Uris Theatre, (11/13/1973 - 2/10/1974)

First Preview: Nov 07, 1973
Opening Date: Nov 13, 1973
Closing Date: Feb 10, 1974
Total Previews: 7
Total Performances: 103

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Paris (mostly) at the turn of the century.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by James M. Nederlander, Joseph Nederlander and Gerard Oestreicher

Produced by Saint Subber and Edwin Lester

Originally produced by Los Angeles & San Francisco Civic Light Opera

Music by Frederick Loewe; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Based on the novel by Colette; Musical Director: Ross Reimueller; Music orchestrated by Irwin Kostal; Dance arrangements by Trude Rittman

Directed by Joseph Hardy; Choreographed by Onna White

Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Oliver Messel; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Hair Design by Vivienne Walker

General Manager: C. Edwin Knill; Company Manager: James Turner

Production Manager: Bill Holland; Production Stage Manager: M. William Lettich; Operations Manager: Edward Preston

Musical Associate: Harper MacKay; Orchestra Personnel Manager: Samuel Levitan; Music Copyist: Thomas P. Brown

Associate Dance Director: Martin Allen; Press Representative: Martin Shwartz and Ben Washer; Dance Captain: Sandahl Bergman; Production Coordinator: Herb Adams; Advertising: Matthew Serino, Blaine-Thompson and Ingram Ash; Master Soundman: Thomas Fitzgerald; Photographer: Otto Rothschild

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Opening Night Cast

Alfred DrakeHonoré Lachaille
Maria KarnilovaInez Alvarez
Daniel MasseyGaston Lachailles
Agnes MooreheadAunt Alicia
Karin WolfeGigi
Sandahl BergmanLiane d'Exelmans
John DorrinMaitre Duclos
Truman GaigeManuel
Joe RossA French Head Waiter
A French Receptionist
A French Telephone Installer
A French Maitre d'Hotel
Richard WoodsMaitre Du Fresne
Thomas AnthonyLiane's Dance Partner
Alvin BeamEnsemble
Russ BeasleyEnsemble
Andy BewAn Artist
Robyn BlairEnsemble
Leonard John CrofootWaiter
Law Clerk
Judy CummingsEnsemble
Gordon De VolCharles
Mamita's butler
Randy Di GrazioSandomir
Gregory B. DrotarDancing Teacher
Margit HautEnsemble
Andy KeyserEnsemble
Clyde LaurentsEnsemble
Diane LauridsenEnsemble
Merilee MagnusonEnsemble
Kelley MaxwellEnsemble
Jean McLaughlinEnsemble
Vickie PatikEnsemble
Susan PlanttEnsemble
Joel PressmanA Count
Thomas StantonWaiter
Law Clerk
Marie TillmansEnsemble
Sallie TrueEnsemble

Standby: Patricia Arnell (Gigi), Larry Keith (Honoré Lachaille) and Louise Kirtland (Aunt Alicia, Inez Alvarez)

Understudies: Bjarne Buchtrup (Swing Dancer), Gordon De Vol (Gaston Lachailles), John Dorrin (Maitre Du Fresne, Manuel), Joel Pressman (A French Head Waiter, A French Maitre d'Hotel, A French Receptionist, A French Telephone Installer) and Marie Tillmans (Liane d'Exelmans)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1974 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Frederick Loewe; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

 1974 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Alfred Drake

 1974 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Oliver Smith

 1974 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Oliver Messel


music by Frederick Loewe; lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

ACT 1 Sung By
Thank Heaven for Little GirlsHonoré Lachaille
It's a BoreHonoré Lachaille and Gaston Lachailles
The Earth and Other Minor ThingsGigi
Paris Is Paris Again Honoré Lachaille and Ensemble
She's Not Thinking of MeGaston Lachailles
It's a Bore (Reprise) Honoré Lachaille, Gaston Lachailles, Manuel and Aunt Alicia
The Night They Invented ChampagneGigi, Gaston Lachailles and Mamita
I Remember It WellHonoré Lachaille and Mamita
I Never Want to Go Home Again Gigi and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
GigiGaston Lachailles
The ContractAunt Alicia, Mamita, Maitre Duclos and Maitre Du Fresne
I'm Glad I'm Not Young AnymoreHonoré Lachaille
In This Wide,Wide WorldGigi
Thank Heaven for Little Girls (Reprise) Honoré Lachaille

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Uris Theatre

(11/13/1973 - 2/10/1974)


Janis Eckhart
Arlene Francis
Aunt Alicia (Jan 24, 1974 - Feb 10, 1974)
George Gaynes
Maitre Du Fresne
Louise Kirtland
Aunt Alicia
Patrick Spohn
An Artist
Cherie Suzanne

Standbys: Hallie Scott (Gigi).

Understudies: George Gaynes (Honoré Lachaille).

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