Minskoff Theatre, (11/17/1994 - 3/22/1997)

First Preview: Nov 01, 1994
Opening Date: Nov 17, 1994
Closing Date: Mar 22, 1997
Total Previews: 17
Total Performances: 976

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: Los Angeles. 1949-50.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by James M. Nederlander, Myron A. Minskoff and The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; James L. Nederlander: Vice-President)

Produced by The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Based on the film by Billy Wilder; Musical Director: David Caddick and Paul Bogaev; Music orchestrated by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Trevor Nunn; Musical Staging by Bob Avian; Associate Choreographer: Jodi Moccia

Production Design by John Napier; Costume Design by Anthony Powell; Lighting Design by Andrew Bridge; Sound Design by Martin Levan; Associate Prod. Design: Peter David Gould; Make-Up Design by Randy Houston Mercer; Associate Lighting Design: Vivien Leone; Associate Vari*Lite Designer: Richard Knight

General Manager: Nina Lannan & Associates; Company Manager: Abbie M. Strassler

Production Supervisor: Peter Lawrence; Technical Supervisor: Peter Feller, Sr. and Arthur Siccardi; Production Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: John Brigleb, Jim Woolley and Lynda J. Fox

Musical Supervisor: David Caddick; Conducted by Paul Bogaev; Viola (1): Richard Brice; Associate Musical Supervisor: Kristen Allen Blodgette; Music Preparation: JoAnne Kane Music Preparation; Music Preparation (NY): Chelsea Music Services, Inc.

Casting: Johnson-Liff Associates; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Darlene Wilson; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.

This production is dedicated to the memory of R. Tyler Gatchell, Jr.; The Producer gratefully acknowledges the contributions in lyric development of Amy Powers

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Opening Night Cast

Alan Campbell
Broadway debut
Joe Gillis
Glenn CloseNorma Desmond
(Nov 01, 1994 - Jul 02, 1995)
George HearnMax von Mayerling
Alice RipleyBetty Schaefer
Sandra Allen
Broadway debut
1st Harem Girl
Beautician
Bryan BattYoung Writer
Salesman
DeMille's Assistant
Lada Boder
Broadway debut
2nd Harem Girl
Beautician
Susan Dawn CarsonHeather
2nd Masseuse
Matthew DickensCliff
Salesman
Young Guard
Colleen Dunn3rd Harem Girl (Jean)
Beautician
Hedy Lamarr
David EricJonesy
Sammy
Salesman
Rich Hebert1st Financeman
Film Actor
Salesman
Kim HuberLisa
Doctor
Alicia Irving
Broadway debut
Katherine
Psychiatrist
Lauren Kennedy
Broadway debut
Mary
1st Masseuse
Sal MistrettaSheldrake
Police Chief
Mark MoralesJohn
Salesman
Victor Mature
Alan OppenheimerCecil B. DeMille
Rick PodellMyron
Manfred
Tom Alan Robbins2nd Financeman
Salesman
Party Guest
Rick SparksChoreographer
Salesman
Steven Stein-Grainger
Broadway debut
Morino
Salesman
Hog Eye
Vincent Tumeo
Broadway debut
Artie Green
Wendy Walter
Broadway debut
Joanna
Astrologer

Standby: Karen Mason (Norma Desmond)

Understudies: Darrin Baker (1st Financeman, 2nd Financeman, Artie Green, Choreographer, Cliff, DeMille's Assistant, Film Actor, Hog Eye, John, Jonesy, Morino, Police Chief, Salesman, Sammy, Young Writer), Bryan Batt (Joe Gillis), Susan Dawn Carson (Norma Desmond), Matthew Dickens (Artie Green, Joe Gillis), David Eric (Cecil B. DeMille, Manfred, Sheldrake), Harvey Evans (1st Financeman, 2nd Financeman, Choreographer, Cliff, DeMille's Assistant, Film Actor, Hog Eye, John, Jonesy, Morino, Police Chief, Salesman, Sammy, Sheldrake, Young Writer), Rich Hebert (Max von Mayerling), Kim Huber (Betty Schaefer), Lauren Kennedy (Betty Schaefer), Rosemary Loar (1st Harem Girl, 1st Masseuse, 2nd Harem Girl, 2nd Masseuse, 3rd Harem Girl (Jean), Astrologer, Beautician, Doctor, Heather, Hedy Lamarr, Joanna, Katherine, Lisa, Mary, Psychiatrist), Steven Stein-Grainger (Cecil B. DeMille, Manfred, Max von Mayerling) and Darlene Wilson (1st Harem Girl, 1st Masseuse, 2nd Harem Girl, 2nd Masseuse, 3rd Harem Girl (Jean), Astrologer, Beautician, Doctor, Heather, Hedy Lamarr, Joanna, Katherine, Lisa, Mary, Psychiatrist)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1995 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd.

winner 1995 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Christopher Hampton and Don Black

winner 1995 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton

 1995 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Alan Campbell

winner 1995 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Glenn Close

winner 1995 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

George Hearn

winner 1995 Best Scenic Design [winner] 

Production Design by John Napier

 1995 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Anthony Powell

winner 1995 Best Lighting Design [winner] 

Andrew Bridge

 1995 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Bob Avian

 1995 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Trevor Nunn

Drama Desk Award

 1995 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd.

 1995 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

George Hearn

winner 1995 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Glenn Close

 1995 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Trevor Nunn

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Prologue
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis
Let's Have Lunch
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis and Ensemble
Surrender
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond
With One Look
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond
Salome
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis
The Greatest Star Of All
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Max von Mayerling
Every Movie's a Circus
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer, Artie Green and Ensemble
Girl Meets Boy
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis and Betty Schaefer
New Ways to Dream
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond
The Lady's Paying
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Manfred, Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis and Salesmen
The Perfect Year
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis
This Time Next Year
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer, Artie Green and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Sunset Boulevard
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis
The Perfect Year (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond
As If We Never Said Goodbye
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond
Surrender (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Cecil B. DeMille
Girl Meets Boy (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Betty Schaefer and Joe Gillis
Eternal Youth Is Worth A Little Suffering
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma's Consultants
Too Much In Love To Care
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Betty Schaefer and Joe Gillis
New Ways to Dream (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Max von Mayerling
Sunset Boulevard (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Joe Gillis and Betty Schaefer
The Greatest Star Of All (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Max von Mayerling and Norma Desmond
Surrender (Reprise)
(lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton)
Norma Desmond

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Minskoff Theatre

(11/17/1994 - 3/22/1997)
Ms. Buckley's Makeup Design: Justin Henry Forrester.

Company Manager: Devin Keudell; Assistant Co. Mgr: Kristen Coury, Robert Marlin.

Production Stage Manager: John Brigleb; Stage Manager: Pamela Singer, Scott Klier, Tracy Crum.

Conducted by Kevin Stites; Associate Conductor: Bob Gustafson, James May; Concert Master: Sanford Allen; Violin (7): Sanford Allen, Sylvia D'Avanzo, Myra Segal, Paul Woodiel, Kurt Coble, Avril Brown, Kurt Briggs, Aaron Stolow; Viola (2): Henry Kao, John Dexter; Cello (1): Francesca Vanasco; Bass, Electric Bass: Douglas Romoff; Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute: M. Bernard Phillips; Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Andrew Sterman; Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet: Edward Salkin; French Horn (2): Theresa MacDonnell, Steve Zimmerman; Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet: Christian Jaudes; Bass Trombone: Jeffrey Nelson; Drums, Percussion: James Saporito; Guitar: David Boguslaw; Keyboards (3): Robert Gustafson, Maggie Torre, James May, Gregory Dlugos; Conducted by Gregory Dlugos.

Dance Captain: Peter Kapetan.

Cast

John Barrowman
Joe Gillis
Kristen Behrendt
Doctor
Lisa
Jane Bodle
Doctor
Lisa
Stephen Breithaupt
2nd Financeman
Party Guest
Salesman
Betty Buckley
Norma Desmond (Jul 4, 1995 - Aug 24, 1996)
James Dybas
Jonesy
Salesman
Sammy
Alisa Endsley
2nd Masseuse
Heather
Harvey Evans
Jonesy
Salesman
Sammy
Andrew Giordano
John
Salesman
Victor Mature
Danielle Lee Greaves
Katherine (Jan 20, 1997 - Mar 22, 1997)
Psychiatrist (Jan 20, 1997 - Mar 22, 1997)
Dale Hensley
Manfred
Myron
John Hoshko
Young Writer (Aug 1996 - Sep 1996)
Bruce Alan Johnson
DeMille's Assistant (circa. Sep 1996 - Mar 22, 1997)
Salesman (circa. Sep 1996 - Mar 22, 1997)
Young Writer (circa. Sep 1996 - Mar 22, 1997)
George Kmeck
Hog Eye
Jordan Leeds
Artie Green
Rod Loomis
Cecil B. DeMille
Lisa Mandel
3rd Harem Girl (Jean)
Beautician
Hedy Lamarr
Karen Mason
During Glenn Close's vacation
Norma Desmond (Mar 7, 1995 - Mar 19, 1995)
Jim Newman
Cliff
Salesman
Young Guard
Dan O'Grady
Choreographer
Salesman
Elaine Paige
Norma Desmond (Aug 26, 1996 - Mar 22, 1997)
Gayle Samuels
1st Harem Girl
Beautician
John Scherer
DeMille's Assistant
Salesman
Young Writer
Angie L. Schworer
3rd Harem Girl (Jean)
Beautician
Hedy Lamarr
Timothy Shew
1st Financeman
Film Actor
Salesman
Larry Small
1st Financeman
Ensemble
Film Actor
Salesman
Amy Spanger
1st Masseuse
Mary
Steven Stein-Grainger
Manfred
Max von Mayerling
Jillana Urbina
3rd Harem Girl (Jean)
Beautician
Hedy Lamarr
Jennifer West
1st Masseuse
Mary


Swings: John Hoshko.


Standbys: Maureen Moore (Norma Desmond).

Understudies: Kristen Behrendt (Betty Schaefer), Jane Bodle (Betty Schaefer), James Dybas (Cecil B. DeMille, Manfred, Sheldrake), Rich Hebert (Cecil B. DeMille), John Hoshko (1st Financeman, 2nd Financeman, Choreographer, Cliff, DeMille's Assistant, Film Actor, Hog Eye, John, Jonesy, Morino, Police Chief, Salesman, Sammy, Young Writer), Alicia Irving (Norma Desmond), Bruce Alan Johnson (Joe Gillis), Peter Kapetan (1st Financeman, 2nd Financeman, Choreographer, Cliff, DeMille's Assistant, Film Actor, Hog Eye, John, Jonesy, Manfred, Morino, Police Chief, Salesman, Sammy, Sheldrake, Young Writer), George Kmeck (Max von Mayerling), Jordan Leeds (Joe Gillis), Jim Newman (Artie Green, Cliff, Joe Gillis, Salesman, Young Guard), John Scherer (Joe Gillis), Larry Small (Max von Mayerling), Jennifer Stetor (1st Harem Girl, 1st Masseuse, 2nd Harem Girl, 2nd Masseuse, 3rd Harem Girl (Jean), Astrologer, Beautician, Doctor, Heather, Hedy Lamarr, Joanna, Katherine, Lisa, Mary, Psychiatrist), Colleen Sudduth (1st Harem Girl, 1st Masseuse, 2nd Harem Girl, 2nd Masseuse, 3rd Harem Girl (Jean), Astrologer, Beautician, Doctor, Heather, Hedy Lamarr, Joanna, Katherine, Lisa, Mary, Psychiatrist), Jennifer West (Betty Schaefer).


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