Majestic Theatre, (10/06/1974 - 11/30/1974)

Opening Date: Oct 06, 1974
Closing Date: Nov 30, 1974
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 66

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: 1911-1938. The Sennett Studios; The Brooklyn Studio; Mack's Office, Brooklyn; Los Angeles; The Orchid Room of the Hollywood Hotel; A Pier, New York; "Vitagraph Varieties of 1929" and more.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by David Merrick; Produced in association with Edwin H. Morris; Associate Producer: Jack Schlissel

Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Musical Director: Don Pippin; Vocal arrangements by Don Pippin; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Incidental and Dance music by John Morris; Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelgass

Directed by Gower Champion; Choreographed by Gower Champion; Associate Choreographer: Buddy Schwab

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Audio Consultant: Abe Jacob; Hair Stylist: Ted Azar

Production Supervisor: Lucia Victor; Production Stage Manager: Marnel Sumner; Stage Manager: Tony Manzi

Associate Conductor: Skip Redwine

General Press Representative: Solters / Sabinson / Roskin Inc.; Press Representative: Bud Westman and Joshua Ellis; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden; Dance Captain: Sandra Brewer; Film Coordinator: Andy Stein; Casting: Lucia Victor and Howard Feuer

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Opening Night Cast

Bernadette PetersMabel Normand
Robert PrestonMack Sennett
Lisa KirkLottie Ames
James MitchellWilliam Desmond Taylor
John AlmbergGrip
Cheryl ArmstrongPhyllis Foster
Bathing Beauty
Claudia AsburyBathing Beauty
Tom BattenMr. Kleinman
Sandahl BergmanBathing Beauty
Roger A. BigelowFreddie
George BlackwellGrip
Frank BouleyGrip
Gerard BrentteGrip
Lonnie BurrGrip
Helen ButleroffSwing Dancer
Chrystal ChambersBathing Beauty
Nancy DafgekBathing Beauty
Prudence DarbyBathing Beauty
Chet D'EliaGrip
Jerry DodgeFrank Wyman
Nancy C. EversElla
Robert FitchWally
Igors GavonGrip
Elaine HandelBathing Beauty
Paula LynnBathing Beauty
Richard MaxonSwing Dancer
Bert MichaelsMr. Fox
Patricia MichaelsBathing Beauty
Jonathan MieleGrip
Christopher MurneyCharlie Muldoon
Don PercassiGrip
Carol PereaBathing Beauty
Frank RootSerge
L. J. RoseBathing Beauty
Rita RudnerBathing Beauty
Marie SantellIris
the wardrobe mistress
Marianne SelbertBathing Beauty
Stanley SimmondsEddie
the watchman
Jo SperosBathing Beauty
Pat TrottBathing Beauty
Geordie WitheeBathing Beauty

Understudies: Roger A. Bigelow (William Desmond Taylor), George Blackwell (Eddie), Frank Bouley (Mr. Kleinman), Lonnie Burr (Charlie Muldoon), Helen Butleroff (Swing Dancer), Igors Gavon (Mack Sennett), Richard Maxon (Swing Dancer), Patricia Michaels (Lottie Ames), Jonathan Miele (Mr. Fox), Don Percassi (Wally), Frank Root (Frank Wyman), L. J. Rose (Ella) and Marie Santell (Mabel Normand)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1975 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Merrick

 1975 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Michael Stewart

 1975 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robert Preston

 1975 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Bernadette Peters

 1975 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Robin Wagner

 1975 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Patricia Zipprodt

 1975 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Gower Champion

 1975 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Gower Champion

Drama Desk Award

 1975 Outstanding Music and Lyrics [nominee] 

Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman

 1975 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robert Preston

 1975 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Bernadette Peters


music by Jerry Herman; lyrics by Jerry Herman

ACT 1 Sung By
Movies Were MoviesMack Sennett
Look What Happened to MabelMabel Normand, Wally, Charlie Muldoon, Frank Wyman and Grips
Big TimeLottie Ames and Family
I Won't Send RosesMack Sennett
I Won't Send Roses (Reprise) Mabel Normand
I Wanna Make the World LaughMack Sennett and Company
I Wanna Make the World Laugh (Reprise) Mack Sennett and Company
Wherever He Ain'tMabel Normand and Waiters
Hundreds of GirlsMack Sennett and Bathing Beauties
ACT 2 Sung By
When Mabel Comes in the RoomCompany
My Heart Leaps UpMack Sennett
Time Heals EverythingMabel Normand
Tap Your Troubles AwayLottie Ames and Girls
I Promise You a Happy EndingMack Sennett

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Majestic Theatre

(10/6/1974 - 11/30/1974)


Jess Richards
Frank Wyman
Frank Root
Frank Wyman

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