Alvin Theatre, (1/07/1975 - 3/27/1977)
Mark Hellinger Theatre, (3/30/1977 - 8/07/1977)

First Preview: Dec 23, 1974
Opening Date: Jan 07, 1975
Closing Date: Aug 07, 1977
Total Previews: 9
Total Performances: 1050

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. The Civil War.

Opening Night Production Staff

Alvin Theatre under the management of Konrad Matthaei

Produced by Philip Rose, Gloria Sher and Louis K. Sher

Orginally presented by The Goodspeed Opera House (Michael P. Price, Executive Producer)

Music by Gary Geld; Lyrics by Peter Udell; Book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose; Based on an original screenplay by James Lee Barrett; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Musical Director: Lynn Crigler; Dance arrangements by Russell Warner

Directed by Philip Rose; Choreographed by Robert Tucker

Scenic Design by C. Murawski; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Costume Design by Pearl Somner and Winn Morton; Hair Design by Werner Sherer

General Manager: Helen Richards

Production Stage Manager: Steve Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi

Conducted by Lynn Crigler; Associate Conductor: Richard Hayman

General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Leo Stern; Casting: Lynda Watson; Advertising: Matthew Serino and Blaine-Thompson

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Opening Night Cast

John CullumCharlie Anderson
Ted AgressJacob
Chip FordGabriel
Gordan HallidaySam
Joel HigginsJames
Penelope MilfordJenny
Joseph ShapiroRobert
The Boy
Donna TheodoreAnne
Tedd CarrereEnsemble
Stephen DubovEnsemble
Gary HargerCorporal
Brian JamesEnsemble
Robert JohansonEnsemble
Sherry LambertEnsemble
Craig LucasConfederate Sniper
Gene MasonerMarauder
Paul MyrvoldEnsemble
Dan OrmondEnsemble
Edward PennSergeant Johnson
Ed PrebleEngineer
Casper RoosCarol
Robert RosenHenry
David RussellJohn
J. Kevin ScannellEnsemble
Jack StarkeyEnsemble
E. Allen StevensEnsemble
Jordan SuffinNathan
Marshall ThomasLieutenant
Charles WelchReverend Byrd

Swings: Matt Gavin

Understudies: Betsy Beard (Jenny), Tedd Carrere (Lieutenant), Brent Carter (Gabriel), Kay Coleman (Anne), Matt Gavin (John, Nathan), Robert Johanson (Corporal, Henry, John), Craig Lucas (Henry, Nathan), Gene Masoner (Jacob), Paul Myrvold (James), Edward Penn (Charlie Anderson), Ed Preble (Reverend Byrd, Tinkham), Jeffrey Rea (Robert), Casper Roos (Sergeant Johnson), Robert Rosen (Sam), J. Kevin Scannell (Carol), E. Allen Stevens (Engineer, Marauder) and Marshall Thomas (James)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1975 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Philip Rose, Gloria Sher and Louis K. Sher

winner 1975 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose

 1975 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Gary Geld; Lyrics by Peter Udell

winner 1975 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

John Cullum

 1975 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Donna Theodore

 1975 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Robert Tucker

Drama Desk Award

winner 1975 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

John Cullum

winner 1975 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Donna Theodore

 1975 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Penelope Milford

Theatre World

winner 1975 Award [recipient] 

Joel Higgins

winner 1975 Award [recipient] 

Donna Theodore


music by Gary Geld; lyrics by Peter Udell

ACT 1 Sung By
Raise the Flag of DixieConfederate and Union Soldiers
I've Heard It All BeforeCharlie Anderson
Why Am I Me?Boy
Pass the Cross to MeThe Congregation
Why Am I Me?Gabriel
Next to Lovin (I Like Fightin')Jacob, James, Nathan, John and Henry
Over the HIllJenny
The Pickers Are ComingCharlie Anderson
Next to Lovin (I Like Fightin') (Reprise) Jacob, James, Nathan, John and Jenny
MeditationCharlie Anderson
We Make a Beautiful PairAnne and Jenny
Violets and SilverbellsJenny, Sam and The Family
It's a BoyCharlie Anderson
ACT 2 Sung By
FreedomAnne and Gabriel
Violets and Silverbells (Reprise) James and Anne
Papa's Gonna Make It AlrightCharlie Anderson
The Only Home I KnowCorporal and Soldiers
Papa's Gonna Make It Alright (Reprise) Jenny
Meditation (Reprise) Charlie Anderson
Pass the Cross to Me (Reprise) The Congregation

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Alvin Theatre

(1/7/1975 - 3/27/1977)


Roger Berdahl
Jacob (Jul 29, 1976 - ?)
Suzy Brabeau
Philip Carling
Reverend Byrd
Brent Carter
Gabriel (Oct 20, 1975 - ?)
William Chapman
Charlie Anderson (Nov 2, 1976 - ?)
Dennis Cooley
Confederate Sniper
Donny Cooper
Gabriel (Jun 29, 1976 - ?)
Leslie Denniston
Richard Flanders
Kathleen Gordon
Steve Grober
The Boy
(Aug 16, 1976 - ?)
Tony Holmes
Gabriel (Oct 5, 1976 - ?)
Joe Howard
Wayne Hudgins
James (Feb 17, 1976 - ?)
Robert Johanson
Confederate Sniper
Craig Lucas
Nathan (Sep 26, 1976 - ?)
Barbara Marineau
Paul Myrvold
James (Feb 4, 1977 - ?)
Mark Perman
The Boy
(Apr 26, 1976 - ?)
Maureen Silliman
Jenny (Sep 8, 1975 - ?)
E. Allen Stevens
David Vann
Gabriel (Mar 29, 1976 - ?)
Timothy Wallace
Martin Walsh
Mark Zimmerman

Understudy: Christopher Blount (Gabriel), Suzy Brabeau (Jenny), James Bryan (Engineer), Richard Flanders (Sam), Gibby Gibson (Robert), Kathleen Gordon (Anne), Robert Johanson (Nathan), Gene Masoner (Lieutenant), Casper Roos (Charlie Anderson, Reverend Byrd), E. Allen Stevens (Tinkham), Marshall Thomas (Sergeant Johnson), Mark Zimmerman (James).

Mark Hellinger Theatre

(3/30/1977 - 8/7/1977)


Emily Bindiger
Jenny (May 31, 1977 - ?)
Kevin Wilson
Nathan (May 31, 1977 - ?)

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