Majestic Theatre, (10/20/1964 - 3/05/1966)

First Preview: Sep 23, 1964
Opening Date: Oct 20, 1964
Closing Date: Mar 05, 1966
Total Previews: 25
Total Performances: 568

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: 1960-1964. New York City.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Hillard Elkins; Associate Producer: George Platt

Originally produced by Epic

Book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Based on the play by Clifford Odets; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns; Dance arrangements by Dorothea Freitag; Additional music scoring by Elliot Lawrence; Music for Fight Ballet Assembled by Dorothea Freitag

Directed by Arthur Penn; Choreographed by Donald McKayle; Assistant Choreographer: Jaime Rogers

Scenic Design by Tony Walton; Costume Design by Tony Walton; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Projection Design by Tony Walton; Projections devised by Richard Pilbrow

General Manager: Joseph Harris; Business Administrator for Mr. Elkins: Bill Levine; Company Manager: Sam Pagliaro

Production Manager: Michael Thoma; Stage Manager: Ralph Linn

Music Coordinator for Mr. Davis: George Rhodes; Music Coordination in association with Will Mastin Trio; Music published by Edwin H. Morris & Co.; Copyist: Scott Fisher

General Press Representative: Lee Solters and Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: Harry Nigro; Advertising: Ingram Ash and Blaine-Thompson; Legal Representation: Linden and Deutsch

Wurlitzer Grand Piano used on stage through special arrangement with The Wurlitzer Company

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Opening Night Cast

Sammy Davis, Jr.Joe Wellington
Billy DanielsEddie Satin
Kenneth TobeyTom Moody
Paula WayneLorna Moon
Ted BeniadesRoxy Gottlieb
Johnny BrownRonnie
Don CrabtreeDrake
Bob DaleyReporter
Marguerite DelainEnsemble
Jeannette DuBoisAnna
Lola FalanaLola
Maxwell GlanvilleFight Announcer
Roy GlennMr. Wellington
Louis GossettFrank
Buck HellerHoodlum
Baayork LeeEnsemble
Theresa MerrittEnsemble
Terrin MilesTerry
Robin MillerEnsemble
Sally NealEnsemble
Benny PayneBenny
Harold PiersonEnsemble
Albert PopwellAl
Louise QuickEnsemble
Mabel RobinsonMabel
Jaime RogersLopez
Amy RousselleEnsemble
Kenneth ScottEnsemble
Stephen TaylorEnsemble
Ralph VucciDriscoll
Lamont WashingtonEnsemble
Charles WelchTokio
Lester WilsonLes

Standby: Sheila Sullivan (Lorna Moon)

Understudies: Don Crabtree (Tom Moody), Bob Daley (Drake, Driscoll), Maxwell Glanville (Mr. Wellington), Louis Gossett (Eddie Satin), Baayork Lee (Terry), Harold Pierson (Lopez), Albert Popwell (Ronnie), Amy Rousselle (Anna), Ralph Vucci (Roxy Gottlieb, Tokio) and Lamont Washington (Joe Wellington)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1965 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Produced by Hillard Elkins

 1965 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Sammy Davis, Jr.

 1965 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Donald McKayle

 1965 Best Producer of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Hillard Elkins


music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams

ACT 1 Sung By
Night SongJoe Wellington
Everything's GreatTom Moody and Lorna Moon
Gimme SomeJoe Wellington and Terry
Stick AroundJoe Wellington
Don't Forget 127th StreetJoe Wellington, Ronnie and Company
Lorna's HereLorna Moon
The Road TourJoe Wellington, Lorna Moon, Tom Moody, Roxy Gottlieb, Eddie Satin, Tokio and Company
This Is the LifeEddie Satin, Joe Wellington, Lola and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Golden BoyLorna Moon
While the City SleepsEddie Satin
While the City Sleeps (Dance)Mabel, Lopez and Les
ColorfulJoe Wellington
I Want to Be With YouJoe Wellington and Lorna Moon
Can't You See It?Joe Wellington
No MoreJoe Wellington and Company
The FightJoe Wellington and Lopez

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Majestic Theatre

(10/20/1964 - 3/5/1966)
Conducted by Joyce Brown.


Barbara Charles
Louis Gossett
Eddie Satin
Hilda Harris
Nat Horne
Theresa Merritt
Albert Popwell
Sheila Sullivan
Lorna Moon
Stephen Taylor

Understudies: Buck Heller (Lopez), Stephen Taylor (Terry).

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