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Li'l Abner   

St. James Theatre, (11/15/1956 - 7/12/1958)
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Opening Date: Nov 15, 1956    
Closing Date: Jul 12, 1958 Total Performances: 693

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical comedy in two acts.
Setting: Dogpatch, U.S.A. and Washington, D.C.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank and Michael Kidd
Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank; Based on cartoon characters by Al Capp; Music by Gene de Paul; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; Musical Direction and Continuity: Lehman Engel; Vocals by Lehman Engel; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot
Directed by Michael Kidd; Choreographed by Michael Kidd
Scenic Design by William and Jean Eckart; Costume Design by Alvin Colt; Lighting Design by William and Jean Eckart
General Manager: Joseph Harris
Production Stage Manager: Terence Little; Stage Manager: Lawrence N. Kasha
Music Copyist: Thomas Brown; Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek
General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: Max Eisen; Advertising: Ingram Ash
Edith AdamsDaisy Mae
Stubby KayeMarryin' Sam
Peter PalmerL'il Abner
Charlotte RaeMammy Yokum
Howard St. JohnGen. Bullmoose
William LanteauAvailable Jones
Joe E. MarksPappy Yokum
Julie NewmarStupefyin' Jones
Stanley SimmondsDr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale
Carmen AlvarezMoonbeam McSwine
Margaret BaxterSinger
Chad BlockHairless Joe
Don BraswellSinger
Marc BreauxRomeo Scragg
Dr. Schleifitz
Joan CherofSinger
Pat CreightonWife
Grover DaleDancer
Lanier DavisPresident
State Department Man
Lillian D'HonauWife
Bonnie EvansWife
Joyce GladmondSinger
Jan GunnarEnsemble
Bern HoffmanEarthquake McGoon
Hope HolidayWife
Maureen HopkinsDancer
Jane HouseSinger
James HurstClem Scragg
Radio Commentator
James J. JeffriesButler
Lucky KargoEnsemble
Robert KarlDancer
Barbara KlopferDancer
Mario LammEnsemble
Ralph LinnDr. Krogmeyer
Tina LouiseAppassionata Von Climax
Richard MaitlandGovernment Man
Jack MatthewCrony
Radio Commentator
Robert McClureCrony
Radio Commentator
Anthony MordenteLonesome Polecat
Reed MorganEnsemble
Al NesorEvil Eye Fleagle
Oran OsburnMayor Dawgmeat
Tom PankoDancer
Louise PearlSinger
Christy PetersonDancer
George ReederColonel
Dr. Smithborn
George RitnerSinger
Anthony SaverinoAlf Scragg
Jeanette ScovottiSinger
Sharon ShoreDancer
Ted ThurstonSenator Phogbound
Aldo VenturaEnsemble
Rebecca VornoDancer
Robert WeinskoEnsemble
Deedee WoodWife
Understudies: Bob Barry (Pappy Yokum), Lanier Davis (Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale, Senator Phogbound), Lillian D'Honau (Stupefyin' Jones), Joyce Gladmond (Daisy Mae), Hope Holiday (Mammy Yokum), James Hurst (L'il Abner), James J. Jeffries (Marryin' Sam, Senator Phogbound), Robert Karl (Evil Eye Fleagle), Ralph Linn (Available Jones), Oran Osburn (Earthquake McGoon, Gen. Bullmoose) and Deedee Wood (Appassionata Von Climax)
Theatre World
winner 1958 Award [recipient] 
  Wynne Miller
winner 1957 Award [recipient] 
  Peter Palmer
Tony Award®
winner 1957 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Edith Adams
 1957 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Alvin Colt
winner 1957 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Michael Kidd
music by Gene de Paul; lyrics by Johnny Mercer
ACT 1 Sung By
A Typical DayDogpatchers
If I Had My DruthersL'il Abner and Cronies
If I Had My Druthers (Reprise) Daisy Mae
Jubilation T. CornponeMarryin' Sam and Dogpatchers
Rag Offen the BushDogpatchers
Namely YouDaisy Mae and L'il Abner
Unnecessary TownL'il Abner, Daisy Mae and Dogpatchers
What's Good for General BullmooseSecretaries
The Country's in the Very Best of HandsL'il Abner and Marryin' Sam
Sadie Hawkins Day (Ballet)Dogpatchers
ACT 2 Sung By
Oh Happy DayDr. Finsdale, Dr. Smithborn, Dr. Krogmeyer and Dr. Schleifitz
I'm Past My PrimeDaisy Mae and Marryin' Sam
Love in a HomeL'il Abner and Daisy Mae
Progress Is the Root of All EvilGen. Bullmoose
Progress Is the Root of All Evil (Reprise) Gen. Bullmoose
Put 'Em BackWives
Namely You (Reprise) Daisy Mae
The Matrimonial StompMarryin' Sam and Dogpatchers
FinaleEntire Company