The new American musical

Mark Hellinger Theatre, (8/21/1986 - 8/23/1986)

First Preview: Aug 05, 1986
Opening Date: Aug 21, 1986
Closing Date: Aug 23, 1986
Total Previews: 18
Total Performances: 4

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Lower East Side of New York in 1910.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by Lee Guber, Martin Heinfling and Marvin A. Krauss; Associate Producer: Madeline Lee Gilford

Book by Joseph Stein; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Musical Director: Eric Stern; Additional Arrangements by Eric Stern; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin

Directed by Gene Saks; Musical Staging by Ron Field

Scenic Design by Beni Montresor; Costume Design by Florence Klotz; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Associate Lighting Design: Peggy Eisenhauer

General Manager: Joey Parnes and Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: Allan Williams

Production Supervisor: Robert V. Straus; Stage Manager: Joel Tropper and John Actman

Klezmorim - Tuba: Teddy Bragin; Klezmorim - Trombone: Sean Mahony; Klezmorim - Trumpet: Bruce Engel; Klezmorim - Clarinet: Harold Seletsky; Klezmorim - Violin: Marshall Coid; Music Contractor: Seymour "Red" Press

Casting: Simon & Kumin Casting, Inc.; General Press Representative: Solters / Roskin / Friedman, Inc.; Dance Captain: Patti Mariano; Advertising: Wyse Advertising

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Opening Night Cast

Teresa Stratas
Broadway debut
Rebecca Hershkowitz
Larry KertNathan Hershkowitz
John AllerGuard
Mr. Rosen
Wealthy New Yorker
Herschel Cohen
Evalyn BaronAnna Cohen
Gabriel BarreSam
Sweatshop worker
Man on Stilts
Josh BlakeDavid Hershkowitz
Marshall CoidViolinist
Michael ConeAn American
Irish Tenor on Recording
Michael DavisAn American
Wealthy New Yorker
Rex Everhart"Big Tim" Sullivan
Joan FinkelsteinEsther
Sweatshop worker
Wealthy New Yorker
Andy GaleHomesick Immigrant
Italian Tenor
Joanna GlushakSocial Worker
An Avid Shopper
Wealthy New Yorker
Italian Tenor's Mother
Bill HastingsWealthy New Yorker
Wendy KimballWealthy New Yorker
Irish Girl
Judy KuhnBella Cohen
Dick LatessaAvram Cohen
Audrey LavineRosa
Sweatshop worker
Irish Girl's Mother
Mordecai LawnerJack Cohen
Marcia LewisRachel Halpern
Terrence MannSaul
a union organizer
Devon MichaelsMorris
a little boy
Lonny PriceBen
Robert RadfordWealthy New Yorker
Irma RogersNathan's Landlady
Violinist's Mother
Stan RubinRecruiter
Editor of newspaper
Mr. Bronstein
A Passerby
Peter SamuelGuard
Cigar Boss
Wealthy New Yorker
Bonnie SchonMillie
the landlady's neighbor
Morris' Mother
Mrs. Sullivan
Catherine UlisseyWealthy New Yorker

Swings: Mark Fotopoulos, Patti Mariano and Cissy Rebich

Understudies: John Aller (Ben), Joanna Glushak (Bella Cohen), Audrey Lavine (Rebecca Hershkowitz), Devon Michaels (David Hershkowitz), Irma Rogers (Anna Cohen), Stan Rubin (Avram Cohen, Jack Cohen) and Peter Samuel (Saul)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1987 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Lee Guber, Marvin A. Krauss and Martin Heinfling

 1987 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Joseph Stein

 1987 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

 1987 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Teresa Stratas

 1987 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Musical Staging by Ron Field

Drama Desk Award

winner 1987 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Teresa Stratas

 1987 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Judy Kuhn

 1987 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Marcia Lewis

 1987 Outstanding Orchestration [nominee] 

Michael Starobin

 1987 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Charles Strouse


music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

ACT 1 Sung By
I RememberHomesick Immigrant
GreenhornsThe Americans and New Immigrants
Brand New WorldRebecca Hershkowitz and David Hershkowitz
Children of the WindRebecca Hershkowitz, Avram Cohen and David Hershkowitz
Penny A TuneRachel Halpern, Klezmorim and Peddlers and Workers
Easy for YouSaul (a union organizer), Rebecca Hershkowitz and David Hershkowitz
Hard To Be a PrinceHamlet and Company
Blame It On the Summer NightRebecca, with Clarinettist
For My MaryIrish Tenor and Ben
RagsBella Cohen and Avram Cohen
What's Wrong With That?Frankie, Mike, "Big Tim" Sullivan and Nathan Hershkowitz
On the Fourth Day of JulyPicnickers and Band
In AmericaRebecca Hershkowitz and Nathan Hershkowitz
ACT 2 Sung By
Yankee BoyNathan Hershkowitz and Neighbors
UptownNathan Hershkowitz and Rebecca Hershkowitz
WantingRebecca Hershkowitz and Saul (a union organizer)
Three Sunny RoomsRachel Halpern and Avram Cohen
The Sound of LoveBen, David Hershkowitz and Shoppers
For My Mary (Reprise) Bella Cohen and Ben
Democratic Club DanceRebecca Hershkowitz, "Big Tim" Sullivan, Nathan Hershkowitz, Mike, Mrs. Sullivan and Democrats and Band
PrayerAvram Cohen, Rebecca Hershkowitz and Men
Bread and FreedomRosa (Sweatshop worker), Rebecca Hershkowitz, Esther (Sweatshop worker) and Sam (Sweatshop worker)
Dancing With the FoolsRebecca Hershkowitz, Nathan Hershkowitz and Strikers
FinaleRebecca Hershkowitz, David Hershkowitz and The Americans and New Immigrants
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