Gershwin Theatre, (7/02/1985 - 5/18/1986)

First Preview: Jun 13, 1985
Opening Date: Jul 02, 1985
Closing Date: May 18, 1986
Total Previews: 38
Total Performances: 367

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Hollywood in the Twenties.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization and Gerald Oestreicher

Produced by Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.; Associate Producer: Eugene V. Wolsk

Based on the film by MGM; Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Book adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; Lyrics by Arthur Freed; Music arranged by Stanley Lebowsky; Musical Director: Robert Billig; Music orchestrated by Larry Wilcox

Directed by Twyla Tharp; Choreographed by Twyla Tharp; Original film choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto; Costume Design by Ann Roth; Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton; Sound Design by Sound Associates, Inc.; Hair Design by Paul Huntley; Audio Consultant: T. Richard Fitzgerald; Make-Up Design by Ann Belsky; Associate Sound System Design: Richard Dunning; Film Sequences: Gordon Willis; Film Editor: Michael R. Miller

Company Manager: Steven Suskin

Production Stage Manager: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi

Musical Supervisor: Stanley Lebowsky; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon; Associate Conductor: Michael Dansicker; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus and Evan Morris

Casting: Slater/MCL; Acting Coach: Larry Moss; General Press Representative: Shirley Herz Associates; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne / Fisher and Jon Wilner; Photographer: Richard Avedon and Kenn Duncan

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Opening Night Cast

Don CorreiaDon Lockwood
Philippe
"The Royal Rascal" -- played by Don Lockwood
Pierre
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier" -- played by Don Lockwood
Mary D'ArcyKathy Selden
Richard FancyRoscoe Dexter
Faye GrantLina Lamont
Jeanette
"The Royal Rascal" -- played by Lina Lamont
Yvonne
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier" -- played by Lina Lamont
Peter SlutskerCosmo Brown
Ray BensonEnsemble
Enemy of the King
"The Royal Rascal"
John CarrafaEnsemble
Richard ColtonEnsemble
Austin ColyerDiction Coach
A Warner Brother
Ensemble
Jacque DeanPhoebe Dinsmore
Ensemble
Diane DuncanEnsemble
Lady of the Court
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
Yvonne DuttonEnsemble
Craig FrawleyEnsemble
Enemy of the King
"The Royal Rascal"
Melinda GilbDora Bailey
Ensemble
Katie GlasnerEnsemble
Barbara HoonEnsemble
David-Michael JohnsonEnsemble
Mary Ann KelloggZelda Zanders
Ensemble
Raymond KurshalsEnsemble
Alison MannEnsemble
Lady of the Court
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
Barbara MorozEnsemble
Lady of the Court
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
Kevin O'DayEnsemble
Robert RadfordRod
Ensemble
Tom RaweEnsemble
Hansford RoweR. F. Simpson
Gene SagerEnsemble
Enemy of the King
"The Royal Rascal"
Manservant
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
John SpallaSound Engineer
Ensemble
Man on Screen
"Talking Picture Demonstration"
Amy SpencerEnsemble
Cynthia TholeEnsemble
Lady-in-Waiting
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
Martin Van TreurenSid Phillips
Ticket Taker
Ensemble
Enemy of the King
"The Royal Rascal"
Villain
"The Dueling Cavalier" and "The Dancing Cavalier"
Shelley WashingtonEnsemble
Laurie WilliamsonEnsemble

Swings: David Askler, Cheri Butcher and Brad Moranz

Understudies: Austin Colyer (R. F. Simpson), Brad Moranz (Cosmo Brown), Barbara Moroz (Lina Lamont), Donn Simione (Don Lockwood), John Spalla (Roscoe Dexter) and Cynthia Thole (Kathy Selden)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1986 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

 1986 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Don Correia

Drama Desk Award

 1986 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Faye Grant

 1986 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Gene Kelly

 1986 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Twyla Tharp

 1986 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Stanley Donen

winner 1986 Outstanding Special Effects [winner] 

Automated Lighting Programmer: Jauchem & Meeh, Inc.

Theatre World

winner 1986 Award [recipient] 

Faye Grant

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Fit as a Fiddle
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown
Beautiful Girl
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood and Fans
Iv'e Got a Feelin' Your Foolin'
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Kathy Selden and Coconut Grove Coquettes
Make 'Em Laugh
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Cosmo Brown
Hub Bub
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Cosmo Brown and Studio Stage Hands
You Are My Lucky Star
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden
Moses Supposes
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown
Good Mornin'
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood, Kathy Selden and Cosmo Brown
Singin' in the Rain
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood
ACT 2 Sung By
Wedding of the Painted Doll
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Selected Ensemble
Rag Doll
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Selected Ensemble
Temptation
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Selected Ensemble
Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Selected Ensemble
Love is Where You Find It
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Ensemble
Would You?
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Kathy Selden
Broadway Rhythm
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Company
Blue Prelude
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Company
Would You?
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Kathy Selden
You Are My Lucky Star
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Don Lockwood, Kathy Selden and Company
Singin' in the Rain
(music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed )
Company

Reviews


New York Daily News: "'Singing'' down the drain"

Though it is splashy and in living color, "Singin' in the Rain," which opened at the Gershwin last night, is a pallid imitation of the celebrated Gene Kelly-Debbie Reynolds-Donald O'Connor movie, generally regarded as the best of the MGM musical films. 

It's not just that Kelly is missing, though that counts for a lot. For while the famous dance is re-created practically verbatim, following the original Kelly-Stanely Donen choreography, the winning star's absence is keenly felt. Don Correia, who plays the part, is a nimble and accomplished dancer, but with the personality of a chorus boy, not a star. 

I guess that hardly anyone needs reminding that this is the story, concocted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, of the time in the late 1920s when movies made transition from silents to talkies. The shrill voice of the comely silent star Linda Lamont had to be replaced by the sweet dubbed-in one of the winsome movie hopeful. Faye Grant makes almost as vivid and funny an impression in the part as Jean Hagen did in the original. 

Overlooking the unfortunate lack of vibrancy in the two stars, Correia and the songful but placid Mary D'Arcy, the evening is on its surrest footing when everybody is tapping and singing madly to the cheery Nacio Herb Brown-Arthur Freed songs from the film. But the play includes, foolishly for the most part, other numbers of theirs and different writers. 

Unhappily, what was probably O'Connor's foremost screen dance ("Make 'Em Laugh"), is wasted here in a helter-skelter dance by Peter Slutsker.

The book doesn't intrude too much on the fancy footwork in the first half, most of it conventional but spirited tapping and ballroom stuff. The show falls to pieces in the second half with a longwinded mishmush song-and-dance routines dredging up, among other things, snatches of "Wedding of the Painted Doll," "Temptation" and, truly out of nowehere, Gordon Jenkins' "Blue Prelude." The evening ends, a brave smile on its face, with reprises of "Would You?," "You Are My Lucky Star" and, the entire cast jouncing about in yellow slickers, "Singin' in the Rain." Whistling in the dark was more like it. 

Hansford Rowe and Richard Fancy give sound performances as, respectively, the studio head and the excitable director, and most of the supporting players are capable. But even with Santo Loquasto's bright and imaginative scenery, which includes a long white sedan with running board, Ann Roth's striking costumes, and Jennifer Tipton's excellent lighting, this is a colorless occasion. The many black-and-white movie sequences, essential to the plot, keep reminding us of the show's source. It's a little like re-creating "Top Hat" minus Astaire and Rogers.


New York Daily News
07/03/1985

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Gershwin Theatre

(7/2/1985 - 5/18/1986)
Press Representative: Pete Sanders.

Cast

Diane Duncan
Zelda Zanders
Mark Frawley
Ensemble
Carolyn Goor
Ensemble
Michael Graham
Ensemble
Nancy Hess
Ensemble
Dana Moore
Ensemble
Mary C. Robare
Ensemble (May 10, 1986 - ?)
Greg Schanuel
Ensemble
Jeff Siebert
Ensemble



Understudies: Ray Benson (Don Lockwood), Christina Saffran (Kathy Selden).


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