Broadhurst Theatre, (5/03/1993 - 7/01/1995)

First Preview: Apr 19, 1993
Opening Date: May 03, 1993
Closing Date: Jul 01, 1995
Total Previews: 16
Total Performances: 904

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: A prison in Latin America, sometime in the recent past.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Livent, Inc.

Book by Terrence McNally; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Based on the novel by Manuel Puig; Music orchestrated by Michael Gibson; Dance music by David Krane

Directed by Harold Prince; Choreographed by Vincent Paterson; Additional choreography by Rob Marshall

Scenic Design by Jerome Sirlin; Costume Design by Florence Klotz; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Martin Levan; Projection Design by Jerome Sirlin; Associate Costume Design: Domingo Rodriguez; Associate Lighting Design: Peter West

General Manager: Frank P. Scardino; Company Manager: Jim Brandeberry

Production Stage Manager: Beverley Randolph; Technical Director: Don Finlayson; Technical Supervisor: Christopher C. Smith; Stage Manager: Clayton Phillips

Musical Supervisor: Jeffrey Huard; Conducted by Jeffrey Huard; Musical Coordinator: John Monaco; Music Preparation: Evan Morris, Donald Oliver and Chelsea Music Services, Inc.; Concert Mistress: Susan Follari; 1st Trumpet: Jeffrey Kievit; 2nd Trumpet: Larry Lunetta; Trombone: Porter Poindexter; French Horn: Kate Dennis and Susan Panny; Reed I: Alva Hunt; Reed II: Mort Silver; Reed III: Richard Heckman; Reed IV: Ken Berger; Bass: John Babich; Drums: John Redsecker; Percussion: Mark Sherman; Keyboard I: Jeffrey Saver; Keyboard II: Gregory Dlugos; Viola I: Susan Follari; Viola II: Ann Barak; Viola III: Maxine Roach; Viola IV: Katherine Sinsabaugh; Cello: Caryl Paisner; Electronic Music Consultant: Andrew Barrett

Assistant to Mr. Prince: Ruth Mitchell; Casting: Johnson-Liff & Zerman; Livent Resident Director: Anne Allan; Livent Casting Director: Beth Russell; General Press Representative (US): Mary Bryant; General Press Representative (Canada): Norman Zagier; Dance Captain: Keith McDaniel; Advertising: LeDonne, Wilner, & Weiner, Inc.; Photographer: Martha Swope; Press Associate: William Wolfe

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Opening Night Cast

Brent Carver
Broadway debut
Anthony CrivelloValentin
Chita RiveraSpider Woman / Aurora
(Apr 19, 1993 - Jun 25, 1994)
Kirsti CarnahanMarta
Herndon LackeyWarden
Merle LouiseMolina's Mother
Jerry Christakos
Broadway debut
Joshua Finkel
Broadway debut
Amnesty International Observer
Prisoner Emilio
Colton GreenEscaping Prisoner
Philip Hernández
Broadway debut
Michael McCormickMarcos
Keith McDanielAurora's Man
Robert MontanoAurora's Man
Dan O'GradyAurora's Man
Aurelio PadronWindow Dresser at Montoya's
Raymond Rodriguez
Broadway debut
Aurora's Man
Gary SchwartzPrisoner Fuentes
John Norman ThomasReligious Fanatic

Swings: Colton Green and Gregory Mitchell

Standby: Lorraine Foreman (Molina's Mother) and Dorothy Stanley (Marta, Spider Woman / Aurora)

Understudies: Joshua Finkel (Molina), Philip Hernández (Valentin), Michael McCormick (Warden), Dan O'Grady (Gabriel), Gary Schwartz (Amnesty International Observer, Esteban, Valentin) and John Norman Thomas (Marcos)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1993 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Livent, Inc.

winner 1993 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Terrence McNally

winner 1993 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

winner 1993 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Brent Carver

winner 1993 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Chita Rivera

winner 1993 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Anthony Crivello

 1993 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Jerome Sirlin

winner 1993 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Florence Klotz

 1993 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Howell Binkley

 1993 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Vincent Paterson

 1993 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Marshall

 1993 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Harold Prince

Drama Desk Award

winner 1993 Outstanding Musical [winner] 

Produced by Livent, Inc.

winner 1993 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Brent Carver

winner 1993 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Chita Rivera

winner 1993 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by John Kander

winner 1993 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Florence Klotz

 1993 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Jerome Sirlin

Theatre World

winner 1995 Award [recipient] 

Vanessa Williams

winner 1993 Award [recipient] 

Brent Carver


music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

ACT 1 Sung By
PrologueSpider Woman and Prisoners
Her Name Is AuroraMolina, Aurora, Aurora's Men and Prisoners
Over the WallPrisoners
Dressing Them Up / I Draw the LineMolina and Valentin
Dear OneMolina's Mother, Marta, Valentin and Molina
Over the Wall IIPrisoners, Molina and Valentin
Where You AreAurora, Aurora's Man and Prisoners
Over the Wall III -- MartaValentin and Prisoners
ComeSpider Woman
I Do MiraclesAurora and Marta
Gabriel's Letter / My First WomanGabriel and Valentin
Morphine TangoOrderlies
You Could Never Shame MeMolina's Mother
A VisitSpider Woman and Molina
She's a WomanMolina
Gimme LoveAurora, Molina and Aurora's Men
ACT 2 Sung By
Russian Movie / Good TimesAurora, Molina and Valentin
The Day After ThatValentin and Families of the Disappeared
Mama, It's MeMolina
Anything for HimSpider Woman, Molina and Valentin
Kiss of the SpiderwomanSpider Woman
Over the Wall IV -- Lucky MolinaWarden and Prisoners
Only in the MoviesMolina and the People in His Life

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Broadhurst Theatre

(5/3/1993 - 7/1/1995)
Musical Director: Gregory J. Dlugos.

Ms. Williams' Makeup Designer and Artist: Kate Best.

Company Manager: Alan R. Markinson.

Production Stage Manager: Bonnie Panson; Stage Manager: Michael Pule; Assistant Stage Mgr: Dale Kaufman, Bonnie Metzgar.

Conducted by Gregory J. Dlugos; Assistant Conductor: Jeffrey Saver; Conducted by Ted Sperling; Assistant Conductor: Gregory Dlugos.

Dance Captain: Dan O'Grady; Assistant Dance Captain: Nancy Hess.


John Aller
Window Dresser at Montoya's
Maria Conchita Alonso
Spider Woman / Aurora (Mar 20, 1995 - Jul 1, 1995)
Adrian Bailey
Jeff Bannon
Amnesty International Observer
Prisoner Emilio
Darius de Haas
Vincent D'Elia
Prisoner Fuentes
Robert DuSold
Religious Fanatic
Jeff Hyslop
Carol Lawrence
During Chita Rivera's vacation
Spider Woman / Aurora (Nov 8, 1993 - Nov 13, 1993)
During Chita Rivera's vacationSpider Woman / Aurora (Feb 21, 1994 - Feb 26, 1994)
Howard McGillin
Molina (Jun 6, 1994 - ?)
Brian Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell
Aurora's Man
Robert Montano
Window Dresser at Montoya's
Troy Myers
Escaping Prisoner
Raymond Rodriguez
Tortured Prisoner
Bob Stillman
Amnesty International Observer
Prisoner Emilio
Mimi Turque
Molina's Mother
Vanessa Williams
Spider Woman / Aurora (Jun 27, 1994 - Mar 18, 1995)

Swings: Mark Bove, David Marques (Partial Swing), Richard Montoya.

Standbys: Barbara Andres (Molina's Mother), Juan Chioran (Molina), Nancy Hess (Marta, Spider Woman / Aurora), Judy McLane (Marta), Stephanie Pope (Marta, Spider Woman / Aurora).

Understudies: Vincent D'Elia (Esteban), Colton Green (Amnesty International Observer), Bob Stillman (Molina).

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