Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (5/26/1971 - 6/24/1972)

First Preview: May 10, 1971
Opening Date: May 26, 1971
Closing Date: Jun 24, 1972
Total Previews: 16
Total Performances: 453

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: Act I: 1951-1961. Act II: 1962-1966

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization; Brooks Atkinson General Manager: Elizabeth I. McCann

Produced by Jules Fisher, Marvin Worth, Michael Butler and L.B. Co.

Written by Julian Barry; Based on the life and works of Lenny Bruce; Incidental music by Tom O'Horgan

Directed by Tom O'Horgan

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Costume Design by Randy Barcelo; Assistant to Mr. Wagner: Robert Yodice; Assistant to Mr. Fisher: Marc B. Weiss; Assistant to Mr. Barcelo: Frank Marino

General Manager: James Walsh; Executive Producer: Ivor David Balding

Production Manager: Richard Scanga; Production Stage Manager: Galen McKinley; Stage Manager: Marker Bloomst

General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.; Production Assistant: Robyn Watson and Richard Pinter; Advertising: Fred Golden and Blaine-Thompson; Assistant to Mr. O'Horgan: Harvey Milk

Opening Night Cast

Cliff GormanLenny Bruce
Joe SilverJudges
Sherman Hart
General
Vampire Priest
Plainclothesman
Mr. Wollenstein
Photographer
Johnny ArmenArty
Igor
Hitler
Southern Gentleman
Photographer
Marker BloomstJuan
Primitive Drummer
Snoopy
Cop
Vaughn De ForestTrumpet
Sailor
Nod Out
Jeannette ErteltMema
Stripper
Lucille
Sister Theophane
R.C. Lady
Matron
Southern Lady
Ernie FurtadoBass
"Life" Reporter
Cop
John GordonTrombone
Nod Out
Jane HouseRusty
Paul LieberErnie
Kiki
Student
Interviewer
Warren MeyersPiano
D.A.
Old Leper
Lenny's Lawyer
Eichman
Ron OdrichReeds
Sailor
Nod Out
Jody OliverPrimitive Daughter
Girl in Wheel Chair
Little Girl at Pool
Melody SantangeloStripper
Singer
Mrs. Hart
Secretary
Girl Without I.D. Card
Bill SmithDrums
Cop
Robert WeilClubowner
Primitive Father
Lenny's Father
Ike
Blah, blah Judge
D.A.
Photographer
James WigfallCop
Witch Doctor
Chinese Waiter
Sophie Tucker
Bishop
Erica YohnSally
Primitive Daughter
Gypsy Woman
Phone Operator

Understudies: Johnny Armen (Lenny Bruce), Jeannette Ertelt (Girl Without I.D. Card, Gypsy Woman, Mrs. Hart, Phone Operator, Primitve Mother, Sally, Secretary, Singer, Stripper), Paul Lieber (Arty, Hitler, Igor, Photographer, Southern Gentleman), Warren Meyers (Bishop, Blah, blah Judge, Chinese Waiter, Clubowner, Cop, D.A., Ike, Lenny's Father, Photographer, Primitive Father, Sophie Tucker, Witch Doctor), Melody Santangelo (Lucille, Matron, Mema, R.C. Lady, Rusty, Sister Theophane, Southern Lady, Stripper) and Robert Weil (General, Judges, Mr. Wollenstein, Photographer, Plainclothesman, Sherman Hart, Vampire Priest)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1972 Best Actor in Play [winner] 

Cliff Gorman

 1972 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Joe Silver

Drama Desk Award

winner 1971 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

Robin Wagner

winner 1971 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Cliff Gorman

winner 1971 Outstanding Director [winner] 

Tom O'Horgan

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(5/26/1971 - 6/24/1972)
Production Stage Manager: James Bernardi; First Assistant Stage Manager: Frank Marino(Apr 14, 1972 - Jun 24, 1972); Assistant Stage Mgr: Victor Lipari; Production Stage Manager: Nicholas Russiyan.

Cast

Sandy Baron
Lenny Bruce
Don Calfa
Photographer
Marilyn Chris
Lenny's Mother Sadie Kitchenberg alias Sally Marr
Jeannette Ertelt
Aunt Mema
Catholic Lady
Nurse
Judith Evans
Girl in Wheel Chair
Paula Kauffman
Girl in Wheel Chair
Bob Keller
Clarinet
Flute
Nod Out
Saxophone
Paul Lieber
Arty
Hitler
Igor
Photographer
Radio Announcer
Southern Gentleman
Victor Lipari
Cop
Juan
Primitive Drummer
Mary Mendum
Girl Without I.D. Card
Mrs. Hart
Secretary
Singer
Stripper
Penelope Milford
Girl in Wheel Chair
Robert Molock
Bishop
Chinese Waiter
Cop
Witch Doctor
Ted Schwartz
Ernie
Interviewer
Adam Smith
Cop
Drums
Frank Spieser
Ernie
Interviewer
Erica Yohn
Lenny's Mother Sadie Kitchenberg alias Sally Marr

Understudies: Marker Bloomst (Cop, Juan, Primitive Drummer), Ernie Furtado (Bishop, Blah, blah Judge, Chinese Waiter, Clubowner, Cop, D.A., Eichman, General, Ike, Judges, Lenny's Father, Lenny's Lawyer, Mr. Wollenstein, Photographer, Piano, Plainclothesman, Sherman Hart, Vampire Priest, Witch Doctor), John Gordon (Clarinet, Flute, Nod Out, Saxophone, Trumpet), Paula Kauffman (Girl Without I.D. Card, Lucille, Matron, Mema, Mrs. Hart, R.C. Lady, Secretary, Singer, Southern Lady, Stripper), Victor Lipari ("Life" Reporter, Arty, Bass, Cop, Ernie, Hitler, Igor, Interviewer, Nod Out, Photographer, Southern Gentleman, Trombone), Frank Marino (Cop, Juan, Primitive Drummer), Mary Mendum (Girl in Wheel Chair, Rusty), Penelope Milford (Girl Without I.D. Card, Lucille, Matron, Mema, Mrs. Hart, R.C. Lady, Secretary, Singer, Sister Theophane, Southern Lady, Stripper), Robert Molock (Blah, blah Judge, Clubowner, D.A., Ike, Lenny's Father, Photographer, Primitive Father), Ted Schwartz (Lenny Bruce), Frank Spieser (Lenny Bruce), James Wigfall (Blah, blah Judge, Clubowner, D.A., Ike, Lenny's Father, Photographer).


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