Broadhurst Theatre, (4/15/1971 - 5/15/1971)

First Preview: Apr 07, 1971
Opening Date: Apr 15, 1971
Closing Date: May 15, 1971
Total Previews: 9
Total Performances: 35

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York City. The Cornucopia Tea Room; the Broadhurst Theatre; Ida's room; Sadie's fur salon; lobby of Sussex Arms; Arctic Cold Storage Co.; the Coliseum; a chapel.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by Arthur Whitelaw; Produced in association with Seth Harrison

Book by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Book adapted by Joe Masteroff; Based on the play "Breath of Spring" by Peter Coke; Musical Director: Oscar Kosarin; Vocal arrangements by Oscar Kosarin; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Dorothea Freitag; Associate Musical Dir.: Karen Gustafson

Production Supervised by Stanley Prager; Directed by Paul Aaron; Choreographed by Onna White; Associate Choreographer: Martin Allen

Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Lighting Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Jane Greenwood; Hair Styles by Joe Tubens

General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss; Company Manager: David Wyler

Production Stage Manager: Edwin P. Aldridge; Stage Manager: Victor Straus

Music published by Tommy Valando; Original cast album on Columbia Records; Music Preparation: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller

General Press Representative: Max Eisen; Press Representative: Warren Pincus; Casting: Shirley Rich; Furs: Ben Kahn Furs; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

Hans ConriedHarry
Mildred NatwickIda Dodd
Lillian RothGert
Joey FayeDetective Callahan
Dorothea FreitagLorraine
Lillian HaymanMelba
Henrietta JacobsonGrandmother
Gil LambWalter
Lucie LancasterEunice
Goldye Shaw
Broadway debut
Coley WorthOfficer Kowalski
Thomas AndersonEnsemble Player
Tommy BreslinEddie
Robert G. DareEnsemble Player
Sally De MayEnsemble Player
Ruth GilletteEnsemble Player
Lloyd HarrisEnsemble Player
Marjorie LeachEnsemble Player
Abby LewisEnsemble Player
Steve MillsEnsemble Player
Naomi PriceEnsemble Player
Beau TildenEnsemble Player
Bobbi TremainEnsemble Player
Jay VelieEnsemble Player

Standby: Nancy Andrews (Gert, Ida Dodd) and Karen Gustafson (Lorraine)

Understudies: Robert G. Dare (Detective Callahan, Ensemble Player, Officer Kowalski), Sally De May (Ensemble Player), Joey Faye (Walter), Ruth Gillette (Grandmother), Henrietta Jacobson (Fritzi), John Johann (Eddie), Abby Lewis (Eunice), Naomi Price (Melba), Beau Tilden (Ensemble Player) and Coley Worth (Harry)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1972 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Mildred Natwick


music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

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