St. James Theatre, (12/01/1971 - 5/20/1973)

First Preview: Nov 13, 1971
Opening Date: Dec 01, 1971
Closing Date: May 20, 1973
Total Previews: 20
Total Performances: 614

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Verona, Milan and the Forest

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Samuel H. Schwartz)

Produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp, Producer); Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten

Book adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro; Music by Galt MacDermot; Lyrics by John Guare; Based on the play by William Shakespeare

Directed by Mel Shapiro; Choreographed by Jean Erdman; Additional Musical Staging by Dennis Nahat

Scenic Design by Ming Cho Lee; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Lawrence Metzler; Sound Design by Jack Shearing; Hair Design by Nino Raffaello

General Manager: Eugene Wolsk and Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Michael Brandman

Production Stage Manager: R. Derek Swire; Stage Manager: D. W. Koehler; NYSF Production Manager: Andrew Mihok

Musical Supervisor: Harold Wheeler; Music published by Chappell & Co. Inc.; String Group Conductor: Tom Pierson; Orchestra Manager: Herb Harris; First Violin: Fima Fidelman; Second Violin: Skippy Schipani; Viola: Jean Dupouy; Cello: Avron Coleman; Mandolin, Classic Guitar, and Bass Violin: Scott Kuney; Guitar: Billy Nichols; Guitar, Mandolin and Bass: Everett Barksdale; Bass: Gordon Edwards; Drums: Bernard Purdie; Conga: Norman Pride and David Earl Johnson; Marimba: Gordon Gottlieb; Trumpet: Gerry Thomas, Ray Copeland and Thaddeus Jones; Trombone: William Campbell and Richard Harris; Saxophone: David Tofani

Casting Director: Vincent Gugleotti Jr.; Press Representative: Merle Debuskey and Faith Geer; NYSF Associate Press Representative: Robert Ullman; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson; Photographer: George E. Joseph; Dance Captain: Edward Henkel; Chorus Captain: Kenneth Lowry

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Opening Night Cast

Jonelle AllenSilvia
(Nov 13, 1971 - Nov 26, 1972)
Diana DavilaJulia
Clifton DavisValentine
(Nov 13, 1971 - Nov 26, 1972)
Raul JuliaProteus
(Nov 13, 1971 - Oct 22, 1972)
John BottomsLaunce
Alix EliasLucetta
Alvin LumEglamour
Norman MatlockDuke of Milan
(Nov 13, 1971 - Apr 02, 1972)
Frank O'BrienThurio
Vissi D'Amore
Jose PerezSpeed
Frederic WarrinerAntonio
Tavern Host
Loretta AbbottCitizen of Verona and Milan
Christopher AldenCitizen of Verona and Milan
Roger BriantCitizen of Verona and Milan
Douglas BrickhouseCitizen of Verona and Milan
Stockard Channing
Broadway debut
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Paul DeJohnCitizen of Verona and Milan
Richard De RussoCitizen of Verona and Milan
Nancy DenningCitizen of Verona and Milan
Arthur EricksonCitizen of Verona and Milan
Georgyn GeetleinVissi D'Amore
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Sheila GibbsMilkmaid
Member of Quartet
Black Passion
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Jeff GoldblumCitizen of Verona and Milan
Edward HenkelCitizen of Verona and Milan
Albert InsinniaCitizen of Verona and Milan
Jane JaffeCitizen of Verona and Milan
Signa JoyMember of Quartet
Black Passion
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Kenneth LowryMember of Quartet
Black Passion
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Sakinah MahammudMember of Quartet
Black Passion
Citizen of Verona and Milan
PhineasCrab
Otis SallidCitizen of Verona and Milan
Madeleine SwiftCitizen of Verona and Milan

Understudies: Stockard Channing (Lucetta), Jeff Goldblum (Eglamour), Don Jay (Duke of Milan) and Signa Joy (Silvia)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1972 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp, Producer)

winner 1972 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro

 1972 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Galt MacDermot; Lyrics by John Guare

 1972 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Clifton Davis

 1972 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Raul Julia

 1972 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Jonelle Allen

 1972 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

 1972 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Jean Erdman

 1972 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Mel Shapiro

Drama Desk Award

winner 1972 Outstanding Book [winner] 

Book adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro

winner 1972 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Jean Erdman

winner 1972 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by John Guare

winner 1972 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Galt MacDermot

winner 1972 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

winner 1972 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Raul Julia and Jonelle Allen

winner 1972 Outstanding Director [winner] 

Mel Shapiro

Theatre World

winner 1972 Award [recipient] 

Jonelle Allen

Songs

music by Galt MacDermot; lyrics by John Guare

ACT 1 Sung By
Summer, SummerEnsemble
I Love My FatherEnsemble
That's a Very Interesting QuestionProteus and Valentine
I'd Like to Be a RoseProteus and Valentine
Thou, Julia, Thou Hast Metamorphosed MeProteus
SymphonyProteus and Ensemble
I Am Not Interested in LoveJulia
Love, Is That You?Vissi D'Amore
Thou, Proteus, Thou Hast Metamorphosed MeJulia
What Does a Lover Pack?Julia, Proteus and Ensemble
PearlsLaunce
I Love My Father (Reprise) Proteus
Two Gentlemen of VeronaJulia, Lucetta and Ensemble
Follow the RainbowValentine, Speed, Proteus, Launce, Julia and Lucetta
Where's North?Valentine, Speed, Duke of Milan, Silvia, Ensemble and Thurio
Bring All the Boys Back HomeDuke of Milan, Thurio and Ensemble
Love's RevengeValentine
To Whom It May Concern MeSilvia and Valentine
Night LetterSilvia and Valentine
Love's Revenge (Reprise) Valentine, Proteus, Speed and Launce
Calla Lily LadyProteus
ACT 2 Sung By
Land of BetrayalLucetta
Thurio's SambaThurio, Duke of Milan and Ensemble
Hot LoverLaunce and Speed
What a Nice IdeaJulia
Who is SylviaProteus, Tavern Host and Ensemble
Love Me Silvia and Ensemble
EglamourEglamour and Silvia
KidnappedJulia, Duke of Milan, Proteus, Thurio and Ensemble
MansionValentine
Eglamour (Reprise) Silvia and Eglamour
What's a Nice Girl Like HerProteus
Dragon FightDragon, Eglamour, Proteus and Valentine
Don't Have the BabyJulia, Lucetta, Speed and Launce
Love, Is That You? (Reprise) Thurio and Lucetta
MilkmaidLaunce and Milkmaid
I Love My Father (Reprise) Full Company
Love Has Driven Me SaneFull Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


St. James Theatre

(12/1/1971 - 5/20/1973)
Conducted by LeRoy Glover; Associate Conductor: Kirk Nurock.

Cast

Carlos Cestero
Proteus (Oct 24, 1972 - Nov 26, 1972)
Stockard Channing
Julia
Christopher Cox
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Stanton Edghill
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Robbee Fian
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Sheila Gibbs
Lucetta
Larry Giroux
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Gregory V. Karliss
Citizen of Verona and Milan
La Lupe
Julia Was replaced in previews
Wendy Mansfield
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Larry Marshall
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Valentine (Apr 10, 1973 - May 20, 1973)
Norman Matlock
Duke of Milan
Taro Meyer
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Joe Morton
Valentine (Mar 20, 1973 - Apr 8, 1973)
Craig Richard Nelson
Citizen of Verona and Milan
M.J. Quinn
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Buena Rivera
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Chris Sarandon
Proteus (Nov 28, 1972 - May 20, 1973)
David Thomas
Chesley Uxbridge
Thurio
Arnetia Walker
Member of Quartet
Black Passion
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Elwoodson Williamson
Duke of Milan (Apr 4, 1972 - ?)
Victor Willis
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Member of Quartet
Black Passion
Hattie Winston
Silvia (Nov 28, 1972 - ?)
Morton Winston
Citizen of Verona and Milan
Samuel E. Wright
Valentine (Nov 28, 1972 - Mar 18, 1973)




Standbys: Hattie Winston (Silvia).

Understudies: Charles Abbott (Thurio), Stockard Channing (Julia), Rafael de Guzman (Proteus, Speed), Sheila Gibbs (Lucetta), Dorian Harewood (Valentine), Don Jay (Speed), Phil Leeds (Antonio, Launce, Tavern Host), Carol Jean Lewis (Lucetta), John McCurry (Duke of Milan), Taro Meyer (Julia, Lucetta), Joe Morton (Valentine).


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