Circle in the Square Theatre, (6/27/1976 - 8/29/1976)

First Preview: May 29, 1976
Opening Date: Jun 27, 1976
Closing Date: Aug 29, 1976
Total Previews: 33
Total Performances: 73

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Description: A Musical Comedy in Two Acts
Setting: Chicago, in the late 1930s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Circle in the Square (under the direction of Theodore Mann and Paul Libin)

Produced by Circle in the Square (Theodore Mann: Artistic Director; Paul Libin: Managing Director)

Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; Book by John O'Hara; Music orchestrated by Michael Gibson; Musical Director: Scott Oakley

Directed by Theodore Mann; Choreographed by Margo Sappington; Additional Dance Arrangements by Scott Oakley

Scenic Design by John J. Moore; Costume Design by Arthur Boccia; Lighting Design by Ron Wallace; Hair Design by Roberto Fernandez

Company Manager: William Conn

Production Stage Manager: Randall Brooks; Stage Manager: James Bernardi

Assistant Conductor: Scott Oakley; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell

Circle in the Square General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Circle in the Square Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Dance Captain: Denny Martin Flinn; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson; Assistant to the Managing Director: Alan Wasser; Assistant to the Artistic Director: Pat McCorkle; Photographer: Inge Morath

Opening Night Cast

Dixie CarterMelba Snyder
Christopher Chadman
Replaced Edward Villella in previews
Joey Evans
(Jun 08, 1976 - Aug 29, 1976)
Joan Copeland
Replaced Eleanor Parker in previews
Vera Simpson
(Jun 09, 1976 - Aug 29, 1976)
Janie SellGladys Bumps
Joe SirolaLudlow Lowell
Gail BenedictGail
Austin ColyerErnest
Murphy CrossMurphy
Boni EntenLinda English
Ralph FarnworthCommissioner O'Brien
Denny Martin FlinnWaldo the Waiter
Harold GaryMike Spears
Deborah GeffnerDebbie
Marilu HennerMarilu
David HodoGent
Michael LeedsVictor
Rosamond LynnRosamond
Adam PetroskiLouis
The Tenor
Kenn ScaliceDelivery Boy
Terri TreasThe Kid

Swings: Lisa Brown and Richard Dodd

Understudies: Gail Benedict (Linda English), Austin Colyer (Commissioner O'Brien, Louis), Ralph Farnworth (Ludlow Lowell, Mike Spears), Marilu Henner (Gladys Bumps) and Rosamond Lynn (Melba Snyder)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Joan Copeland


ACT 1 Sung By
You Mustn't Kick It Around
(music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart )
Joey Evans, Gladys Bumps, Boys and Girls
I Could Write A BookJoey Evans and Linda English
That Terrific RainbowGladys Bumps, Victor, Boys and Girls
What Is A Man?Vera Simpson
Happy Hunting HornJoey Evans, Kid, Victor, Dancers, Boys and Girls
Bewitched, Bothered, BewilderedVera Simpson
Pal JoeyJoey Evans
ACT 2 Sung By
The Flower Garden of My HeartThe Tenor, Gladys Bumps, Dancer, Boys and Girls
ZipMelba Snyder
Plant You Now, Dig You LaterGladys Bumps, Dancer, Boys and Girls
In Our Little Den (of Iniquity)Vera Simpson and Joey Evans
A Dance RehearsalBoys and Girls
Do It The Hard WayJoey Evans
Take HimLinda English and Vera Simpson

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Circle in the Square Theatre

(6/27/1976 - 8/29/1976)
Musical Director: Gene Palumbo.


Eleanor Parker
Vera Simpson Was replaced in previews
(May 29, 1976 - Jun 8, 1976)
Edward Villella
Joey Evans Was replaced in previews
(May 29, 1976 - Jun 7, 1976)

Standbys: Christopher Chadman (Joey Evans), Joan Copeland (Vera Simpson).

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