Palace Theatre, (4/10/1968 - 4/26/1969)

First Preview: Apr 08, 1968
Opening Date: Apr 10, 1968
Closing Date: Apr 26, 1969
Total Previews: 8
Total Performances: 433

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: 1887 to 1937. Show business on the road and in New York.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by David Black, Konrad Matthaei and Lorin E. Price

Music by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan; Book by Michael Stewart, John Pascal and Francine Pascal; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang

Directed by Joe Layton; Choreographed by Joe Layton

Scenic Design by Tom John; Costume Design by Freddy Wittop; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Hair Design by Ronald De Mann

General Manager: Allentuck, Azenberg, and Wolsk; Company Manager: R. Tyler Gatchell, Jr.

Production Supervisor: Jose Véga; Stage Manager: Tony Manzi

Lyrics and music revision by Mary Cohan; Musical Supervisor: Laurence Rosenthal; Head Music Copyist: Thomas Brown

Press Representative: Frank Goodman and Martin Shwartz; Casting: Carol Capelletti; Advertising: Fred Golden and The Blaine Thompson Company; Animal Trainer: Animal Talent Scouts, Inc.

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Opening Night Cast

Joel GreyGeorge M. Cohan
Jerry DodgeJerry Cohan
Jamie DonnellyEthel Levey
Betty Ann GroveNellie Cohan
Jill O'HaraAgnes Nolan
(Apr 08, 1968 - Aug 24, 1968)
Bernadette PetersJosie Cohan
(Apr 08, 1968 - Aug 24, 1968)
Loni AckermanDog Trainer
2nd Pianist
Fay Templeton's Maid
Jonelle AllenLiving Statue
Secretary in Cohan & Harris Office
Jacqueline AllowayFay Templeteon
Draper's Assistant
Wardrobe Lady
Karin BakerLiving Statue
Pushcart Girl
Susan Batson1st Little Girl
Mrs. Red Deer
Sharpshooter's Assistant
Little Girl in Fay Templeton scene
Bill BrandonAcrobat
Boy in Pushcart
Roger BraunDr. Webb
E.F. Albee
Living Statue
Danny CarrollLouis Behman
Bell Ringer
Fay Templeton's Manager
Gene CastleWillie in 'Popularity'
Stage Manager of 'I'd Rather Be Right'
James DybasStagehand at Providence Grande Theatre
Dog Trainer
Congressman Burkhardt
Actor in Strike Scene
Harvey EvansSam Harris
Bell Ringer
Patti Mariano2nd Little Girl
(Apr 08, 1968 - Aug 24, 1968)
(Apr 08, 1968 - Aug 24, 1968)
Angela MartinVentriloquist
Ma Templeton
John MineoArchie the Drummer
Judge Anspacher
First Policeman in 'Nellie Kelly'
Man on Street
Scotty Salmon1st Pianist
Bell Ringer
Piano Player in Cohan & Harris Office
Kathie SavageLiving Statue
Pushcart Girl
Janie SellMadame Grimaldi
Mrs. Baker
Flamethrower's Assistant
Alan WeeksBuck and Winger
Designer's Assistant
Ronald YoungSaxophonist
Bell Ringer
Ship's Captain
Alderman Hailey
Accordionist in 'Harrigan'
Director of 'I'd Rather Be Right'

Swings: Katherine Hull

Understudies: Jonelle Allen (Fay Templeteon), Karin Baker (Agnes Nolan, Nellie Cohan), Bob Becker (Swing Boy), Bill Brandon (E.F. Albee), Roger Braun (Director of 'I'd Rather Be Right'), Danny Carroll (Jerry Cohan), Jerry Dodge (George M. Cohan), James Dybas (Walt), Patti Mariano (Josie Cohan), Angela Martin (Madame Grimaldi), John Mineo (Louis Behman, Sam Harris, Willie in 'Popularity') and Kathie Savage (Ethel Levey)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1969 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Joel Grey

winner 1969 Best Choreography [winner] 

Joe Layton

Theatre World

winner 1968 Award [recipient] 

Bernadette Peters


music by George M. Cohan; lyrics by George M. Cohan

ACT 1 Sung By
Musical MoonJerry Cohan and Nellie Cohan
Oh, You Wonderful BoyJosie Cohan
All Aboard for BroadwayGeorge M. Cohan and Four Cohans
Musical Comedy ManFour Cohans and Full Company
All Aboard for Broadway (Reprise) Four Cohans and Full Company
I Was Born in VirginiaEthel Levey
Twentieth Century LoveFour Cohans and Ethel Levey
My TownGeorge M. Cohan
BillieAgnes Nolan
Push Me Along in My PushcartEthel Levey and Pushcart Girls
Ring to the Name of RoseJosie Cohan and Bell Ringers
PopularityWillie in 'Popularity' and Full Company
Give My Regards to BroadwayGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Forty-five Minutes from BroadwayGeorge M. Cohan and Rose (Fay Templeton's Maid)
So Long, MaryGeorge M. Cohan, Sam Harris, Rose (Fay Templeton's Maid), Freddie and Ma Templeton
Down by the ErieSecretary in Cohan & Harris Office, Politicians, Little Girl in Fay Templeton scene and Full Company
MaryFay Templeteon
All Our FriendsSam Harris and Full Company
Yankee Doodle DandyGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
Nellie Kelly I Love YouGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
HarriganGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
Over ThereGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
You're a Grand Old FlagGeorge M. Cohan and Full Company
The CityFull Company
I'd Rather Be RightGeorge M. Cohan and Company
Give My Regards to Broadway (Reprise) George M. Cohan
Dancing Our Worries AwayFull Company
The Great Easter Sunday ParadeFull Company
Hannah's a HummerFull Company
Barnum and Bailey RagFull Company
The Belle of the Barber's BallFull Company
The American RagtimeFull Company
All in the WearingFull Company
I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle TuneFull Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Palace Theatre

(4/10/1968 - 4/26/1969)


Jacqueline Alloway
Madame Grimaldi
Ray Becker
Accordionist in 'Harrigan'
Alderman Hailey
Bell Ringer
Director of 'I'd Rather Be Right'
Ship's Captain
Danny Carroll
Jerry Cohan
Alan Castner
Bell Ringer
Fay Templeton's Manager
Louis Behman
Ray Chabeau
Buck and Winger
Designer's Assistant
Kathy Conry
2nd Pianist
Dog Trainer
Fay Templeton's Maid
Deborah Deeble
Agnes Nolan (Dec 30, 1968 - ?)
Jerry Dodge
George M. Cohan (Dec 16, 1968 - Dec 23, 1968)
Andrea Duda
Flamethrower's Assistant
Mrs. Baker
Bill Gerber
Bell Ringer
Sam Harris
Ed Goldsmid
Boy in Pushcart
Fay Templeton's Manager
Eileen Lawlor
2nd Little Girl
Patti Mariano
Josie Cohan (Aug 26, 1968 - Apr 26, 1969)
Alice Playten
1st Little Girl
Little Girl in Fay Templeton scene
Mrs. Red Deer
Sharpshooter's Assistant
Scotty Salmon
Sheila Sullivan
Agnes Nolan (Aug 26, 1968 - Dec 28, 1968)

Understudies: Eileen Lawlor (Josie Cohan).

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