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Jack Dabdoub

Stage Manager, Performer
( b. Feb 05, 1925 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - d. Dec 11, 2014 ) Male

Jack Dabdoub was an actor who performed in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including the original production of Man of La Mancha.

Mr. Dabdoub was a busy actor on Broadway in the 1950s and '60s. He made his debut in Paint Your Wagon and went on to take ensemble roles in My Darlin' Aida, Happy Hunting, Camelot and Baker Street.

In Man of La Mancha, he was an alternate in the lead role of Don Quixote, playing it on matinees, and eventually came to assume the part. When the musical returned to Broadway in 1972, he played the Innkeeper. He was a standby for Frank Butler in the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, and had roles in the 1980 revival of Brigadoon, the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, the 1992 mounting of The Most Happy Fella and the 1994 rendition of Show Boat, his final Broadway credit.

Equipped with a powerful voice, he also performed many musicals roles in summer stock, and occasionally sang opera.

His long resume also included one infamous credit, the comedy Moose Murders, which opened and closed one fateful night in 1983 and has lived on in Broadway lore ever since. Mr. Dabdoub played Joe Buffalo Dance.

A New Orleans native of Syrian ancestry (hence his interesting moniker, which often caught the eye of curious critics), Mr. Dabdoub attended Tulane University. He worked steadily from an early age, but infrequently grabbed headlines. One exception occurred in 1954, when the New York Times covered his performance as the Genie in Arabian Nights in Jones Beach Marine Theatre. The reason: he performed atop a 75-foot tower that faced a lagoon -- a job dangerous enough to warrant the constant presence of a stagehand who held tight to a harness the actor wore.

According to the article, Mr. Dabdoub was less bothered by the height than by the cold. "Later in the season he plans to have a nightly supply of hot coffee on hand," wrote the Times.

Source: Playbill.com obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Show Boat
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Vallon, The Show Boat Ensemble]
Oct 02, 1994 - Jan 05, 1997
The Most Happy Fella
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Standby: Jack Dabdoub [Tony]
Feb 13, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992
Anything Goes
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub
         - Replacement
Oct 19, 1987 - Sep 03, 1989
Moose Murders
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Joe Buffalo Dance]
Feb 22, 1983 - Feb 22, 1983
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Andrew MacLaren]
  • Standby: Jack Dabdoub [Mr. Lundie]
Oct 16, 1980 - Feb 08, 1981
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Jack Dabdoub [The Innkeeper]
Jun 22, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Grand Duke's Voice]
Dec 18, 1969 - Oct 03, 1970
Her First Roman
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Roman Centurion]
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub [Rufio]
Oct 20, 1968 - Nov 02, 1968
Annie Get Your Gun
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Standby: Jack Dabdoub [Frank Butler]
  • Also Starring: Jack Dabdoub [Major Gordon Lillie]
Sep 21, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966
[Musical, Operetta, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Sergei]
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub [Chernov, Petrovin]
Nov 29, 1965 - Dec 11, 1965
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub
        Don Quixote (Cervantes) - Replacement (Oct 20, 1969 - ?)
        Don Quixote (Cervantes) - Replacement
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub
        Don Quixote (Cervantes) - Replacement
        The Innkeeper - Replacement
Nov 22, 1965 - Jun 26, 1971
Baker Street
[Musical, Original]
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Jack Dabdoub
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Ensemble]
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub [Professor Moriarty]
Feb 16, 1965 - Nov 14, 1965
Hot Spot
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Minister of State]
Apr 19, 1963 - May 25, 1963
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub
        Sir Gwilliam
        Sir Lionel - Replacement
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub
        Merlyn - Replacement
Dec 03, 1960 - Jan 05, 1963
Happy Hunting
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Singer]
Dec 06, 1956 - Nov 30, 1957
My Darlin' Aida
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Singer]
Oct 27, 1952 - Jan 10, 1953
Paint Your Wagon
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jack Dabdoub [Singer]
  • Understudy: Jack Dabdoub [Jacob Woodling]
Nov 12, 1951 - Jul 19, 1952
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