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House of Flowers   

Alvin Theatre, (12/30/1954 - 5/21/1955)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: Dec 30, 1954    
Closing Date: May 21, 1955 Total Performances: 165

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: An Island somewhere in the French West Indies during a Mardi-Gras weekend.


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Leased by Herman Bernstein
Produced by Saint Subber
Book by Truman Capote; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen; Musical Director: Jerry Arlen; Music orchestrated by Ted Royal; Additional lyrics for "Indoor Girl" by Michael Brown; Vocal arrangements by Peter Matz; Dance arrangements by Peter Matz
Directed by Peter Brook; Choreographed by Herbert Ross; Banda dance choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
Scenic Design by Oliver Messel; Costume Design by Oliver Messel; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal
General Manager: C. Edwin Knill
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Victor; Stage Manager: John Barry Ryan and John Scott
Steel Band Member: Michael Alexander, Roderick Clavery and Alphonso Marshall; Music Contractor: Sidney Rich
General Press Representative: Dorothy Ross; Press Representative: Betty Lee Hunt; Advertising Consultant: Ingram Ash; Casting Consultant: Monte Kay
Cast
Pearl Bailey
Madame Fleur
Alvin Ailey
Alvin
Miriam Burton
Mother
Duchess of the Sea
Diahann Carroll
Broadway debut
Ottilie alias Violet
Leu Comacho
One of the Sisters Meringue
Joseph Comadore
Townsperson
Carmen De Lavallade
Carmen
Dino DiLuca
Monsieur Jamison
Hubert Dilworth
Townsperson
Solomon Earl Green
Don't
Juanita Hall
Madame Tango
Dolores Harper
Tulip
Winston George Henriques
Do
Phillip Hepburn
Townsperson
Geoffrey Holder
The Champion
Louis Johnson
Townsperson
Cristyne Lawson
Townsperson
Mary Louise
Townsperson
Don McKayle
Townsperson
Arthur Mitchell
Townsperson
Mary Mon Toy
Mamselle Honolulu
Ada Moore
Gladiola
Enid Mosier
Pansy
Walter Nicks
Townsperson
Frederick O'Neal
The Houngan
Albert Popwell
Townsperson
Don Redman
Chief of Police
Pearl Reynolds
Mamselle Ibo-Lele
Sabu
Townsperson
Margot Small
One of the Sisters Meringue
Rawn Spearman
Royal
Herbert Stubbs
Townsperson
Glory Van Scott
Mamselle Cigarette
Ray Walston
Captain Jonas
Understudies: Miriam Burton (Madame Tango), Hubert Dilworth (The Houngan), Cristyne Lawson (Tango Belle), Mary Louise (Gladiola, Ottilie alias Violet), Ada Moore (Madame Fleur), Walter Nicks (Chief of Police), Albert Popwell (The Champion), Bill Sharron (Captain Jonas, Monsieur Jamison), Herbert Stubbs (Royal) and Glory Van Scott (Pansy)
Tony Award®
winner 1955 Best Scenic Design [winner]
Oliver Messel
music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
Waitin' Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
One Man Ain't Quite Enough Madame Fleur
Madame Tango's Tango Madame Tango and Tango Belles
A Sleepin' Bee Ottilie alias Violet, Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
Bamboo Cage The Champion, The Steel Band, Do, Don't, Pansy, Tulip, Gladiola, Madame Tango, Chief of Police and The Ensemble
House of Flowers Royal and Ottilie alias Violet
Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree Pansy, Gladiola, Carmen, Tulip and The Ensemble
What Is a Friend For? Madame Fleur
A Sleepin' Bee (Reprise) Ottilie alias Violet and Royal
Mardi Gras Mother, Carmen, Alvin and The Ensemble
I Never Has Seen Snow Ottilie alias Violet
ACT 2 Sung By
Husband Cage Pansy, Tulip, Gladiola and Ensemble
Indoor Girl
(lyrics by Michael Brown)
Madame Fleur
Has I Let You Down? Madame Fleur, Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
Voudou The Houngan and The Ensemble
Slide, Boy, Slide Madame Tango, Alvin and The Ensemble
Don't Like Goodbyes Madame Fleur
Turtle Song Royal, Ottilie alias Violet and The Ensemble
Bamboo Cage (Reprise) The Entire Company and The Ensemble
Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree (Reprise) The Entire Company