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John Murray Anderson's Almanac   
A Musical Harlequinade

 
Imperial Theatre , (12/10/1953 - 6/26/1954)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date:Dec 10, 1953   
Closing Date:Jun 26, 1954 Total Performances:229

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by Michael Grace, Stanley Gilkey and Harry Rigby
Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; Additional music by Cy Coleman, Michael Grace, Joseph McCarthy, Henry Sullivan, John Rox, Bart Howard and Harry Belafonte; Sketches by Jean Kerr, Sumner Locke-Elliott, Arthur Macrae, Herbert Farjeon, Lauri Wylie and Billy K. Wells; Additional lyrics by Cy Coleman, Michael Grace, Joseph McCarthy, Henry Sullivan, John Rox, Bart Howard and Harry Belafonte; Musical Director: Buster Davis; Music orchestrated by Ted Royal; Vocal arrangements by Buster Davis; Dance arrangements by Gerald Alters; Assistant to Mr. Davis: David Sackson
Conceived by John Murray Anderson; Staged by John Murray Anderson; Sketches Directed by Cyril Ritchard; Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Donald Saddler
Scenic Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Costume Design by Thomas Becher; Assistant to Mr. Du Bois: Mason Arvold
Company Manager: Manning Gurian
Production Stage Manager: Arthur Barkow; Stage Manager: Perry Bruskin and Dennis Murray
Press Representative: Sol Jacobson and Lewis Harmon; Production Assistant: Frank Bradley; Assistant to Mr. Grace: Sheila Devlin; Assistant to Mr. Gilkey: Gertrude Appelbaum; Assistant to Mr. Rigby: Herbert Jacoby; Assistant to Mr. Saddler: Albia Kavan
Cast
Harry Belafonte Singer of "Mark Twain"
Singer of "Acorn in the Meadow"
Singer of "Hold 'Em Joe"
Polly Bergen Meg
Hope You Come Back
Billy DeWolfe David
My Cousin Who?
Mrs. B
European Express
Laurie
Hope You Come Back
Cornelius
La Pistachio
The Butler
Dinner for One
Hermione Gingold Miss Reingold
The Coronation
The Cellist
The Cello
Mrs. A
European Express
Singer of "Which Witch?"
The Lady
Dinner for One
Bobo
La Pistachio
Amy
Hope You Come Back
Orson Bean Mike Hammer
Don Brown's Body
The New Manager
Cartoon
Singer of "Merry Little Minuet"
Chinese Monologue performer
Polly Bergen Singer of "The Earth and the Sky"
Singer of "I Dare to Dream"
Singer of "Fini"
La Loge
Jimmy Albright Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Butler
My Cousin Who?
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Lee Becker Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Train Bearer
Ziegfeldiana
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Hank Brunjes Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Bridegroom
The Coronation
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Carleton Carpenter Harlequin
Prologue: Harlequinade
The Pierrot of 1953
You're So Much a Part of Me
Man
Don Brown's Body
The Song Plugger
Tin Pan Alley
Singer & Dancer, "When Am I Going to Meet Your Mother?"
Ronald Cecill Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Bridegroom
The Coronation
Butler
My Cousin Who?
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Dean Crane Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Witch Doctor
My Cousin Who?
The Student
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Nanci Crompton Columbine
Prologue: Harlequinade
The Nightingale
The Nightingale and the Rose
Beth
Hope You Come Back
The Bouquet
Ziegfeldiana
Imelda De Martin Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Train Bearer
Ziegfeldiana
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Billy DeWolfe The Butler
Dinner for One
Elaine Dunn The Pierrette of 1953
You're So Much a Part of Me
Jo
Hope You Come Back
Singer & Dancer, "When Am I Going to Meet Your Mother?"
Dorothy Dushock Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Train Bearer
Ziegfeldiana
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Hermione Gingold Amy
Hope You Come Back
Jay Harnick Bridegroom
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
The Man in the Box
La Loge
Sedan Chair Bearer
Harry Mimmo
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Colleen Hutchins Queen
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Spring Bride
Ziegfeldiana
Second Secretary
Cartoon
Dancer in "Hold 'Em Joe"
James Jewell Pierrot
Prologue: Harlequinade
Singer of "Nightingale, Bring Me a Rose"
Larry Kert Bridegroom
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Sedan Chair Bearer
Harry Mimmo
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Bob Kole Bridegroom
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Gerard Leavitt Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Bridegroom
The Coronation
The Prince
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Celia Lipton Pierrette
Prologue: Harlequinade
Rebecca
My Cousin Who?
The Story Teller
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer of "If Every Month Were June"
Ziegfeldiana
Greb Lober Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Tina Louise Queen
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Lady
Harry Mimmo
Ralph McWilliams Pierrot Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Bridegroom
The Coronation
Butler
My Cousin Who?
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Kay Medford Sally Duprey
Don Brown's Body
Marmee
Hope You Come Back
First Secretary
Cartoon
Fifi
La Pistachio
Jacqueline Mickles Queen
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
The Autumn Bride
Ziegfeldiana
Lady
Harry Mimmo
Harry Mimmo Puncinello
Prologue: Harlequinade
Illona Murai Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Louise
My Cousin Who?
Dancer in "Hold 'Em Joe"
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Margot Myers Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
The Coquette
The Nightingale and the Rose
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Gwen Neilson Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Maid
My Cousin Who?
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Train Bearer
Ziegfeldiana
George Reeder Bridegroom
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Dancer in "Hold 'Em Joe"
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Siri Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Summer Bride
Ziegfeldiana
Gloria Smith Pierrette Ensemble
Prologue: Harlequinade
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
Dancer in "Hold 'Em Joe"
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Millard Thomas Guitarist for "Mark Twain"
Kenneth Urmston Butler
My Cousin Who?
Singer in "Tin Pan Alley"
Monique Van Vooren Queen
The Coronation
Chorus
Don Brown's Body
Guest at the Ball
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Winter Bride
Ziegfeldiana
Lady
Harry Mimmo
Dancer in "Hold 'Em Joe"
Toni Wheelis Maid
My Cousin Who?
Understudies: Imelda De Martin (Beth, Columbine, The Bouquet, The Nightingale), Kenneth Harvey (Cornelius, David, Laurie, Mrs. B, The Butler), Larry Kert (Dancer, Harlequin, Man, Singer, The Pierrot of 1953, The Song Plugger), Gwen Neilson (Dancer, Jo, Singer, The Pierrette of 1953), Alice Pearce (Amy, Bobo, Miss Reingold, Mrs. A, Singer, The Cellist, The Lady) and Toni Wheelis (Dancer, Jo, Singer, The Pierrette of 1953)
Theatre World
nominee 1954 Award [recipient]
Orson Bean
nominee 1954 Award [recipient]
Harry Belafonte
Tony Award®
winner 1954 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Harry Belafonte

ACT 1
Queen for a Day
My Cousin Who?
You're So Much a Part of Me
I Dare to Dream
The Cello
Mark Twain
The Nightingale and the Rose
My Love is a Wanderer
The Pan Alley
Mammy Songs
Rhythm Songs
Torch Songs
Patriotic Songs
Hope you Come Back
ACT 2
If Every Month Were June
Which Witch
La Loge
Acorn in the Meadow
When Am I Going to Meet your Mother?
Dinner for One
Hold 'em Joe
La Pistachio