Dancin'


A New Musical Entertainment


Broadhurst Theatre, (3/27/1978 - 11/29/1980)
Ambassador Theatre, (11/30/1980 - 6/27/1982)

First Preview: Mar 16, 1978
Opening Date: Mar 27, 1978
Closing Date: Jun 27, 1982
Total Previews: 13
Total Performances: 1774

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

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

Produced by Jules Fisher, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President) and Columbia Pictures; Associate Producer: Patty Grubman

Featuring songs by Neil Diamond ("Prologue (Hot August Night)", "Crunchy Granola Suite"), Jerry Jeff Walker ("Mr. Bojangles"), Johann Sebastian Bach (a transcription from "Sonata for Violin Solo No. 4"), Edgard Varèse ("Ionisation"), Harry Warren ("I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man"), Bob Haggart ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Ray Bauduc ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Gil Rodin ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Bob Crosby ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Melissa Manchester ("If It Feels Good, Let It Ride", "Easy"), Jerry Leiber ("I've Got Them Feelin' Too Good Today Blues"), Cat Stevens ("Was Dog a Doughnut"), Louis Prima ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), Barry Mann ("Here You Come Again"), Cynthia Weil ("Here You Come Again"), George M. Cohan ("Yankee Doodle Dandy"), Sigmund Romberg ("Stout Hearted Men"), Felix Powell ("Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile"), John Philip Sousa ("The Stars and Stripes Forever") and Ralph Burns ("Dancin'"); Featuring songs with lyrics by Neil Diamond ("Prologue (Hot August Night)", "Crunchy Granola Suite"), Jerry Jeff Walker ("Mr. Bojangles"), Johnny Mercer ("I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man"), Bob Haggart ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Ray Bauduc ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Gil Rodin ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Bob Crosby ("Big Noise From Winnetka"), Carole Bayer Sager ("If It Feels Good, Let It Ride", "Easy"), Mike Stoller ("I've Got Them Feelin' Too Good Today Blues"), Cat Stevens ("Was Dog a Doughnut"), Barry Mann ("Here You Come Again"), Cynthia Weil ("Here You Come Again"), George M. Cohan ("Yankee Doodle Dandy"), Oscar Hammerstein II ("Stout Hearted Men") and George Asaf ("Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile"); Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns; Music arranged by Gordon Lowry Harrell

Directed by Bob Fosse; Choreographed by Bob Fosse; Additional Choreography by Christopher Chadman

Scenic Design by Peter Larkin; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Hair Design by Romaine Green

General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss; Company Manager: G. Warren McClane; Management Associate: Gary Gunas; Executive Producer: Jules Fisher

Production Stage Manager: Phil Friedman; Stage Manager: Perry Cline

Trombone: Art Baron; Trumpet: Lew Soloff; Clarinet: William Shadel; Piano: Peter Phillips; Drums: Allen Herman; Bass: David Moore; Music Contractor: John Monaco; Conducted by Gordon Lowry Harrell; Orchestra Manager: John Monaco; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller

General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Photographer: Martha Swope; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne and Don Josephson

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Opening Night Cast

Gail BenedictPerformer
Sandahl BergmanPerformer
Karen G. BurkePerformer
René CeballosPerformer
Christopher ChadmanPerformer
Singer
Wayne CilentoPerformer
Singer
Christine ColbyDance Alternate
Jill CookPerformer
Gregory B. DrotarPerformer
Vicki FrederickPerformer
Linda HabermanPerformer
Richard KorthazePerformer
Edward LovePerformer
Singer
John MineoPerformer
Singer
Ann ReinkingPerformer
Blane SavagePerformer
Charles WardPerformer
William WhitenerDance Alternate

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1978 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Jules Fisher, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President) and Columbia Pictures

 1978 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Wayne Cilento

 1978 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Ann Reinking

 1978 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Willa Kim

winner 1978 Best Lighting Design [winner] 

Jules Fisher

winner 1978 Best Choreography [winner] 

Bob Fosse

 1978 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Bob Fosse

Drama Desk Award

 1978 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Jules Fisher, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President) and Columbia Pictures

 1978 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Charles Ward

winner 1978 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Bob Fosse

winner 1978 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 

Jules Fisher

Songs



ACT 1
Hot August Night
(music by Neil Diamond; lyrics by Neil Diamond )
Crunchy Granola Suite
(music by Neil Diamond; lyrics by Neil Diamond )
Mr. Bojangles
(music by Jerry Jeff Walker; lyrics by Jerry Jeff Walker )
Chaconne
(music by Johann Sebastian Bach; lyrics by Jerry Jeff Walker )
Ionisation
(music by Edgard Varèse; lyrics by Jerry Jeff Walker )
ACT 2
I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man (from the film THE BELLE OF NEW YORK)
(music by Harry Warren; lyrics by John Mercer )
Big Noise from Winnetka
(music by Bob Haggart, Ray Bauduc, Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby; lyrics by Bob Haggart, Ray Bauduc, Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby )
If It Feels Good, Let It Ride
(music by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester; lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester )
Easy
(music by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester; lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and Melissa Manchester )
I've Got Them Feelin' Too Good Today Blues
(music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller )
Was Dog a Doughnut
(music by Cat Stevens; lyrics by Cat Stevens )
ACT 3
Sing, Sing, Sing
(music by Louis Prima; lyrics by Cat Stevens )
Here You Come Again
(music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; lyrics by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil )
(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy (from LITTLE JOHNNY JONES)
(music by George M. Cohan; lyrics by George M. Cohan )
Gary Owen
Stout Hearted Men (from THE NEW MOON)
(music by Sigmund Romberg; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II )
Under the Double Eagle
Dixie
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Rally Round the Flag
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile
(music by Felix Powell; lyrics by George Asaf )
The Stars and Stripes Forever
(music by John Philip Sousa; lyrics by George Asaf )
Yankee Doodle Disco
Dancin'
(music by Ralph Burns; lyrics by George Asaf )

Reviews


New York Daily News: "'Dancin'' makes you wanna dance"

If you're alive, see "Dancin.'" If you're not, get up and go anyway. Last night's new musical at the Broadhurst will make you feel like spring and make you wish you were born a dancer. At the very least, it'll make you spring to life.

Broadway's peerless dancin' man, Bob Fosse, has given over the entire evening to dancing, with snatches of singing and snippets of talk, (some of his own, recorded). Sixteen of the most vibrant and gifted young dancers to be found - including the shapeliest, sexiest, leggiest girls ever - spin, swirl, slither, tap, tumble and leap through a succession of musical numbers ranging from Bach to Cohan, from Cat Stevens to Edward Varese, and practically into your lap. Certainly into your heart.

Where to begin? The evening is divided into three sections (dancers need breathers, after all), each section made up of four or five production numbers. And since almost every one feels like a high spot, it's hard to pick and choose. The main thing is, the evening never palls; there's too much variety for that.

The stage is bare, four light battens hung low as we take our seats and raised into the flies on orders from the unseen stage manager and the cast sails on and into the opening number, choreographed to a pair of Neil Diamond songs. Then on to "Mr. Bojangles," with Christopher Chadman (the underrated Joey of the last "Pal Joey" revival) playing a shuffling old dancer and Gregory B. Dortar his youthful spirit while Wayne Cilento sings.

And on and on, through a serio-comic dream dance, set to the Chaconne from Bach's Sonata No. 4 for Unaccompanied Violin (the only classically oriented and only weak passage of the evening) and smack into a four-part number dealing entirely with percussive effects and enlisting the entire company.

A delightful "Dancin' Man," set to a Johnny Mercer-Harry Warren song "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man," opens Act II by bringing on the entire company in straw boaters, light suits, white gloves and striped-tie belts to offer a snappy variation on the softshoe. "Big Noise From Winetka," the Bob Crosby swing band staple, brings on dancers Karen G. Burke, Jill Cook and Cilento in some pulsating eccentric dancing.

There follows "Joint Endeavor," a stoned ensemble piece with Ann Reinking singing a pair of Carole Bayer Sager-Melissa Manchester songs while clinging to the iron proscenium ladder. Then a jiving Edward Love slides on to deliver the Lieber-Stoller "I've Got Them Feelin' Too Good Today Blues," followed by "Fourteen Feet," seven dancers swaying rhythmically on feet encased in nailed-down clogs.

"Benny's Number," which opens Act III, is a long and sensationally versatile "Sing, Sing, Sing" that could have cut the ground from under Benny Goodman's celebrated 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Then a "Female Star Spot" rest period with four lovelies on stools singing "Here You Come Again" to a fickle lover man.

And next-to-closing, the flag! Of all things! Seen briefly, but large, in a medley of Yankee-Doodle, Stout-Hearted-Men and Smile, Smile, Smile numbers climaxing with a "Stars and Stripes Forever" with a magnificent solo by the classically-trained and superb Charles Ward and followed by "Yankee Doodle Disco" by the entire company. The finale introduces them one by one with huge color blow-ups of each appearing in back.

I've said next to nothing about Fosse's astonishing versatility as he displays all the enormous vocabulary of seductive and humorous body language he's gathered and invented over the Broadway and Hollywood years.

Or about the beauteous Ann Reinking, who'll take your breath away with her "trumpet solo" in "Sing, Sing, Sing" and again in a first-muted, then dazzling "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." Or about another stunner, Vicki Frederick, who captures you with every turn. Or about all these other lovely people who sparkle before your eyes for two hours.

Peter Larkin's artfully simple stage designs (there's a sort of bandstand - with a clarinetist, of course, for the Goodman number and a knockout drummer playing Krupa on an upper level), Willa Kim's marvelous costumes, Jules Fisher's brilliant lighting and Ralph Burns' excellent orchestrations all enhance the total effect. Though the elaborate sound-control system for the large pit orchestra (operated from a console at the rear of the auditorium) went out of control for a couple of times and blared tinnily and mercilessly at others.

But when all is said and done, "Dancin'" is Bob Fosse at his lustrous and unstinting best and, perhaps, the most stylish musical you'll ever witness. Now, let's see...left foot, right foot, turn...


New York Daily News
03/28/1978

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Broadhurst Theatre

(3/27/1978 - 11/29/1980)

Featuring songs by Gordon Lowry Harrell.

Management Assistant: Eric Angelson.

Production Stage Manager: Peter B. Mumford, Peter Von Mayrhauser; Stage Manager: Patrick Ballard.

Trombone: Morton Bullman; Trumpet: Tone Kwas.

Press Representative: William Schelble; Dance Captain: Gail Benedict.

Cast

Hinton Battle
Performer
Eileen Casey
Performer
Gary Chryst
Performer
Christine Colby
Performer
Bruce Anthony Davis
Performer
Cliff de Raita
Performer
James Dunne
Performer
Wendy Edmead
Performer
Janet Eilber
Performer
Gail Mae Ferguson
Performer
Gary Flannery
Performer
James Horvath
Dance Alternate (May 27, 1980 - ?)
Michael Kubala
Performer
Robert La Fosse
Performer
Eugene Little
Dance Alternate
P. J. Mann
Performer
Ross Miles
Performer
Valerie-Jean Miller
Performer
Dana Moore
Performer
Stephen Moore
Performer
Bryan Nicholas
Dance Alternate
Deborah Phelan
Dance Alternate
Zelda Pulliam
Dance Alternate
Alyson Reed
Performer
Shanna Reed
Dance Alternate
Michael Ricardo
Performer
Adrian Rosario
Performer
Timothy Scott
Performer
Terri Treas
Performer
Chet Walker
Performer
Robert Warners
Performer
David Warren-Gibson
Performer
Barbara Yeager
Performer

Ambassador Theatre

(11/30/1980 - 6/27/1982)

Associate Conductor: Nicholas Archer(Jun 1981 - Jun 1982).

Cast

Lydia Abarca
Performer
Ciscoe Bruton II
Performer
Lloyd Culbreath
Performer
John DeLuca
Performer
Lisa Embs
Performer
Penny Fekany
Dance Alternate
Spence Ford
Performer
Laurent Giroux
Dance Alternate
Bill Hastings
Performer
Keith Keen
Dance Alternate
Richard Korthaze
Performer
Edmund La Fosse
Performer
Jodi Moccia
Dance Alternate
Dana Moore
Performer
Maryann Neu
Performer
Bebe Neuwirth
Performer
Cynthia Onrubia
Performer
Gayle Samuels
Dance Alternate
Alison Sherve
Performer
Beth Shorter
Performer
Laurie Dawn Skinner
Performer
David Thomé
Performer
Chet Walker
Dance Alternate
Charles Ward
Performer



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