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ANTA Playhouse, (3/30/1978 - 4/16/1978)
First Preview: Mar 14, 1978 Total Previews: 19
Opening Date: Mar 30, 1978    
Closing Date: Apr 16, 1978 Total Performances: 21

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: A large movie palace with an upstage balcony

Production Staff
Managing Director of ANTA: Alfred De Liagre, Jr.
Produced by Judith Gordon and Richard S. Bright; Associate Producer: Marc Howard and Sheila-Barbara-Dinah Productions
Originally produced by The Hartford Stage Company, Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director) and Arena Stage (Zelda Fichhandler: Artistic Director)
Music by Mel Marvin; Book by Christopher Durang; Lyrics by Christopher Durang; Music orchestrated by Robert M. Freedman; Musical Director: Clay Fullum
Directed by David Chambers; Musical Staging by Graciela Daniele
Scenic Design by Tony Straiges; Costume Design by Marjorie Slaiman; Lighting Design by William Mintzer; Sound Design by Lou Shapiro; Hair Design by Charles LoPresto; Make-Up Design by Charles LoPresto
General Manager: Dorothy Olim Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: Gail Bell
Production Stage Manager: Ron Abbott; Stage Manager: Gully Stanford
Pianist: Robert Fisher
General Press Representative: David Powers; Photographer: Martha Swope; Advertising: Matthew Serino & Associates; Dance Captain: Eric Weitz; Casting: Feuer & Ritzer
Maureen AndermanContract player # 8
Gary BayerJimmy
Walter BobbieContract player # 1
Jeff BrooksContract player # 5
Bryan E. ClarkContract player # 7
David CromwellContract player # 4
David GarrisonContract player # 10
Ben Halley, Jr.Contract player # 3
Swoosie KurtzBette
Kate McGregor-StewartContract player # 6
Joan PapeEve
April ShawhanLoretta
Brent SpinerHank
Eric WeitzContract player # 9
Mary Catherine WrightContract player # 2
Understudies: Stephen James (Contract player # 1, Hank), Carolyn Mignini (Contract player # 2, Contract player # 8, Loretta) and Robert Polenz (Contract player # 10, Contract player # 5, Contract player # 9)
Tony Award®
 1978 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Christopher Durang
Drama Desk Award
 1978 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Gary Bayer
winner 1978 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Swoosie Kurtz
music by Mel Marvin; lyrics by Christopher Durang
ACT 1 Sung By
The Silent Years
Minstrel SongContract player # 10
Shanty Town RomanceJimmy and Loretta
They Can't Prohibit LoveBette
We're in a SaladHank, Salad Girls, Contract player # 10, Contract player # 9 and Contract player # 1
Ostende Nobis ToscaBette, Hank, Contract player # 10 and Contract player # 9
The Red, the White and the BlueEve and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Pretty Pin-UpEve, Loretta, Bette and Contract player # 2
Apple Blossom VictoryBette, Eve and Contract player # 6
Isn't It Fun to Be in the MoviesContract player # 10 and Contract player # 9
Search for WisdomLoretta, Jimmy and Company