperaYoung Jacob Rothschild
Lani SundstenEnsemble
Paul TraceyGeneral
Thomas TrelfaFirst Vendor

Understudies: Henry Brunjes (Solomon Rothschild), Nina Dova (Gutele (Mama) Rothschild), Lee Franklin (First Urchin, Second Urchin, Third Urchin), Roger Hamilton (Herries, Joseph Fouche, Prince Metternich, Prince William of Hesse), Howard Honig (Mayer Rothschild), Del Lewis (Amshel Rothschild, Solomon Rothschild), Kim Michels (Young Amshel Rothschild, Young Jacob Rothschild, Young Nathan Rothschild, Young Solomon Rothschild), John Mineo (Kalman Rothschild), Ted Pejovich (Jacob Rothschild), Jean Richards (Hannah Cohen), Chris Sarandon (Nathan Rothschild) and Elliott Savage (Budurus)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1971 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Lester Osterman; Originally produced by Hillard Elkins

 1971 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Sherman Yellen

 1971 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Jerry Bock

winner 1971 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Hal Linden

winner 1971 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Keene Curtis

 1971 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

John Bury

 1971 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Michael Kidd

 1971 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Kidd

 1971 Best Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick


music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

ACT 1 Sung By
Prologue: Pleasure and PrivilegePrince William of Hesse
One Room Mayer Rothschild and Gutele (Mama) Rothschild
He Tossed a Coin Mayer Rothschild, Vendors and Ensemble
SonsMayer Rothschild, Gutele (Mama) Rothschild, Young Amshel Rothschild, Young Solomon Rothschild, Young Nathan Rothschild and Young Jacob Rothschild
EverythingNathan Rothschild, Gutele (Mama) Rothschild, Solomon Rothschild, Kalman Rothschild, Amshel Rothschild and Jacob Rothschild
Rothschild and SonsMayer Rothschild, Nathan Rothschild, Solomon Rothschild, Kalman Rothschild, Amshel Rothschild and Jacob Rothschild
AllonsJoseph Fouche and Male Ensemble
Rothschild and Sons (Reprise) Mayer Rothschild, Nathan Rothschild, Solomon Rothschild, Kalman Rothschild, Amshel Rothschild and Jacob Rothschild
Sons (Reprise) Gutele (Mama) Rothschild and Mayer Rothschild
ACT 2 Sung By
Hymn: Give England StrengthHerries and Male Ensemble
This Amazing London TownNathan Rothschild
They SaySceptic and Male Ensemble
I'm in Love! I'm in Love!Nathan Rothschild
I'm in Love! I'm in Love! (Reprise) Hannah Cohen
In My Own LifetimeMayer Rothschild
Have You Ever Seen a Prettier Little Congress?Prince Metternich
StabilityPrince Metternich and Ensemble
BondsNathan Rothschild, Solomon Rothschild, Kalman Rothschild, Amshel Rothschild, Jacob Rothschild, Prince Metternich and Ensemble

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(10/19/1970 - 1/1/1972)
Production Stage Manager: John Actman; Stage Manager: Larry Forde.

Dance Captain: Patrick Cummings; Press Representative: Shirley Herz.


Chuck Beard
Sidney Ben-Zali
Amshel Rothschild (Apr 20, 1971 - ?)
Diane Blair
Richard Dodd
Alice Evans
Lee Franklin
First Urchin
Brian Hall
Third Urchin
Young Solomon Rothschild
Ann Hodges
Mrs. Segal
Howard Honig
Young Jacob Rothschild
Jason Howard
Young Nathan Rothschild
Francesca James
Hannah Cohen
Timothy Jerome
Nathan Rothschild
Dallas Johann
Ray LaManna
Second Broker
Genette Lane
Del Lewis
Jacob Rothschild
Robert LuPone
Caroline McWilliams
Hannah Cohen
Howard Ross
Nathan Rothschild
David Rounds
Jacob Rothschild
Nathan Rothschild
Reid Shelton
Joseph Fouche
Prince Metternich
Prince William of Hesse
Guy Sorel
Deborah St. Darr
Bill Stanton
Paris Themmen
Young Jacob Rothschild
Sean J. Walsh
Third Vendor
Town Crier
Randi Zinn

Understudies: Chuck Beard (Jacob Rothschild), Kenneth Bridges (Mayer Rothschild), Vicki Frederick (Hannah Cohen), Dallas Johann (Kalman Rothschild), Ray LaManna (Nathan Rothschild).

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