Palace Theatre, (3/30/1970 - 7/27/1972)

First Preview: Mar 26, 1970
Opening Date: Mar 30, 1970
Closing Date: Jul 27, 1972
Total Previews: 4
Total Performances: 896

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The present. In and around New York.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by Joseph Kipness and Lawrence Kasha; Produced in association with Nederlander Productions, Inc and George M. Steinbrenner III

Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Based on the film 'All About Eve' and the original story by Mary Orr; Musical Director: Donald Pippin; Vocal arrangements by Donald Pippin; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Dance arrangements by Mel Marvin; Incidental music arranged by Mel Marvin

Directed by Ron Field; Choreographed by Ron Field

Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Ray Aghayan; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Hair Design by Joe Tubens

General Manager: Philip Adler; Company Manager: S.M. Handelsman

Production Stage Manager: Terence Little; Stage Manager: Donald Christy

Orchestra Personnel Supervisor: Morris Stonzek; Music Preparation: Thomas P. Brown

Directorial Assistant: Otto Pirchner; Choreographic Assistant: Tom Rolla; Production Associate: Phyllis Dukore; Press Representative: Bill Doll & Company, Inc., Susan L. Schulman, Midori Lederer, Dick Williams and Virginia Holden; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company; Dance Captain: Ed Nolfi

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Opening Night Cast

Lauren BacallMargo Channing
Len CariouBill Sampson
Bonnie FranklinBonnie
Penny FullerEve Harrington
Brandon MaggartBuzz Richards
Robert MandanHoward Benedict
Lee Roy ReamsDuane Fox
Ann WilliamsKaren Richards
Bill AllsbrookDanny
John AnaniaTony Announcer
David AndersonMusician
Renee BaughmanDancer
Ray BeckerStan Harding
Joan BellDancer
Debi CarpenterDancer
John CashmanDancer
Jon DaenenDancer
Nicholas DanteDancer
Patti D'BeckDancer
Marilyn D'HonauDancer
Gene FooteDancer
Laurie FranksSinger
Nat HorneMusician
Ernestine JacksonSinger
Howard KahlBob
Gene KeltonMusician
Alan KingTony Host
Marybeth KurdockDancer
Mike MisitaJoey
Ed NolfiDancer
Carol PetriAutograph Seeker
Sheilah RaeSinger
Orrin ReileyPiano Player
TV Director
Jeannette SeibertSinger
Tom UrichBert
Henrietta ValorSinger
Sammy WilliamsDancer
Jerry WyattBartender

Standby: Gretchen Wyler (Margo Channing)

Understudies: John Anania (Howard Benedict), Ray Becker (Buzz Richards), Lanier Davis (Peter, Tony Announcer), Patti D'Beck (Bonnie), Gene Foote (Duane Fox), Laurie Franks (Karen Richards), Carol Petri (Bonnie), Sheilah Rae (Eve Harrington), Tom Urich (Bill Sampson) and Jerry Wyatt (Bert, Stan Harding)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1970 Best Musical [winner] 

Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams; Produced by Joseph Kipness and Lawrence Kasha

 1970 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Len Cariou

winner 1970 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Lauren Bacall

 1970 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Brandon Maggart

 1970 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Bonnie Franklin

 1970 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Penny Fuller

 1970 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Robert Randolph

 1970 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Ray Aghayan

 1970 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Tharon Musser

winner 1970 Best Choreography [winner] 

Ron Field

winner 1970 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Ron Field

Drama Desk Award

winner 1970 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Ron Field

winner 1970 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Lauren Bacall

winner 1970 Outstanding Director [winner] 

Ron Field

Theatre World

winner 1970 Award [recipient] 

Len Cariou

winner 1970 Award [recipient] 

Bonnie Franklin


music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams

ACT 1 Sung By
Backstage BabbleFirst Nighters
Think How It's Gonna BeBill Sampson
But AliveMargo Channing and Boys
The Best Night of My LifeEve Harrington
Who's That Girl?Margo Channing
ApplauseBonnie and Gypsies
Hurry BackMargo Channing
Fasten Your Seat BeltsBuzz Richards, Karen Richards, Howard Benedict, Duane Fox, Bill Sampson and Guests
Welcome to the TheatreMargo Channing
ACT 2 Sung By
Inner ThoughtsKaren Richards, Buzz Richards and Margo Channing
Good FriendsMargo Channing, Karen Richards and Buzz Richards
The Best Night of My Life (Reprise) Eve Harrington
She's No Longer a GypsyBonnie, Duane Fox and Gypsies
One of a KindBill Sampson and Margo Channing
One Hallowe'enEve Harrington
Something GreaterMargo Channing
FinaleMargo Channing and Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Palace Theatre

(3/30/1970 - 7/27/1972)
Company Manager: Milton Pollack.

Production Stage Manager: Donald Christy; Stage Manager: Lanier Davis; Assistant Stage Mgr: John Herbert; Production Stage Manager: Robert L. Borod.

Dance Captain: Bonnie Walker.


Gene Aguirre
Dancer in Bar
Anne Baxter
Margo Channing
Wayne Boyd
Christopher Chadman
Duane Fox
Keith Charles
Bill Sampson
Franklin Cover
Howard Benedict
Arlene Dahl
Margo Channing
Patti Davis
Gwyda DonHowe
Karen Richards
Gene Foote
Duane Fox
Jay Fox
John Gabriel
Bill Sampson
Peggy Hagan
Karen Richards
Phebe Hagen
Karen Richards
John Herbert
Peggy LeRoy
Merrill Leighton
Janice Lynde
Eve Harrington
Diane McAfee
Replaced during out of town tryout
Eve Harrington Was replaced in previews
Judy McCauley
John Medeiros
Larry Merritt
Duane Fox
Joseph Neal
Piano Player
TV Director
Leland Palmer
Her character was called "Leland" while she was in the production
Bonnie (Sep 6, 1971 - Nov 20, 1971)
Carol Petri
Jozella Reed
Kathleen Robey
Autograph Seeker
Tom Rolla
Duane Fox
Bonnie Walker
Lawrence Weber
Howard Benedict
Sammy Williams
Dancer in Bar

Understudies: Patti Davis (Eve Harrington), Peggy Hagan (Karen Richards).

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