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The Happiest Girl in the World   

Martin Beck Theatre, (4/03/1961 - 6/24/1961)
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Opening Date: Apr 03, 1961    
Closing Date: Jun 24, 1961 Total Performances: 96

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: 400 B.C. Athens.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Martin Beck Estate; Martin Beck Theatre General Manager: Louis A. Lotito
Produced by Lee Guber
Book by Fred Saidy and Henry Myers; Based on "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes; Based on stories of Greek mythology by Bullfinch; Story by E.Y. Harburg; Music by Jacques Offenbach; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Musical Director: Robert DeCormier; Vocal arrangements by Robert DeCormier; Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Hershy Kay; Dance arrangements by Gerald Alters
Directed by Cyril Ritchard; Choreographed by Dania Krupska
Scenic Design by William and Jean Eckart; Costume Design by Robert Fletcher; Lighting Design by William and Jean Eckart; Hair Design by Ronald De Mann
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss; Business Manager: Albert H. Rosen
Production Stage Manager: Henri Caubisens; Stage Manager: Herman Magidson
Musical research by Jay Gorney; Electronic Tonalities by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron; Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff
Press Representative: Bill Doll; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner and Associates
Cyril RitchardChief of State
A Heckler
A Gay Blade
A Wine Smuggler
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A Playwright
An Ambassador
Janice RuleDiana
Dran SeitzLysistrata
Bruce YarnellGeneral Kinesias
Bill AtkinsonDancer
Don AtkinsonA Herald
Ellen BerseSinger
Bonnie BrandonDancer
Candace CaldwellDancer
David CanaryHector
Joy Claussen
Broadway debut
Don Crabtree2d Minister
Grant DelaneyDancer
Norma DonaldsonDaphne
Victor DuntiereDancer
Natasha GrishinDancer
Judith HaskellDancer
Lisa JamesDancer
Gloria KayeDancer
Lainie KazanTheodora
Michael KermoyanJupiter
Jeff KillionSinger
Louis KosmanDancer
Leonora LanzillottiSinger
Lu LeonardJuno
Susan MayDancer
Paul MerrillSinger
Rita MetzgerPhoebe
Carmen MoralesDancer
Theodore MorillSinger
John NapierCaptain Crito
Janice PainchaudRhodope
Alton Ruff1st Courier
Kenneth ScottDancer
Ron SequoioDancer
Elaine SpauldingSinger
Ron Stratton2d Courier
Ted Thurston1st Minister
Arthur TookoyanSinger
Mark TullySinger
Maura K. WedgeSpartan Woman
John WheelerAtaraxohymonides
Nancy WindsorSentinal
Richard Winter3d Minister
Standby: Leila Martin (Diana, Lysistrata)
Understudies: David Canary (Apollo, Captain Crito), Renato Cibelli (2d Minister, Jupiter), Judith Haskell (Diana), Lainie Kazan (Juno, Myrrhina, Spartan Woman), Michael Kermoyan (General Kinesias), Rita Metzger (Amaryllis, Aphrodite), Alton Ruff (Mercury), Ted Thurston (A Gay Blade, A Heckler, A Playwright, A Wine Smuggler, An Ambassador, Chief of State, Pluto, The Pied Piper of Hamelin), Arthur Tookoyan (3d Minister, Sergeant), Maura K. Wedge (Phoebe) and John Wheeler (1st Minister, Bacchus)
Tony Award®
 1962 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Dania Krupska
Theatre World
winner 1961 Award [recipient] 
  Bruce Yarnell
music by Jacques Offenbach; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
ACT 1 Sung By
Cheers For the HeroEnsemble
The Glory That is GreeceChief of State, General Kinesias and Ensemble
The Happiest Girl in the WorldLysistrata and General Kinesias
The Greek MarineChief of State, Ministers and Soldiers
Shall We Say FarewellLysistrata
Never Be-Devil the DevilPluto
Whatever They May BeDiana and the Gods
EurekaJupiter and the Gods
Diana's Arrival in AthensDiana
The OathLysistrata and Women
The Happiest Girl in the World (Reprise) Dancer
Diana's TransformationPluto, Diana and Two Suitors
Vive la Virtue!Pluto and Diana
Adrift on a StarLysistrata and General Kinesias
The Happiest Girl in the World (Reprise) Lysistrata and General Kinesias
FinaleLysistrata, General Kinesias and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
That'll Be the DayMen
How Soon, Oh Moon?Lysistrata, Sentinal and Women
Love-Sick SerenadePluto and Myrrhina
Five Minutes of SpringGeneral Kinesias, Lysistrata and Diana
The Greek Marine (Reprise) Soldiers
Five Minutes of Spring (Reprise) Soldiers
Never Trust a VirginPluto and Women
Entrance of the CourtesansWomen
The Pied Piper's Can-CanPluto and Dancers
Vive la Virtue! (Reprise) Pluto and Diana
FinaleEntire Company