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The Will Rogers Follies   
A Life in Revue

 
Palace Theatre, (5/01/1991 - 9/05/1993)
First Preview: Apr 01, 1991 Total Previews: 33
Opening Date: May 01, 1991    
Closing Date: Sep 05, 1993 Total Performances: 981

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Time: The Present. Place: The Palace Theatre.



Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; Arthur Rubin: Vice-President) and Stewart F. Lane
Produced by Pierre Cossette, Martin Richards, Sam Crothers, James M. Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane and Max Weitzenhoffer; Produced in association with Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc.
Book by Peter Stone; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music arranged by Cy Coleman; Inspired by the words of Will Rogers and Betty Rogers; Music orchestrated by Billy Byers; Musical Director: Eric Stern
Directed by Tommy Tune; Choreographed by Tommy Tune; Associate Director: Phillip Oesterman; Associate Choreographer: Jeff Calhoun
Scenic Design by Tony Walton; Scenic Design Assistant: Ann Sheffield and Ann Waugh; Associate Scenic Design: Sharon Sprague and Stephan Olson; Production Draftsman: Ed Check and Charles E. McCarry; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Assistant Costume Design: Frank Krenz and Mitchell Bloom; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Associate Lighting Design: Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Projection Design by Wendall K. Harrington; Associate Projection Design: Bo Erickson; Wig Design by Howard Leonard; Assistant to Wendall K. Harrington: Craig McMeekin; Assistant to Sound Designer: Dan Tramon and Ned Moore
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Associate Gen. Mgr: Nina Skriloff; Company Manager: Nina Skriloff; Assistant Co. Mgr: Ken Silverman
Production Stage Manager: Peter Von Mayrhauser; Stage Manager: Patrick Ballard; Assistant Stage Mgr: Michael J. Passaro
Music Contractor: John Miller; Conducted by Eric Stern; Associate Conductor: Karl Jurman; Assistant Conductor: Joe Passaro; Concertmistress: Amy Hiraga Wyrick; Trumpet: John Frosk, Joe Mosello and Danny Cahn; Trombone: Jim Pugh, Larry Farrell and Paul Faulise; French Horn: Tony Cecere; Reeds: Chuck Wilson, Dale Kleps, Alva Hunt, Vincent DellaRocca and Frank Santagata; Keyboards: Karl Jurman and Patrick Brady; Violin: Heidi Carney and Robert Shaw; Cello: Joe Kimura; Viola: Crystal Garner; Drums: Ray Marchica; Bass: Richard Sarpala; Guitar: Scott Kuney and Larry Campbell; Percussion: Joe Passaro; Harmonica: Robert Paparozzi; Music Copying Service: Larry Abel
Smoke and fog effects by Zeller International, Ltd.
General Press Representative: Judy Jacksina; Casting: Julie Hughes and Barry Moss; Choreographic Assistant & Dance Captain: Patti D'Beck; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marquee & Billboard Art by Penelope Gottlieb; Logo Design by Dewynters, Limited; Living Picture Supervision: Glen Eytchison
Cast
Keith CarradineWill Rogers
Dee HotyBetty Blake
Vince BruceUnicyclist
The Roper
Cady HuffmanZiegfeld's Favorite
Dick LatessaClem Rogers
Gregory PeckThe Voice of Mr. Ziegfeld
Recorded voice only
Paul Ukena, Jr.Wiley Post
B.A.Wild West Show Dog
Roxane BarlowWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Bonnie BrackneyThe Wild West Show
Tom BrackneyThe Wild West Show
Maria CalabreseWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Gregory Scott CarterFreddy Rogers
CocoaWild West Show Dog
Ganine DerlethNew Ziegfeld Girl
Rebecca DowningNew Ziegfeld Girl
Colleen DunnWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Sally Mae DunnNew Ziegfeld Girl
Rick FaugnoWill Rogers, Jr.
John GanunWill Rogers Wrangler
Drugstore Cowboy
Toni GeorgianaNew Ziegfeld Girl
GigiWild West Show Dog
Eileen GraceNew Ziegfeld Girl
Luba GregusNew Ziegfeld Girl
Troy Britton JohnsonWill Rogers Wrangler
Drugstore Cowboy
Tonia LynnNew Ziegfeld Girl
Tammy MinoffMary Rogers
Jerry MitchellIndian of The Dawn
Will Rogers Wrangler
Drugstore Cowboy
Dana MooreWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Jason OpsahlWill Rogers Wrangler
Drugstore Cowboy
Lance RobinsonJames Rogers
RustyWild West Show Dog
TrixieWild West Show Dog
Amiee TurnerNew Ziegfeld Girl
Jillana UrbinaIndian Sun Goddess
New Ziegfeld Girl
Wendy WaringWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Christina YoungmanNew Ziegfeld Girl
ZeeWild West Show Dog
Leigh ZimmermanWill's Sister
Betty's Sister
New Ziegfeld Girl
Swings: Mary Lee DeWitt, Jack Doyle and Angie L. Schworer
Standby: Erica Dutko (Freddy Rogers, James Rogers, Mary Rogers) and Tom Flagg (Clem Rogers)
Understudies: Dana Moore (Ziegfeld's Favorite), Lance Robinson (Will Rogers, Jr.) and Paul Ukena, Jr. (Will Rogers)
Tony Award®
winner 1991 Best Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Pierre Cossette , Martin Richards , Sam Crothers , James M. Nederlander , Stewart F. Lane and Max Weitzenhoffer ;  Produced in association with Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc.
 1991 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Peter Stone
winner 1991 Best Original Score [winner] 
 Music by Cy Coleman ;  Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
 1991 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Keith Carradine
 1991 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Dee Hoty
 1991 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Cady Huffman
 1991 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 
  Tony Walton
winner 1991 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Willa Kim
winner 1991 Best Lighting Design [winner] 
  Jules Fisher
winner 1991 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Tommy Tune
winner 1991 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 
  Tommy Tune
Drama Desk Award
winner 1991 Outstanding Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Pierre Cossette , Martin Richards , Sam Crothers , James M. Nederlander , Stewart F. Lane and Max Weitzenhoffer ;  Produced in association with Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc.
 1991 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Keith Carradine
winner 1991 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 
  Tommy Tune
 1991 Outstanding Orchestration [nominee] 
  Billy Byers
winner 1991 Outstanding Music [winner] 
 Music by Cy Coleman
music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
ACT 1 Sung By
Will-a-ManiaZiegfeld's Favorite and Company
Give a Man Enough RopeWill Rogers and Will Rogers Wranglers
I'ts a Boy!Clem Rogers and Will's Sisters
So Long PaWill Rogers
My Unknown SomeoneBetty Blake
The Big TimeWill Rogers, Betty Blake and Children
My Big MistakeBetty Blake
The Powder Puff BalletThe New Ziegfeld Girls
Marry Me NowWill Rogers
Without YouBetty Blake
ACT 2 Sung By
Give a Man Enough Rope (Reprise) Will Rogers and Will Rogers Wranglers
Favorite SonWill Rogers and Chorus
No Man Left For MeBetty Blake
Presents for Mrs. RogersWill Rogers, Will Rogers Wranglers and The New Ziegfeld Girls
Will-a-Mania (Reprise) Will Rogers and Clem Rogers
Without You (Reprise) Betty Blake
Never Met a Man I Didn't LikeWill Rogers and Company