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Century Theatre, (6/14/1978 - 12/03/1978)

First Preview: Jun 06, 1978
Opening Date: Jun 14, 1978
Closing Date: Dec 03, 1978
Total Performances: 199

Category: Special, Dance, Original, Broadway
Description: A "Living Archive" of Broadway Theatre Dance; great theatre dances saved from oblivion

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Lee Theodore, Louis K. Sher and Gloria Sher

Originally produced by The American Dance Machine (Lee Theodore: Founder and Executive Director)

Musical Director: David Baker and David Krane; Special arrangements by Danny Hurd; Dance arrangements by Trude Rittman, Laurence Rosenthal, Genevieve Pitot, John Heawood, David Baker, Russell Warner, Robert Wagner, Robert Prince, Peter Matz, Sol Berkowitz, Luther Henderson and Edward Scott; Historical material arranged by Albert Murray

Entire Production Directed and Supervised by Lee Theodore; Associate Director: David Baker; Featuring choreography from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Carousel," and "Brigadoon" by Agnes de Mille; Featuring choreography from "George M!" by Joe Layton; Featuring choreography from "Destry Rides Again" and "Can Can" by Michael Kidd; Featuring choreography from "The Boy Friend" by Buddy Schwab; Featuring choreography from "Cabaret" by Ron Field; Featuring choreography from "Shenandoah" by Bob Tucker; Featuring choreography from "Little Me" by Bob Fosse; Featuring choreography from "Half a Sixpence" by Onna White; Featuring choreography from "Television" by Carol Haney; Featuring choreography from "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" by Peter Gennaro; Featuring choreography from "No, No, Nanette" by Donald Saddler; Featuring choreography from "Walking Happy" by Danny Daniels; Choreographic reconstruction by Evelyn Taylor, Karin Baker, Patti Mariano, Gemze de Lappe, Swen Swenson, Eleonore Treiber, Marianne Selbert, Gene Gavin, Tom Panko, Ron Bostick, Eric Paynter, Buzz Miller, Vito Durante, Jamie Jamieson, Ken Urmstrom, Helen Gallagher and Dick Korthaze; Historical material arranged by Harold Cromer

Costume Design by John David Ridge; Lighting Design by Jeremy Johnson; "No, No, Nanette" costume designed by Rolande Guizart

General Manager: James Walsh

Production Stage Manager: Bob Tucker

Piano: David Krane and James Stenborg; Drums: Bernard Karl; Guitar and Banjo: Lou Volpe; Bass: Jack Messing

General Press Representative: Alpert / LeVine; Dance Captain: Nancy Chismar; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne; Photographer: Sy Friedman; Additional photography: Roger Greenawalt, Martha Swope and Kenn Duncan

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Opening Night Cast

Helena AndreykoEnsemble
Nancy ChismarSoloist
Harold CromerGuest Artist
Liza GennaroEnsemble
Louise HickeySoloist
Don JohansonSoloist
Amy LesterEnsemble
Patti MarianoGuest Artist
Greg MinahanEnsemble
Christine OrenEnsemble
Candice PriorEnsemble
Kevin RyanEnsemble
Don SwansonGuest Artist
Alexandra VisitorEnsemble
Derek WolshonakEnsemble
Donald YoungEnsemble


(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Leo Robin )
Popularity (from GEORGE M)
(music by George M. Cohan; lyrics by George M. Cohan )
June Is Bustin' Out All Over (from CAROUSEL)
(music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II )
All Aboard for Broadway (from GEORGE M)
(music by George M. Cohan; lyrics by George M. Cohan )
Charleston (from THE BOY FRIEND)
(music by Sandy Wilson; lyrics by Sandy Wilson )
Next to Lovin' (I Like Fightin') (from SHENANDOAH)
(music by Gary Geld; lyrics by Peter Udell )
Rich Kid's Rag (from LITTLE ME)
(music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Carolyn Leigh )
Mr. Bojangles
(music by Jerry Jeff Walker; lyrics by Jerry Jeff Walker )
If the Rain's Gotta Fall (from HALF A SIXPENCE)
(music by David Heneker; lyrics by David Heneker )
Satin Doll (from TELEVISION)
(music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; lyrics by John Mercer )
Monte Carlo Crossover (from THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN)
(music by Meredith Willson; lyrics by Meredith Willson )
Up Where the People Are (from THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN)
(music by Meredith Willson; lyrics by Meredith Willson )
Come to Me, Bend to Me (from BRIGADOON)
(music by Frederick Loewe; lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner )
You Can Dance With Any Girl at All (from NO! NO! NANETTE!)
(music by Vincent Youmans; lyrics by Irving Caesar )


New York Daily News: "Fun gathering of gypsies"

"Dancin'," which is playing just a couple of blocks south, would be the ideal title for the dully-named "American Dance Machine" which bounded into the Century Theater last night. A reconstruction of dance numbers from 15 Broadway musicals (and one TV show), the earliest "Carousel" and the most recent "Bubbling Brown Sugar," it is a lively and occasionally lovely evening filled with echoes.

Lee Becker Theodore, a Broadway "gypsy" herself at one time, has gathered together 18 dancers and, with the help of dancers associated with the shows represented, recreated numbers that were high spots in the attractions they stem from.

It's a ghostly tour on two accounts. First of all, these are numbers that, unlike the books and songs and both the scenic and costume designs, were never preserved and have only been restaged out of memory followed by the training of young dancers in the particular styles of the choreographers represented. And secondly, the music, though usually based on song themes from the individual scores, is in effect an individual composition in each instance by an expert dance arranger such as Trude Rittman, Geneveve Pitot or Peter Matz, to name a few of the more familiar specialists in this line.

Working on a bare stage, with a small and smart orchestra (two pianos, guitar, bass, drums) behind a scrim, the dancers, in a variety of handsome costumes by John David Ridge, swing brightly through such pieces as the "Rich Kid's Rag" (from "Little Me"), "Won't You Charleston With Me?" ("The Boy Friend"), "The Telephone Song" ("Cabaret"), the "Whip Dance" ("Destry Rides Again") and most affectingly of all, Agnes De Mille's enchanting "Come to Me, Bend to Me" followed immediately by the "Funeral Dance," both from the first Lerner-Loewe success, "Brigadoon."

Janet Eilber, a willowy and dazzling brunette out of the Martha Graham company, is the soloist in the last-named numbers and in quite a few others, revealing a talent as a comedienne, as well. Denny Shearer is the leading male dancer, seen in a recreation by Barry Preston of Preston's spectacular "Bubbling Brown Sugar" solo among other things, and like Eilber he introduces pieces, explaining their functions in the shows they adorned. During the intermission, a chunky hoofer named Harold Cromer demonstrates the Lindy and a variety of other "black" dances.

They're not all sock numbers, and of course an additional strain is put on them by being presented out of context, and a few - notably "If the Rain's Got to Fall" ("Half a Sixpence") go on much too long. But the choreographers honored - Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, Donald Saddler, Ron Field, Peter Gennaro, Onna White, Carol Haney (her "Satin Doll" from a 1962 TV show) and De Mille...especially De Mille, whose "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" ("Carousel") is included - are all deserving. And, as someone observed, quite a few of them owe a good deal to the late Jack Cole, who is not represented at all.

So here's to the gypsies (or the Alpha Company, as they're called) and to the memories they stir, along with an occasional desire to see one of these shows in full again.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Century Theatre

(6/14/1978 - 12/3/1978)
Dance arrangements by Danny Holgate; Featuring songs by Danny Holgate, Emme Kemp, Lillian Lopez.

Featuring choreography from "Bubbling Brown Sugar" by Billy Wilson; Choreographic reconstruction by Barry Preston.

Production Stage Manager: Murray Gitlin.

Bass: Steve Macho.


Zan Charisse
Joe Deer
Janet Eilber
Guest Artist
Steven Gelfer
John Jones
Brian Kelly
Kristina Koebel
David Kottke
Gina Martin
Joseph Pugliese
Morgan Richardson
Denny Shearer
Guest Artist

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