Royale Theatre, (10/23/1997 - 1/04/1998)

First Preview: Sep 27, 1997
Opening Date: Oct 23, 1997
Closing Date: Jan 04, 1998
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 85

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: The garden retreat of the philosopher Hermocrates, an 18th century Greco-French topiary labyrinth.

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 Margo Lion, Metropolitan Entertainment Group and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with PACE Theatrical Group, Inc., The Baruch-Frankel-Viertel Group, Alex Hitz, Center Stage (Irene Lewis, Artistic Director; Peter W. Culman, Managing Director) and Yale Repertory Theatre (Stan Wojewodski, Jr., Artistic Director); Associate Producer: Charles Kelman Productions, Inc. and Marc Routh

Originally produced by Center Stage (Irene Lewis, Artistic Director; Peter W. Culman, Managing Director) and Yale Repertory Theatre (Stan Wojewodski, Jr., Artistic Director)

Book by James Magruder; Music by Jeffrey Stock; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead; Based on the play by Marivaux; Music orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin; Musical Director: Patrick Brady; Music arranged by Michael Kosarin

Directed by Michael Mayer; Choreographed by Doug Varone

Scenic Design by Heidi Ettinger; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Wig & Hair Design by Paul Huntley; Ms. Buckely's Make-Up Design by B.J. Giwan; Make-Up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone; Associate Scenic Design: Richard Jaris; Associate Lighting Design: David Weiner

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: David Auster

Production Manager: Peter Fulbright; Technical Supervisor: Tech Production Services, Inc., Elliot Bertoni, Robert Shuck and Mary Duffe; Production Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi; Stage Manager: Gary Mickelson

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Music Supervisor: Michael Kosarin; Conducted by Patrick S. Brady; Associate Conductor: Larry Spivack; Keyboard: Patrick S. Brady; Concert Master: Rick Dolan; Viola: Richard Brice; Cello: Chungsun Kim; Woodwind: Chuck Wilson, Rick Heckman and Frank Santagata; Bass: William Sloat; Horn: Katie Dennis; Trumpet: Terry Szor; Percussion: Larry Spivack; Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation; Synthesizer Programmer: Bruce Samuels

Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing Director: Keith Hurd; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

F. Murray AbrahamHermocrates
a philosopher, brother to Hesione
Betty BuckleyHesione
Agis' aunt, a philosopher
Susan EganPrincess Léonide
Roger BartHarlequin
the valet
Kevin ChamberlinDimas
the gardener
Nancy OpelCorine
Léonide's maid servant
Christopher SieberAgis
a student of reason

Standby: Michele Pawk (Hesione)

Understudies: Paul Harman (Dimas, Harlequin, Hermocrates), Tom Plotkin (Agis, Dimas, Harlequin) and Christianne Tisdale (Corine, Princess Léonide)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1998 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Betty Buckley

Drama Desk Award

 1998 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Betty Buckley

 1998 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

 1998 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Catherine Zuber

Songs

music by Jeffrey Stock; lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
This Day of DaysHesione (Agis' aunt, a philosopher), Harlequin (the valet), Dimas (the gardener), Agis (a student of reason) and Hermocrates (a philosopher, brother to Hesione)
AnythingPrincess Léonide
The Bond that Can't Be BrokenPrincess Léonide and Agis (a student of reason)
Mr. Right
(music by Van Dyke Parks)
Corine (Léonide's maid servant) and Harlequin (the valet)
You May Call Me PhocionPrincess Léonide and Hesione (Agis' aunt, a philosopher)
Mr. Right (Reprise)
(music by Van Dyke Parks)
Corine (Léonide's maid servant) and Dimas (the gardener)
EmotionsHermocrates (a philosopher, brother to Hesione) and Princess Léonide
The Sad and Sordid Saga of CécilePrincess Léonide, Agis (a student of reason), Corine (Léonide's maid servant), Harlequin (the valet) and Dimas (the gardener)
SerenityHesione (Agis' aunt, a philosopher)
Issue in QuestionAgis (a student of reason)
Teach Me Not to Love YouThe Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Have A Little Faith
(music by Michael Kosarin)
Corine (Léonide's maid servant), Princess Léonide, Harlequin (the valet) and Dimas (the gardener)
The TreeHesione (Agis' aunt, a philosopher) and Hermocrates (a philosopher, brother to Hesione)
What Have I Done?Princess Léonide
Henchmen Are ForgottenHarlequin (the valet), Dimas (the gardener) and Corine (Léonide's maid servant)
Love Won't Take No For An AnswerHermocrates (a philosopher, brother to Hesione), Hesione (Agis' aunt, a philosopher) and Agis (a student of reason)
This Day of Days (Reprise) Princess Léonide, Agis (a student of reason), Corine (Léonide's maid servant), Harlequin (the valet) and Dimas (the gardener)

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Royale Theatre

(10/23/1997 - 1/4/1998)

Cast

Alix Korey
During Betty Buckley's vacation
Hesione
Agis' aunt, a philosopher
Michele Pawk
Hesione
Agis' aunt, a philosopher

Understudies: Alix Korey (Corine, Hesione).


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