This production played in repertory with The Visit, Holiday


Ethel Barrymore Theatre, (11/26/1973 - 2/16/1974)

Opening Date: Nov 26, 1973
Closing Date: Feb 16, 1974
Total Previews: 7
Total Performances: 42

Category: Play, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Francine's drawing room, afternoon. Bedroom at 21 Rue du Colisee, late that night. Fedot's apartment, early next morning. Francine's drawing room, a year later.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Executive Directors: Irving Goldman, Bernard B. Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld)

Produced by New Phoenix Repertory Co. (T. Edward Hambleton, Michael Montel: managing directors; Harold Prince, Stephen Porter: artistic directors)

"Chmin De Fer" was originally presented in the United States by Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director)

Written by Georges Feydeau; Book adapted by Suzanne Grossman and Paxton Whitehead; Incidental music by Bernardo Segall

Directed by Stephen Porter

Scenic Design by Edward Burbridge; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Assistant to Mr. Burbridge: John Dapper; Assistant to Miss Potts: Patricia Schwartz; Assistant to Mr. Billington: Judith Binus; Wig Design by Paul Huntley Productions, Inc.

General Manager: Marilyn S. Miller; Assistant Gen. Mgr: John Wessel

Production Stage Manager: Murray Gitlin; Stage Manager: Louis Pulvino; Assistant Stage Mgr: Val Mayer

Press Representative: Mary Bryant and Shirley Herz; Assistant Press Representative: Bill Evans; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson; Photographer: Van Williams

Opening Night Cast

John McMartinFedot
Rachel RobertsFrancine
Ralph DrischellPolice Secretary
David DukesCoustouillu
George EdeHubertin
Peter FriedmanAuguste
a valet
Bonnie GallupCecille
a maid
John GloverPlanteloup
a police commissioner
Merwin GoldsmithLapige
Nicholas HormannMover / Deliveryman
Curt KaribalisBelgence
Valentine MayerMover / Deliveryman
Bill MoorGermal
a police commissioner
Charlotte MooreSophie
George PentecostEtienne
a butler
Thomas A. StewartMover / Deliveryman
Ellen TovattMadeleine
a cook
Richard VentureChanal

Understudies: Ralph Drischell (Etienne), Peter Friedman (Coustouillu), Merwin Goldsmith (Hubertin), Nicholas Hormann (Lapige, Planteloup), Curt Karibalis (Fedot), Valentine Mayer (Germal), Bill Moor (Chanal), Robin Pearson Rose (Cecille, Madeleine, Sophie), Thomas A. Stewart (Auguste, Belgence) and Ellen Tovatt (Francine)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1974 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Rachel Roberts

 1974 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Charlotte Moore

 1974 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Stephen Porter

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