Helen Hayes Theatre, (12/18/1970 - 8/28/1971)
Longacre Theatre, (9/15/1971 - 11/14/1971)

Opening Date: Dec 18, 1970
Closing Date: Nov 14, 1971
Total Performances: 378

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York's Ghetto, Present time
Comments: "These are children's voices from the ghetto. In their struggle lies their hope, and ours. They are the voices of change."

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Jeff Britton; Produced in association with Sagittarius Productions, Inc.

Music by Gary William Friedman; Lyrics by Will Holt; Adapted by Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro; Based on the book "The Me Nobody Knows" edited by Stephen M. Joseph; Original idea by Herb Schapiro; Additional lyrics by Herb Schapiro; Music arranged by Gary William Friedman; Music orchestrated by Gary William Friedman; Musical Director: Edward Strauss

Directed by Robert H. Livingston; Musical Numbers Staged by Patricia Birch

Scenic Design by Clarke Dunham; Lighting Design by Clarke Dunham; Costume Design by Patricia Quinn Stuart

General Manager: Malcolm Allen and Jose Véga

Production Stage Manager: Martha Knight; Stage Manager: Jason Travis and G. Dean

Music Preparation: Scott Fisher; Music published by Tommy Valando

Media Design and Photography: Stan Goldberg and Mopsy; Assistant to the Producer: Erlinda Zetlin; Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman; Press Representative: Louise Ment; Associate to the Producer: Sidney Annis; Photographer: Bert Andrews; Casting: Erlinda Zetlin; Advertising: Ingram Ash, Matthew Serino and The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

Beverly Ann BremersCatherine
Northern J. CallowayLloyd
Irene CaraLillie Mae
Gerri DeanMelba
José Fernández
Broadway debut
Douglas GrantBenjamin
Melanie HendersonRhoda
Kevin Lindsay
Broadway debut
Paul MaceDonald
Laura MichaelsLillian
Carl Thoma
Broadway debut
Hattie WinstonNell

Understudies: Roy Bailey, Lenny Bari, Edloe, Giancarlo Esposito and Elaine Petricoff

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1971 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Jeff Britton

 1971 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro

 1971 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Gary William Friedman

 1971 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Robert H. Livingston

 1971 Best Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Will Holt

Drama Desk Award

winner 1970 Most Promising Musical Writer [winner] 

Music by Gary William Friedman; Lyrics by Will Holt


music by Gary William Friedman; lyrics by Will Holt

ACT 1 Sung By
Dream BabiesMelba
Light SingsWilliam and Company
This WorldCompany
What Happens to LifeLillian and Lloyd
Take Hold the CrutchNell and Company
Flying Milk and Runaway PlatesBenjamin and Company
I Love What the Girls HaveDonald
How I FeelCatherine and Carlos
If I Had A Million DollarsCompany
ACT 2 Sung By
Fugue for Four GirlsLillie Mae, Catherine, Lillian and Nell
SoundsNell and Catherine
The TreeCarlos
Robert, Alvin, Wendell and Jo JoRhoda, Lillian, Lillie Mae and William
Jail-Life WalkDonald, Lloyd, Clorox and Carlos
Something BeautifulRhoda
BlackBenjamin, Clorox, Lillie Mae, Lloyd, Melba, Nell, Rhoda and William
The HorseLloyd
Let Me Come inCompany
War BabiesLloyd

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Helen Hayes Theatre

(12/18/1970 - 8/28/1971)


Julienne Clukowski

Understudy: Gerry Kirby.

Longacre Theatre

(9/15/1971 - 11/14/1971)


Rhonda Alfaro
Broadway debut
Lillie Mae
Lenny Bari
Ralph Carter
Broadway debut
Damon Evans
Andrea Frierson
Elaine Petricoff

Understudy: Danny Beard, Marley Sims.

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