Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (2/03/1969 - 5/18/1969)

Opening Date: Feb 03, 1969
Closing Date: May 18, 1969
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 121

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Tabard Inn, London and Canterbury Cathedral in the Spring, during the latter part of the 14th Century.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Nancy Enterprises, Inc.

Produced by Management Three Productions, Ltd. and Frank Productions, Inc.; Produced by arrangement with Classic Presentations Limited

Book by Martin Starkie and Nevill Coghill; Based on "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer; Music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins; Lyrics by Nevill Coghill; Musical Director: Oscar Kosarin; Dance arrangements by Oscar Kosarin; Vocal arrangements by Oscar Kosarin; Music orchestrated by Richard Hill and John Hawkins

Directed by Martin Starkie; Choreographed by Sammy Bayes; Assistant Choreographer: Bert Michaels

Scenic Design by Derek Cousins; Costume Design by Loudon Sainthill; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher

General Manager: Ralph Roseman

Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Caldwell; Stage Manager: Wade Miller

Original Broadway Cast Album by Capitol Records; Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

Scenery Supervision: Richard Seger; Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson and Lee Solters; Casting Consultant: Esther Feinerman; Dance Captain: Bert Michaels; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company; Photographer: Bert Andrews

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Opening Night Cast

Hermione BaddeleyWife of Bath
Old Woman
Mary Jo CatlettHousewife
Village Girl
Parishioner
Roy CooperMiller
Pluto
Gervase
Betsy DickersonVillage Girl
Sandy DuncanThe Sweetheart
Alison
Molly
May
Terry EnoRobin
Attendant
Courtier
Workman
Dick EnsslenFriar
Ed EvankoSquire
Nicholas
Damian
Alan
Jack FletcherAttendant
Workman
Roger FranklinExecutioner
Ann GardnerPrioress
Queen
Proserpina
Martyn GreenChaucer
Justinus
Bruce HydeClerk of Oxford
Young Knight
Absalon
John
Karen KristinCourt Lady
Village Girl
Bridesmaid
Joyce MaretBridesmaid
Village Girl
Court Lady
Bert MichaelsSummoner
Patricia MichaelsCourt Lady
Bridesmaid
Village Girl
Tod MillerPage
Attendant
Courtier
Workman
Gene MyersAttendant
Courtier
Workman
Evelyn PageNun
Duenna
Miller's Wife
George RoseSteward
The Carpenter
January
Ron SchwinnAttendant
Courtier
Workman
Marianne SelbertBridesmaid
Court Lady
Village Girl
Leon ShawMerchant
Reid SheltonKnight
King
Suzan SidneyParishioner
Village Girl
Garnett SmithPriest
Placebo
Pardoner
Edwin SteffeHost
David ThomasCook
Workman

Understudies: Mary Jo Catlett (Duenna, Miller's Wife, Nun), Terry Eno (Absalon, Clerk of Oxford, John, Young Knight), Dick Ensslen (Gervase, Miller, Pluto), Jack Fletcher (Alan, Damian, Nicholas, Squire), Roger Franklin (Host), Karen Kristin (Alison, May, Molly, The Sweetheart), Patricia Michaels (Prioress, Proserpina, Queen), Tod Miller (Robin), Gene Myers (Summoner), Evelyn Page (Old Woman, Wife of Bath), Ron Schwinn (Friar, Pardoner, Priest), Reid Shelton (Merchant), Garnett Smith (January, Steward) and David Thomas (Chaucer, Justinus)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1969 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sandy Duncan

 1969 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Derek Cousins

winner 1969 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Loudon Sainthill

 1969 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Sammy Bayes

Theatre World

winner 1969 Award [recipient] 

Ed Evanko

Songs

music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins; lyrics by Nevill Coghill

ACT 1 Sung By
Song of Welcome
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Host and Company
Goodnight HymnCompany
Canterbury DayCompany
Pilgrim Riding Music
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Company
I Have a Noble CockNicholas
Darling Let Me Teach You How to KissAbsalon
There's the MoonNicholas and Alison
It Depends on What You're AtWife of Bath, Nun and Company
Love Will Conquer AllPrioress, Village Girl and Company
Beer Is BestMiller, Miller's Wife, Alan, John and Molly
Canterbury Day (Reprise) Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Come on and Marry Me HoneyWife of Bath and Company
Mug Dance
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Company
Where Are the Girls of YesterdayHost and Company
Hymen, Hymen
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Company
If She Has Never Loved BeforeJanuary
I'll Give My Love a RingDamian and May
Pear Tree SextetDamian, January, Pluto, Proserpina and May
I Am All AblazeSquire
Love Pas de Deux
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Pilgrim and Village Girl
What Do Women Want
(music by Richard Hill and John Hawkins)
Young Knight and Court Ladies
April SongCompany
Love Will Conquer All (Reprise) Prioress, Village Girl and Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(2/3/1969 - 5/18/1969)

Cast

Eleanor Bergquist
Parishioner
Village Girl
Mary Jo Catlett
Duenna
Miller's Wife
Nun

Understudies: Eleanor Bergquist (Duenna, Miller's Wife, Nun), Mary Jo Catlett (Wife of Bath), Leon Shaw (Knight).


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