The Life


The New Musical


Ethel Barrymore Theatre, (4/26/1997 - 6/07/1998)

First Preview: Apr 08, 1997
Opening Date: Apr 26, 1997
Closing Date: Jun 07, 1998
Total Previews: 21
Total Performances: 466

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Around 42nd Street. Then.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers; Associate Producer: Frank Tarsia

Originally produced in New York City by Westbeth Theater Center (Arnold Engelman, Producing Director)

Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Ira Gasman; Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman; Based on an original idea by Ira Gasman; Musical Director: Gordon Lowry Harrell; Music orchestrated by Don Sebesky and Harold Wheeler; Vocal arrangements by Cy Coleman and Doug Katsaros; Dance arrangements by Cy Coleman and Doug Katsaros

Directed by Michael Blakemore; Choreographed by Joey McKneely

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow; Associate Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Bobby H. Grayson; Make-Up Design by Kathy Pomerantz

General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: David Richards and Barbara Crompton

Production Supervisor: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Àra Marx; Technical Supervision: Neil Mazzella

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Gordon Lowry Harrell; Associate Conductor: Joseph Baker; Guitar: David Spinozza; Drums: Warren Odze; Bass: Gary Haase; Keyboards: Mark Berman and Joseph Baker; Percussion: Dave Yee; Trumpet: Gregory L. Gisbert and Hollis Burridge; Woodwinds: Mike Migliore, Tom Christensen and Dale Kleps; Music Copying: A Notable Company Ltd. and Katharine Edmonds

Fight direction by B. H. Barry; Dance Captain: Lynn Sterling; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Press Agent: The Jacksina Company; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Leanne Schanzer Promotions; Photographer: Carol Rosegg

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Opening Night Cast

Vernel BagnerisLacy
Mark BoveBobby
Cop
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Chuck CooperMemphis
Felicia FinleyApril
Ensemble
Chris GhelfiEnsemble
Michael Gregory GongOddjob
Shoeshine
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Katy GrenfellFrenchie
Ensemble
Sam HarrisJojo
Rich HebertLou
Pamela IsaacsQueen
Stephanie Michels
Broadway debut
Doll House Dancer
Ensemble
Kevin RamseyFleetwood
Judine RichárdTracy
Street Evangelist
Ensemble
Rudy RobersonSilky
Street Evangelist
Enrique
Ensemble
Lynn SterlingCarmen
Ensemble
Mark Anthony Taylor
Broadway debut
Slick
Street Evangelist
Shatellia
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Gordon Joseph WeissSnickers
Lillias WhiteSonja
Sharon Wilkins
Broadway debut
Chichi
Ensemble
Bellamy Young
Broadway debut
Mary

Swings: Tracy Nicole Chapman

Understudies: Michael Brian (Jojo, Lou, Snickers), Tracy Nicole Chapman (Queen), Felicia Finley (Mary), Kimberly Hawthorne (Queen), Stephanie Michels (Mary), Rudy Roberson (Lacy), James Stovall (Fleetwood, Memphis, Silky) and Sharon Wilkins (Sonja)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1997 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers

 1997 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman

 1997 Best Original Musical Score [nominee] 

Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Ira Gasman

 1997 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Pamela Isaacs

winner 1997 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Chuck Cooper

 1997 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Sam Harris

winner 1997 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Lillias White

 1997 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

 1997 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Richard Pilbrow

 1997 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Joey McKneely

 1997 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Blakemore

 1997 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

 1997 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Don Sebesky

Drama Desk Award

winner 1997 Outstanding New Musical [winner] 

Produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers

 1997 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Pamela Isaacs

 1997 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Sam Harris

winner 1997 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Lillias White

 1997 Outstanding Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Blakemore

 1997 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Don Sebesky

 1997 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

winner 1997 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Cy Coleman

 1997 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Martin Pakledinaz

 1997 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Richard Pilbrow

Songs

music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Ira Gasman

ACT 1 Sung By
Check It Out!The Company
Use What You GotJojo and The Company
A Lovely Day To Be Out Of JailQueen and Sonja
A Piece Of The ActionFleetwood
The Oldest ProfessionSonja
Don't Take MuchMemphis
Go HomeQueen and Mary
You Can't Get To HeavenQueen, Sonja and Street Evangelists
My BodyFrenchie, Chichi, Tracy, Carmen, Sonja, Queen and April
Why Don't They Leave Us AloneOddjob, Bobby, Silky, Slick, Snickers, April, Carmen, Chichi, Frenchie, Queen, Sonja and Tracy
Easy MoneyMary, Jojo and Fleetwood
He's No GoodQueen
I'm Leaving YouQueen
The Hooker's BallLacy and The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Step Right UpEnrique, Slick, Oddjob and Bobby
Mr. GreedJojo, Bobby, Enrique, Oddjob and Slick
My Way Or The HighwayMemphis and Queen
People MagazineLou and Mary
We Had A DreamQueen
Use What You Got (Reprise) Mary, Lou and Jojo
Someday' Is For SuckersSonja, Frenchie, April, Shatellia, Carmen and Chichi
My FriendQueen and Sonja
We Gotta GoFleetwood and Queen
Check It Out! (Reprise) The Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Ethel Barrymore Theatre

(4/26/1997 - 6/7/1998)

Cast

Joshua Bergasse
Ensemble
Oddjob
Shoeshine
Michael Brian
Jojo
Christopher F. Davis
Shatellia
Slick
Street Evangelist
Brian Lane Green
Jojo
Kate Levering
Ensemble
April
Rommy Sandhu
Ensemble
James Stovall
Memphis




Standbys: Sal Viviano (Jojo).

Understudies: Heather Brown (Queen), David Aron Damane (Fleetwood, Lacy, Memphis), Kate Levering (Mary), Devin Richards (Fleetwood, Lacy, Memphis), Carla Renata Williams (Sonja).


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