Broadhurst Theatre, (12/14/1976 - 2/19/1978)

First Preview: Dec 07, 1976
Opening Date: Dec 14, 1976
Closing Date: Feb 19, 1978
Total Previews: 10
Total Performances: 495

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A play in two acts
Setting: San Francisco. One day in the late 1800s.

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Produced by Sir Lew Grade, Martin Starger and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Written by Larry Gelbart; Based on "Volpone" by Ben Jonson

Directed by Arthur Penn

Production Design by George Jenkins; Lighting Design by George Jenkins; Costume Design by Albert Wolsky; Make-Up Design by Vincent Callaghan; Assistant Costume Design: Bill Kellard

General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk; Company Manager: Manny Kladitis

Production Stage Manager: Henry Velez; Stage Manager: Steven Shaw; Assistant Stage Mgr: Joel Simon; Technical Advisor: Mitch Miller

General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Agency, Mike Mones and Cathy Perry; Casting Consultant: Shirley Rich

Opening Night Cast

George C. ScottFoxwell J. Sly
The Judge
Bob DishyAbner Truckle
Hector ElizondoSimon Able
James GalleryThe Chief of Police
Jack GilfordJethro Crouch
John HeffernanLawyer Craven
John RamseyCaptain Crouch
Trish Van DeVereMrs. Truckle
Gretchen WylerMiss Fancy
Howland ChamberlinCourt Clerk
Calvin JungSly's Servant
Guy KingCrouch's Servant
Sandra SeacatSly's Servant
Joel Simon
Broadway debut
3rd Policeman
Willy Switkes2nd Policeman
Jeffrey Tambor
Broadway debut
Sly's Servant
Robb Webb1st Policeman

Understudies: Howland Chamberlin (Jethro Crouch), John Ramsey (Foxwell J. Sly, The Judge), Sandra Seacat (Miss Fancy, Mrs. Truckle), Joel Simon (1st Policeman, 2nd Policeman , Court Clerk), Willy Switkes (Abner Truckle, The Chief of Police), Jeffrey Tambor (Lawyer Craven, Simon Able) and Robb Webb (Captain Crouch)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1977 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Bob Dishy

Drama Desk Award

winner 1977 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

Bob Dishy

 1977 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Hector Elizondo

 1977 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Gretchen Wyler

 1977 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Albert Wolsky

 1977 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Production Design by George Jenkins

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Broadhurst Theatre

(12/14/1976 - 2/19/1978)


Beth Austin
Broadway debut
Mrs. Truckle
Raleigh Bond
The Chief of Police
Howland Chamberlin
Crouch's Servant
Darryl Croxton
Sly's Servant
James Gallery
Abner Truckle
Vincent Gardenia
The Judge
Foxwell J. Sly (Jan 2, 1978 - ?)
Charles Maggiore
1st Policeman
Brooks Morton
1st Policeman
Robert Preston
The Judge
Foxwell J. Sly (May 10, 1977 - ?)
Theodore Sorel
Captain Crouch
George Spelvin
The Judge
Jeffrey Tambor
Simon Able

Understudies: Darryl Croxton (Simon Able), Charles Maggiore (Captain Crouch, Lawyer Craven), Brooks Morton (Captain Crouch, Lawyer Craven), Joel Simon (Sly's Servant).

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