Winter Garden Theatre, (11/11/1972 - 2/11/1973)

First Preview: Nov 02, 1972
Opening Date: Nov 11, 1972
Closing Date: Feb 11, 1973
Total Previews: 10
Total Performances: 136

Category: Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Before World War I. A small town in middle America.
Comments: Transfer from the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park (August 10 -- September 3, 1972 for 20 performances).

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp, Producer); Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten

Written by William Shakespeare; Incidental music by Peter Link

Directed by A. J. Antoon; Choreographed by Donald Saddler

Scenic Design by Ming Cho Lee; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Assistant to Miss Aldredge: Mary Colquhoun; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Assistant to Mr. Aronstein: Lawrence Metzler

General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk and Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Robert Kamlot

Production Stage Manager: David Eidenberg; Stage Manager: Tom Gardner; Assistant Stage Mgr: Dan Sedgwick; Production Manager: Andrew Mihok; Technical Director: Mervyn Haines, Jr.

Musical Supervisor: John Morris; Trumpet and Cornet: Charles Lewis; Drum, Banjo and Guitar: Lenny Pogan; Tuba, Bass and Trombone: Sam Pilafian; Piano and Trombone: Peter Phillips; Clarinet and Flute: Aaron Sachs; Drums: Jimmie Young; Conducted by Peter Phillips

General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Robert Larkin and Robert Ullman; Assistant to the Producer: Gail Merrifield; Casting: Vincent Gugleotti Jr.; Assistant to the Associate Producer: Mary Goldberg; Press Assistant: Norman L. Berman; Assistant to Mr. Saddler: Helen Gallagher; Production Assistant: Mary Colquhoun; Production Associate: Meir Zvi Ribalow; Advertising: Don Josephson and The Blaine Thompson Company; Photographer: George E. Joseph

Opening Night Cast

Barnard HughesDogberry
Sam WaterstonSignior Benedick of Padua
companion of Don Pedro
Douglass WatsonDon Pedro
Prince of Aragon
Kathleen WiddoesBeatrice
an orphan, Leonato's niece
Charles BartlettMessenger
Richard CasperOther Watch
Frederick CoffinBorachio
follower of Don John
Lindsay Ann CrouseTownsperson
Marshall EfronBalthasar
a singer
Arny FreemanAntonio
Leonato's brother
Jack GianinoConrade
follower of Don John
Cathy GreeneTownsperson
George GugleottiFirst Watch
Mark HammerLeonato
Governor of Messina
Bette HenritzeUrsula
attendant on Hero
Jeanne HeppleMargaret
attendant on Hero
Joan JaffeTownsperson
David LenthallSecond Watch
Rosamond LynnTownsperson
Will MackenzieVerges
Jerry MayerDon John
Don Pedro's bastard brother
Tom McDermottFriar Francis
James McGillOther Watch
William RobertsonTownsperson
Barbara RubensteinTownsperson
Richard SchneiderTownsperson
Leland SchwantesTownsperson
April ShawhanHero
Leonato's daughter
Glenn WalkenCount Claudio of Florence
companion of Don Pedro

Standby: Maury Cooper (Don Pedro), Jeanne Hepple (Beatrice), Will Mackenzie (Signior Benedick of Padua) and Albert Quinton (Dogberry)

Understudies: Richard Casper (Count Claudio of Florence), Maury Cooper (Leonato), Lindsay Ann Crouse (Hero), Jack Gianino (Borachio, Don John), George Gugleotti (Verges), Joan Jaffe (Ursula), Albert Quinton (Friar Francis), William Robertson (Antonio), Barbara Rubenstein (Margaret), Richard Schneider (Messenger, Sexton) and Leland Schwantes (First Watch, Second Watch)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1973 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Incidental music by Peter Link

 1973 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Kathleen Widdoes

 1973 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Barnard Hughes

 1973 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

 1973 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Martin Aronstein

 1973 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Donald Saddler

 1973 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

A. J. Antoon

Drama Desk Award

winner 1973 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

winner 1973 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Sam Waterston and Douglass Watson

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Winter Garden Theatre

(11/11/1972 - 2/11/1973)
Sound Design by Peter Erskine.

Assistant Stage Mgr: John Beven.


Leland Schwantes
Second Watch
Paul Sparer
Governor of Messina

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