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The First   

 
Martin Beck Theatre , (11/17/1981 - 12/13/1981)
First Preview:Oct 19, 1981 Total Previews:33
Opening Date:Nov 17, 1981   
Closing Date:Dec 13, 1981 Total Performances:37

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Between August, 1945 and September, 1947.


Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (under the direction of Richard G. Wolff, President)
Produced by Zev Bufman, Neil Bogart, Michael Harvey and Peter A. Bobley; Associate Producer: Roger Luby
Book by Joel Siegel; Music by Bob Brush; Lyrics by Martin Charnin; Written in collaboration with Martin Charnin; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson; Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson; Vocal arrangements by Joyce Brown
Directed by Martin Charnin; Choreographed by Alan Johnson
Scenic Design by David Chapman; Costume Design by Carrie Robbins; Lighting Design by Marc B. Weiss; Sound Design by Louis Shapiro
General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; Company Manager: James G. Mennen
Production Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: Jim Woolley; Assistant Stage Mgr: David Blackwell and Sarah Whitham; Technical Director: Arthur Siccardi
Musical Supervisor: Luther Henderson; Conducted by Joyce Brown; Score published by MPL Communications, Inc.; Assistant Conductor: Mark Hummel; Music Contractor: Ted Sommer and Martin Grupp; Woodwinds: William Slapin, Edward Salkin, Robert Magnuson, Mauricio Smith and Frank Santagata; Trumpet: Francis Bonny, Jimmy Owens and Leo Ball; Trombone: Jim Pugh, Keith O'Quinn and Garfield Fobbs; Percussion: Richard Brown ; Horn: Greg Williams; Cello: Anne Callahan; Drums: Dennis Mackrel; Guitar: Bernard Grobman ; Piano: Mark Hummel; Bass: William Stanley
Authentic baseball gloves and catcher's mitt loaned by Barry Halper
Consultant: Rachel Robinson; Dance Captain: Steven Boockvor; General Press Representative: Fred Nathan & Associates; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne; Casting: Simon & Kumin Casting, Inc.; Photographer: Martha Swope
Cast
Red Barber Red Barber
Steven Bland 3rd Baseman
Equipment Manager
Passenger
Cuban Reporter
Fan
Steven Boockvor Swanee Rivers
Clent Bowers Cool Minnie
Bill Buell Frog
a busboy
Dodger Coach
Brian Waterhouse
Stephen Crain Passenger
Eddie Stanky
Brooklyn Trainer
Reds Fan
Pittsburgh Pirate
Kim Criswell Girl
at bar
Passenger
A Girl at the Bar
Dodger Wife
Hilda Chester
Patricia Drylie Eunice
the cigarette girl
Michael Edward-Stevens Catcher
Bucky
Redcap
Fan
Minister
Luther Fontaine Junkyard Jones
Dr. Johnson
Paul Forrest Sorrentino
a busboy
Umpire
Trainer
Philadelphia Reporter
Ray Gill Clyde Sukeforth
David Alan Grier Jackie Robinson
Thomas Griffith Passenger
Dodger Rookie
Brooklyn Eagle Photographer
Pittsburgh Pirate
Jack Hallett Huey
a waiter
Dodger Coach
Sheriff
Philadelphia Reporter
Janet Hubert Passenger
Fan
Opal
on the left
David Huddleston Branch Rickey
Margaret Lamée Passenger
A Girl at the Bar
Dodger Wife
Boncellia Lewis Passenger
Fan
Ruby
on the right
Lonette McKee Rachel Isum
Court Miller Casey Higgins
Bob Morrisey Soldier
at bar
Passenger
Pee Wee Reese
D. Peter Samuel Bartender
at bar
Hatrack Harris
Rodney Saulsberry Jo-Jo
Passenger
Cuban Reporter
Fan
Minister
Sam Stoneburner Jimmy Powers
Passenger
Reds Fan
Paul Cook Tartt Softball
Minister
George D. Wallace Noonan
the maitre'd
Trey Wilson Leo Durocher
Swings: Neal Ben-Ari, Margaret Lamée and Jacqueline Lowe
Understudies: Steven Boockvor (Casey Higgins), Bill Buell (Clyde Sukeforth), Stephen Crain (Pee Wee Reese), Michael Edward-Stevens (Junkyard Jones), Margaret Lamée (Eunice, Hilda Chester), Jacqueline Lowe (Cool Minnie's Girl, Rachel Isum), Rodney Saulsberry (Jackie Robinson), Sam Stoneburner (Noonan), Paul Cook Tartt (Cool Minnie) and George D. Wallace (Branch Rickey)
Tony Award®
 1982 Best Book of a Musical [nominee]
Book by Joel Siegel; Written in collaboration with Martin Charnin
 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
David Alan Grier
 1982 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Martin Charnin
Theatre World
nominee 1982 Award [recipient]
David Alan Grier
Drama Desk Award
 1982 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Lonette McKee
 1982 Outstanding Set Design [nominee]
Scenic Design by David Chapman
music by Bob Brush; lyrics by Martin Charnin
ACT 1Sung By
Jack Roosevelt Robinson Branch Rickey and Leo Durocher
The National Pastime Cool Minnie, Jackie Robinson, Junkyard Jones and The Monarchs
Will We Ever Know Each Other Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum
The First Jackie Robinson
Bloat Leo Durocher and Reporters and The Dodgers
It Ain't Gonna Work Casey Higgins, Clyde Sukeforth and The Dodgers
The Brooklyn Dodger Strike Rickey and Durocher
Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Reprise)Rickey
The First (Reprise)Rachel Isum
ACT 2Sung By
Is This Year Next Year? Noonan (the maitre'd), Eunice (the cigarette girl), Huey (a waiter), Frog (a busboy) and Sorrentino (a busboy)
You Do-Do-Do-It Good Cool Minnie, Jackie Robinson, The Monarchs, Ruby (on the right) and Opal (on the left)
Is This Year Next Year? (Reprise)Branch Rickey, Holmes, The Reporters, Clyde Sukeforth and The Dodgers
There Are Days and There Are Days Rachel Isum
It's A Beginning Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Rachel Isum
The Opera Ain't Over Noonan (the maitre'd), The Regulars, All the Dodgers, Branch Rickey, Hilda Chester and The Fans