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The New Musical

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, (4/26/1997 - 6/07/1998)
First Preview: Apr 08, 1997 Total Previews: 21
Opening Date: Apr 26, 1997    
Closing Date: Jun 07, 1998 Total Performances: 466

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Around 42nd Street. Then.

Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)
Produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers; Associate Producer: Frank Tarsia
Originally produced in New York City by Westbeth Theater Center (Arnold Engelman, Producing Director)
Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Ira Gasman; Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman; Based on an original idea by Ira Gasman; Musical Director: Gordon Lowry Harrell; Music orchestrated by Don Sebesky and Harold Wheeler; Vocal arrangements by Cy Coleman and Doug Katsaros; Dance arrangements by Cy Coleman and Doug Katsaros
Directed by Michael Blakemore; Choreographed by Joey McKneely; Assistant Choreographer: Linda Cholodenko
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Assistant Scenic Design: David Peterson, Atkin Pace and Thomas Peter Sarr; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Assistant Costume Design: Markas Henry and Laura Drawbaugh; Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow; Associate Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang; Assistant Lighting Design: Michael Gottlieb and Susan Chute; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Assistant Sound Design: Janet Smith and Richard Dunning; Assistant Hair Design: Bob Dente; Hair Design by Bobby H. Grayson; Make-Up Design by Kathy Pomerantz
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: David Richards and Barbara Crompton
Production Supervisor: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Àra Marx; Assistant Stage Mgr: Rolt Smith; Technical Supervision: Neil Mazzella
Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Gordon Lowry Harrell; Associate Conductor: Joseph Baker; Guitar: David Spinozza; Drums: Warren Odze; Bass: Gary Haase; Keyboards: Mark Berman and Joseph Baker; Percussion: Dave Yee; Trumpet: Gregory L. Gisbert and Hollis Burridge; Woodwinds: Mike Migliore, Tom Christensen and Dale Kleps; Music Copying: A Notable Company Ltd. and Katharine Edmonds
Vari*Lite Programmer: David Arch; Assistant to the Director: Jennifer Uphoff Gray; Fight direction by B. H. Barry; Dance Captain: Lynn Sterling; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Press Agent: The Jacksina Company; Production Associate: Adam Epstein, Michael Milton, Jeffrey Solis, Stuart Zimberg and Elaine Bayless; Production Assistant: Patrick Janson; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Leanne Schanzer Promotions; Photographer: Carol Rosegg
Vernel BagnerisLacy
Mark BoveBobby
Monte Hustler
Chuck CooperMemphis
Felicia FinleyApril
Chris GhelfiEnsemble
Michael Gregory GongOddjob
Monte Hustler
Katy GrenfellFrenchie
Sam HarrisJojo
Rich HebertLou
Pamela IsaacsQueen
Stephanie Michels
Broadway debut
Doll House Dancer
Kevin RamseyFleetwood
Judine RichárdTracy
Street Evangelist
Rudy RobersonSilky
Street Evangelist
Lynn SterlingCarmen
Mark Anthony Taylor
Broadway debut
Street Evangelist
Monte Hustler
Gordon Joseph WeissSnickers
Lillias WhiteSonja
Sharon Wilkins
Broadway debut
Bellamy Young
Broadway debut
Swings: Tracy Nicole Chapman
Understudies: Michael Brian (Jojo, Lou, Snickers), Tracy Nicole Chapman (Queen), Felicia Finley (Mary), Kimberly Hawthorne (Queen), Stephanie Michels (Mary), Rudy Roberson (Lacy), James Stovall (Fleetwood, Memphis, Silky) and Sharon Wilkins (Sonja)
Tony Award®
 1997 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Roger Berlind , Martin Richards , Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers
 1997 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by David Newman , Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman
 1997 Best Original Musical Score [nominee] 
 Music by Cy Coleman ;  Lyrics by Ira Gasman
 1997 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Pamela Isaacs
winner 1997 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Chuck Cooper
 1997 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Sam Harris
winner 1997 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Lillias White
 1997 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Martin Pakledinaz
 1997 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 
  Richard Pilbrow
 1997 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Joey McKneely
 1997 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Michael Blakemore
 1997 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Harold Wheeler
 1997 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Don Sebesky
Drama Desk Award
winner 1997 Outstanding New Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Roger Berlind , Martin Richards , Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers
 1997 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Pamela Isaacs
 1997 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Sam Harris
winner 1997 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Lillias White
 1997 Outstanding Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Michael Blakemore
 1997 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Don Sebesky
 1997 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Harold Wheeler
winner 1997 Outstanding Music [winner] 
 Music by Cy Coleman
 1997 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 
  Martin Pakledinaz
 1997 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 
  Richard Pilbrow
music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Ira Gasman
ACT 1 Sung By
Check It Out!The Company
Use What You GotJojo and The Company
A Lovely Day To Be Out Of JailQueen and Sonja
A Piece Of The ActionFleetwood
The Oldest ProfessionSonja
Don't Take MuchMemphis
Go HomeQueen and Mary
You Can't Get To HeavenQueen, Sonja and Street Evangelists
My BodyFrenchie, Chichi, Tracy, Carmen, Sonja, Queen and April
Why Don't They Leave Us AloneOddjob, Bobby, Silky, Slick, Snickers, April, Carmen, Chichi, Frenchie, Queen, Sonja and Tracy
Easy MoneyMary, Jojo and Fleetwood
He's No GoodQueen
I'm Leaving YouQueen
The Hooker's BallLacy and The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Step Right UpEnrique, Slick, Oddjob and Bobby
Mr. GreedJojo, Bobby, Enrique, Oddjob and Slick
My Way Or The HighwayMemphis and Queen
People MagazineLou and Mary
We Had A DreamQueen
Use What You Got (Reprise) Mary, Lou and Jojo
Someday' Is For SuckersSonja, Frenchie, April, Shatellia, Carmen and Chichi
My FriendQueen and Sonja
We Gotta GoFleetwood and Queen
Check It Out! (Reprise) The Company