Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (11/24/1986 - 1/03/1987)

First Preview: Nov 14, 1986
Opening Date: Nov 24, 1986
Closing Date: Jan 03, 1987
Total Previews: 11
Total Performances: 48

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Santa Rosa Junior College. Act I: Three days last summer. Act II: Saturday night.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Richard M. Kagan and Sidney L. Shlenker; Associate Producer: Barbara Livitz, Ronald Balser and Barbara Balser

Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman; Based on the screenplay by Jerry Belson; Musical Director: Paul Gemignani; Music orchestrated by Sid Ramin, Bill Byers, Dick Hazard and Torrie Zito; Vocal arrangements by Buster Davis

Directed by Howard Ashman; Musical Staging by Mary Kyte

Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Hair Design by Angela Gari

General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; Company Manager: Roger Gindi

Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Stage Manager: Ruth E. Rinklin; Technical Supervisor: Theatrical Services, Inc.

Music Contractor: Mike Berkowitz; Associate Conductor: Ronald Melrose; Orchestra: John Beal, Michael Berkowitz, Francis Bonny, Anthony Cecere, Nick Cerrato, Andy Drelles, Dennis Elliott, Eileen Folson, Jack Gale, Clarissa Howell, Al Hunt, Steve Marzullo, Ronald Melrose, John J. Moses, Brian O'Flaherty, Caryl Paisner, Dean Plank, Marilyn Reynolds, Eugene Scholtens, Les Scott, Ron Sell, Steve Uscher, Lorraine Wolf and Ann Yarbrough

General Press Representative: The Fred Nathan Company, Inc.; Dance Captain: Liza Gennaro-Evans; Casting: Albert Tavares; Advertising: Fisher / LeDonne / Wilner

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Opening Night Cast

Mana AllenPatti-Lynn Bird
Contestant/El Centro
Jodi BensonDoria Hudson
Contestant/Yuba City
Anne Marie BobbyRobin Gibson
Contestant/Antelope Valley
Andrew CasseseFreddy
Veanne CoxSandra-Kay Macaffee
Tommy DaggettLittle Bob Freelander
Donna Marie ElioGina Minelli
Contestant/San Luis Obispo
Laura GardnerRobin's mom
Lauren GolerValerie Sherman
Valerie Lau-KeeLinda Lee
Contestant/San Francisco
Andrea Leigh-SmithDebralee Davis
Mia MalmKate Gardner
Joanne Marshall
Last year's winner
Jeff McCarthyBig Bob Freelander
Cindy OakesConnie-Sue Whipple
Michael O'GormanTommy French
The pageant choreographer
Dick PattersonTed Farley
An Emcee
Nikki ReneCookie Wilson
Tia RieblingShawn Christianson
Contestant/La Jolla
Cheryl-Ann RossiMaria Gonzales
Julie TusseyKimberly Lyons
Contestant/Palo Alto
Renée VenezialeDana Simpson
Marsha WaterburyBrenda DiCarlo Freelander
Deanna D. WellsHeidi Anderson
Jeffrey WilkinsTony
A volunteer
Ruth WilliamsonCarol
Brenda's assistant
K. C. WilsonPhotographer
Richard WoodsDale Wilson-Shears
Chairman of the Young American Miss Foundation

Swings: Michael Bologna, Susan Dow, Linda Hess, Woody Howard and Joyce Nolen

Understudies: Mana Allen (Robin Gibson), Michael Bologna (Tommy French), Susan Dow (Robin Gibson, Sandra-Kay Macaffee), Donna Marie Elio (Doria Hudson, Maria Gonzales), Lauren Goler (Shawn Christianson), Andrea Leigh-Smith (Valerie Sherman), Mia Malm (Valerie Sherman), Joyce Nolen (Brenda DiCarlo Freelander), Cindy Oakes (Sandra-Kay Macaffee), Nikki Rene (Maria Gonzales), Deanna D. Wells (Doria Hudson, Shawn Christianson), Jeffrey Wilkins (Big Bob Freelander) and K. C. Wilson (Dale Wilson-Shears, Ted Farley)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1987 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Howard Ashman

Drama Desk Award

 1987 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Michael O'Gorman

 1987 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

William Ivey Long


music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Howard Ashman

ACT 1 Sung By
PrologueThe Contestants
Orientation/Postcard #1Brenda DiCarlo Freelander, Robin Gibson (Contestant/Antelope Valley) and The Contestants
DisneylandDoria Hudson (Contestant/Yuba City)
ShineThe Contestants, Tommy French (The pageant choreographer) and Brenda DiCarlo Freelander
Postcard #2Robin Gibson (Contestant/Antelope Valley)
NervesThe Contestants
Young amd American (Preliminary Night)The Contestants
Until Tomorrow NightThe Contestants, Brenda DiCarlo Freelander and Big Bob Freelander
ACT 2 Sung By
Postcard #3/Dressing Room SceneRobin Gibson (Contestant/Antelope Valley), Doria Hudson (Contestant/Yuba City), Ted Farley (An Emcee) and The Contestants
SmileTed Farley (An Emcee) and The Contestants
In Our HandsThe Contestants
Pretty as a PictureTed Farley (An Emcee), Big Bob Freelander, Robin Gibson (Contestant/Antelope Valley) and The Contestants
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