Jamaica | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information


IBDB: Internet Broadway Database Policies About the Internet Broadway Database Help FAQ/Contact the Internet Broadway Database
  Home Shows People Theatres Characters Awards Songs grosses  
The Broadway League

Official Broadway League sites:

Quick Search For:   In This Category:  


Imperial Theatre, (10/31/1957 - 4/11/1959)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: Oct 31, 1957    
Closing Date: Apr 11, 1959 Total Performances: 555

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Pigeon Island, a mythical island off Jamaica. Time, the present.
Comments: On layoff from June 28 - August 11, 1958.

Production Staff [See More]
Produced by David Merrick
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Musical Direction, Continuity, and Vocals by Lehman Engel; Dance Music and Additional Vocals by Peter Matz; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang
Directed by Robert Lewis; Choreographed by Jack Cole
Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Miles White; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal; Hair Stylist: Ernest Adler
General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight
Production Stage Manager: Neil Hartley; Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell
Orchestra Personnel Manager: Sol Gusikoff
General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: David Powers; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden
Lena Horne
Broadway debut
Ricardo MontalbanKoli
Adelaide HallGrandma Obeah
Josephine PremiceGinger
Joe AdamsJoe Nashua
Alvin AileyLead Dancer
Ethel AylerIsland Woman
Adelaide BoatnerIsland Woman
George BorelandIslander
Hugh BryantIslander
Herb ColemanIslander
Jayne CraddockIslander
Ossie DavisCicero
Hugh DilworthHucklebuck
Norma DonaldsonIslander
Patricia DunnIslander
Doris GaliberIslander
Frank GlassIslander
Harold GordonIslander
Lavinia HamiltonIslander
Sandra HintonIslander
Nat HorneIslander
Albert JohnsonIslander
Chailendra JonesIslander
Cristyne LawsonLead Dancer
Tony Martinez1st Ship's Officer
Audrey MasonIslander
Jim McMillanIslander
Charles MooreIslander
Sally NealIslander
Pearl ReynoldsIslander
Erik RhodesThe Governor
Allen RichardsDock Worker
Augustine RiosQuico
Alan ShayneRadio Announcer
Christine SpencerIslander
Carolyn StanfordIslander
Claude ThompsonIslander
Roy ThompsonSnodgrass
Ben VargasIslander
Jacqueline WalcottIslander
James E. WallLancaster
Billy WilsonIslander
Barbara WrightIslander
Michael Wright2nd Ship's Officer
Understudies: Ethel Ayler (Savannah), Charles Blackwell (Joe Nashua), Adelaide Boatner (Grandma Obeah), Hugh Bryant (Koli, Radio Announcer), Virginia Capers (Grandma Obeah), Herb Coleman (Quico), Alan Shayne (Koli, The Governor), Roy Thompson (Joe Nashua), Jacqueline Walcott (Ginger) and James E. Wall (Cicero)
Tony Award®
 1958 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy ;  Music by Harold Arlen ;  Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg ;  Produced by David Merrick
 1958 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Ricardo Montalban
 1958 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Lena Horne
 1958 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Ossie Davis
 1958 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Josephine Premice
 1958 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 
  Oliver Smith
 1958 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Miles White
music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
ACT 1 Sung By
SavannahKoli and Fishermen
Savannah's Wedding DayGrandma Obeah and Islanders
Pretty to Walk WithSavannah
Push the ButtonSavannah
IncompatibilityKoli, Quico and Island Men
Little BiscuitCicero and Ginger
Cocoanut SweetGrandma Obeah and Savannah
Pity the SunsetKoli and Savannah
Yankee DollarGinger and Islanders
What Good Does It Do?Koli, Cicero and Quico
Monkey in the Mango TreeKoli and Fishermen
Take It Slow, JoeSavannah
Ain't It the TruthSavannah
ACT 2 Sung By
Leave the Atom AloneGinger and Islanders
Cocoanut Sweet (Reprise) Savannah
For Every FishGrandma Obeah and Fishermen
I Don't Think I'll End It All TodaySavannah, Koli and Islanders
Ain't It the Truth (Reprise) Savannah and Islanders
Savannah (Reprise) Savannah, Koli and Islanders