Mark Hellinger Theatre, (12/26/1988 - 2/19/1989)

First Preview: Oct 25, 1988
Opening Date: Dec 26, 1988
Closing Date: Feb 19, 1989
Total Previews: 72
Total Performances: 64

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; Arthur Rubin: Vice-President)

Produced by James M. Nederlander, James L. Nederlander, Arthur Rubin, The Entertainment Group and George M. Steinbrenner III; Produced in association with Jonathan Farkas; Associate Producer: Kathleen Raitt

Music by Peter Allen; Lyrics by Peter Allen; Book by Harvey Fierstein and Charles Suppon; Based on the movie "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" by Warner Brothers; Musical Director: Eric Stern; Vocal arrangements by Eric Stern; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin; Dance arrangements by Mark Hummel; Additional orchestrations by Danny Troob

Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman; Choreographed by Alan Johnson

Scenic Design by David Mitchell; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Peter J. Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Howard Leonard; Projection Design by Jonathan L. Quitt; Associate Producer for Projections: Wendy Ehrlich; Associate Lighting Design: Peggy Eisenhauer

Executive Producer: Marvin A. Krauss; General Manager: Gary Gunas and Joey Parnes; Company Manager: Nina Skriloff

Production Stage Manager: Peter B. Mumford; Stage Manager: Gary M. Zabinski

Musical Coordinator: John Monaco; Trumpet: James Hynes and Phil Granger; Trombone: Porter Poindexter and James Miller; French Horn: Russ Rizner; Clarinet: John Purcell and Charles Millard; Flute: Louis Cortelezzi; Oboe: Peter Angelo; Baritone Saxophone: Joseph Grimaldi; Synthesizer: Ronald Melrose and Tim Stella; Bass: Mark Berger; Guitar: Larry Saltzman; Drums: Glenn Rhian and Bruce Doctor; Concertmaster: Bernard Zeller; Violin: Kathy Livolsi, Al Cavaliere and Frank Wang; Viola: Susan Follari and Richard Spencer; Cello: Bruce Wang and Marisol Espada

Black Art Effects Consultant: Ted Shapiro

Casting: Simon & Kumin Casting, Inc.; General Press Representative: Shirley Herz Associates; Advertising: LeDonne & Wilner; Dance Captain: Jennifer Rymer; Vocal Coach: Ronald Melrose; Stunt Coordinator: J.P. Romano, S.A.M.P.; Stunts by Kevin Weldon; Photographer: Martha Swope and Associates

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Opening Night Cast

Peter AllenJack Diamond
Brenda BraxtonMadge
Randall EdwardsKiki Roberts
Jim FyfeMoran
Christian KauffmannBones
Pat McNamaraDevane
Raymond SerraAugie
Joe SilverArnold Rothstein
Julie WilsonFlo
Adrian BaileyConvict
Latin Dancer
Boy from Bay Ridge
Member of A. R.'s Gang
Quin BairdConvict
Member of A. R.'s Gang
Carol Ann BaxterHotsy Totsy Girl
Champagne Girl
Stephen BourneufPrison Guard
Tuxedo Dancer
Member of Jack's Gang
James BrandtTropicabana Announcer
F. B. I. Man
Frank CavaConvict
Latin Dancer
Taxi Dancer
Member of Jack's Gang
Jonathan CerulloTuxedo Dancer
Member of A. R.'s Gang
Colleen DunnHotsy Totsy Girl
Deanna DysCigarette Girl
Hotsy Totsy Girl
Ruth GottschallMourner
K. Craig InnesTuxedo Dancer
Taxi Dancer
Member of Jack's Gang
Norman Wendall KauahiConvict
Latin Dancer
Chinese Waiter
Member of Jack's Gang
Rick ManningPrison Guard
Boy from Bay Ridge
Member of A. R.'s Gang
F. B. I. Man
Gwendolyn MillerHotsy Totsy Girl
Champagne Girl
Burlesque Woman
Bobby MoyaConvict
Latin Dancer
Taxi Dancer
Boy from Bay Ridge
Member of A. R.'s Gang
Paul NunesConvict
Latin Dancer
Member of Jack's Gang
Mike O'CarrollHotsy Totsy Announcer
Keith TyroneConvict
Latin Dancer
Member of Jack's Gang
Shelley WaldJack Diamond's Secretary
Wendy WaringHotsy Totsy Girl
Burlesque Woman
Kevin WeldonTuxedo Dancer

Swings: Dan O'Grady, Jennifer Rymer and Steven Scionti

Standby: Larry Kert (Jack Diamond)

Understudies: Adrian Bailey (Bones), Frank Cava (Moran), Colleen Dunn (Kiki Roberts), Ruth Gottschall (Flo) and Mike O'Carroll (Arnold Rothstein, Devane)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1989 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Julie Wilson

 1989 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Willa Kim

 1989 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Alan Johnson

Drama Desk Award

 1989 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Willa Kim


music by Peter Allen; lyrics by Peter Allen

ACT 1 Sung By
When I Get My Name in LightsJack Diamond and Convicts and Ensemble
ApplauseFlo and Hotsy Totsy Girls
KnockersJack Diamond and Hotsy Totsy Girls
I Was Made for ChampagneKiki Roberts and Tropicabana Dancers
Tropicabana RhumbaJack Diamond and Kiki Roberts
Sure Thing BabyJack Diamond
Speakeasy ChristmasHotsy Totsy Dancers
Charge It to A.R.Arnold Rothstein, Augie, Moran, Bones and Gangsters
Only an Older WomanJack Diamond and Flo
Taxi Dancers' TangoJack Diamond and Ensemble
Only Steal from ThievesJack Diamond, Kiki Roberts and Gangsters
When I Get My Name in Lights (Reprise) Jack Diamond and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Cut of the CardsJack Diamond and Company
Gangland ChaseJack Diamond and Gangsters
Now You See Me, Now You Don'tJack Diamond, Kiki Roberts and Ensemble
The Man Nobody Could LoveKiki Roberts, Flo and Madge
The Music Went Out of My LifeFlo
Say It Isn't SoJack Diamond and Company
All I Wanted Was the DreamJack Diamond

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Mark Hellinger Theatre

(12/26/1988 - 2/19/1989)


Christine Andreas
Alice Role was cut during previews
Bob Stillman
Eddie Diamond Role was cut during previews
(Oct 25, 1988 - Dec 4, 1988)

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