Shubert Theatre, (2/25/1973 - 9/15/1973)
Majestic Theatre, (9/17/1973 - 8/03/1974)

First Preview: Feb 15, 1973
Opening Date: Feb 25, 1973
Closing Date: Aug 03, 1974
Total Previews: 12
Total Performances: 601

Category: Musical, Romantic Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The turn of the century. Sweden.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Executive Directors: Irving Goldman, Bernard B. Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld)

Produced by Harold Prince; Produced in association with Ruth Mitchell

Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Suggested by the film "Smiles of a Summer Night" by Ingmar Bergman; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Musical Director: Harold Hastings

Directed by Harold Prince; Choreographed by Patricia Birch

Scenic Design by Boris Aronson; Costume Design by Florence Klotz; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound: Jack Mann; Hair Design by Charles La France

General Manager: Howard Haines; Company Manager: Ralph Roseman

Production Stage Manager: George Martin; Production Supervisor: Ruth Mitchell

Music published by Tommy Valando; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller

Press Representative: Mary Bryant; Casting: Joanna Merlin; Advertising: Ingram Ash

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Opening Night Cast

Len CariouFrederik Egerman
Hermione GingoldMadame Armfeldt
Glynis JohnsDesiree Armfeldt
George Lee Andrews
Broadway debut
Madame Armfeldt's butler
Desiree Armfeldt's maid
Patricia ElliottCountess Charlotte Malcolm
Beth FowlerMrs. Segstrom
Laurence GuittardCount Carl-Magnus Malcolm
D. Jamin-Bartlett
Broadway debut
Judy Kahan
Broadway debut
Fredrika Armfeldt
Mark Lambert
Broadway debut
Henrik Egerman
Barbara LangMrs. Anderssen
Victoria MalloryAnne Egerman
Teri RalstonMrs. Nordstrom
Benjamin RaysonMr. Lindquist
Gene VarroneMr. Erlanson
Will Sharpe MarshallBertrand
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Sherry Mathis
Broadway debut

Standby: Len Gochman (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Frederik Egerman)

Understudies: Despo (Madame Armfeldt), Beth Fowler (Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Petra), Barbara Lang (Desiree Armfeldt), Will Sharpe Marshall (Frid, Henrik Egerman) and Sherry Mathis (Anne Egerman, Fredrika Armfeldt)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1973 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Harold Prince

winner 1973 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Hugh Wheeler

winner 1973 Best Original Score [winner] 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Music by Stephen Sondheim

 1973 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Len Cariou

winner 1973 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Glynis Johns

 1973 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Laurence Guittard

winner 1973 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Patricia Elliott

 1973 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Hermione Gingold

 1973 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Boris Aronson

winner 1973 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Florence Klotz

 1973 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Tharon Musser

 1973 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Harold Prince

Drama Desk Award

winner 1973 Outstanding Book [winner] 

Book by Hugh Wheeler

winner 1973 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

winner 1973 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Stephen Sondheim

winner 1973 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Glynis Johns; Patricia Elliott

winner 1973 Outstanding Director [winner] 

Harold Prince

winner 1973 Most Promising Performer [winner] 

D. Jamin-Bartlett

Theatre World

winner 1973 Award [recipient] 

D. Jamin-Bartlett

winner 1973 Award [recipient] 

Patricia Elliott

winner 1973 Award [recipient] 

Laurence Guittard


music by Stephen Sondheim; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

ACT 1 Sung By
OvertureMr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Anderssen, Mr. Erlanson and Mrs. Segstrom
Night WaltzCompany
NowFrederik Egerman
LaterHenrik Egerman
SoonAnne Egerman, Henrik Egerman and Frederik Egerman
The Glamorous LifeFredrika Armfeldt, Desiree Armfeldt, Malla (Desiree Armfeldt's maid), Madame Armfeldt and Chorus
You Must Meet My WifeDesiree Armfeldt and Frederik Egerman
LiaisonsMadame Armfeldt
In Praise of WomenCount Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Every Day a Little DeathCountess Charlotte Malcolm and Anne Egerman
A Weekend in the Country Company
ACT 2 Sung By
The Sun Won't Set Chorus
It Would Have Been WonderfulFrederik Egerman and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Perpetual AnticipationMrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Segstrom and Mrs. Anderssen
Send in the ClownsDesiree Armfeldt
The Miller's SonPetra

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Shubert Theatre

(2/25/1973 - 9/15/1973)

Musical Director: Paul Gemignani.


Sheila K. Adams
Broadway debut
Fredrika Armfeldt

Majestic Theatre

(9/17/1973 - 8/3/1974)

Musical Director: Paul Gemignani.


William Daniels
Frederik Egerman (Feb 25, 1974 - ?)
Joy Franz
Mrs. Nordstrom
Sherry Mathis
Mrs. Anderssen
Dick Sabol
Madame Armfeldt's butler

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