Broadhurst Theatre, (6/22/1976 - 9/13/1976)
Plymouth Theatre, (9/15/1976 - 1/09/1977)
Ambassador Theatre, (1/12/1977 - 9/04/1977)

First Preview: Jun 17, 1976
Opening Date: Jun 22, 1976
Closing Date: Sep 04, 1977
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 527

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan, Joseph Beruh and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President); Associate Producer: Charles Haid

Originally produced at Café LaMama; Opened May 17, 1971 at the Cherry Lane Theatre

Music by Stephen Schwartz; New lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Based Upon The Gospel According to St. Matthew; Musical Director: Steve Reinhardt; Lyrics to "By My Side" by Jay Hamburger; Music to "By My Side" by Peggy Gordon

Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak; Directed by John-Michael Tebelak; Production Supervised by Nina Faso

Lighting Design by Spencer Mosse; Costume Design by Susan Tsu; Sound Design by Robert Minor

General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: Gail Bell; Executive Supervision: Al J. Isaac and Gary Gunas

Stage Manager: Michael J. Frank

Keyboards: Paul Shaffer; Guitar: Mark Zeray; Bass: Chris Warwin; Percussion: Michael Redding; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell; Music published by New York Times Publishing Co. and New Cadenza Music Corp.; Conducted by Paul Shaffer

General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company; Production Coordinator: Ron Bunker and Bob Skerry; Photographer: Sy Friedman

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Opening Night Cast

Lamar AlfordPerformer
Laurie FasoPerformer
Lois ForakerPerformer
Robin LamontPerformer
Elizabeth LathramPerformer
Bobby LeePerformer
Tom RolfingPerformer
Don ScardinoPerformer
Marley SimsPerformer
Valerie WilliamsPerformer

Understudies: Kerin Blair (Performer), Bob Garrett (Performer), Michael Hoit (Performer) and Kitty Rea (Performer)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1977 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Stephen Schwartz; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Drama Desk Award

winner 1971 Most Promising Composer [winner] 

Music by Stephen Schwartz

winner 1971 Most Promising Lyricist [winner] 

Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

winner 1971 Most Promising Costume Design [winner] 

Susan Tsu

winner 1971 Most Promising Director [winner] 

John-Michael Tebelak


music by Stephen Schwartz; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
(Unless otherwise noted)

Tower of Babble
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
Save the People
Day by Day
Learn Your Lessons Well
Bless the Lord
All For the Best
Light of the World
Learn Your Lessons Well (Reprise)
Turn Back, O Man
Alas for You
By My Side
(music by Peggy Gordon; lyrics by Jay Hamburger )
We Beseech Thee
On the Willows

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Broadhurst Theatre

(6/22/1976 - 9/13/1976)


Tony Hoty
Sonia Manzano
Patti Mariano
Marilyn Pasekoff
Jeremy Sage
John-Ann Washington

Plymouth Theatre

(9/15/1976 - 1/9/1977)

Ambassador Theatre

(1/12/1977 - 9/4/1977)


Patti Mariano

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