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Call Me Madam   

Imperial Theatre, (10/12/1950 - 5/03/1952)
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Opening Date: Oct 12, 1950    
Closing Date: May 03, 1952 Total Performances: 644

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The play is laid in two mythical countries. One is called Lichtenburg. The other is the United States.
Comments: This play was suggested by the 1949 appointment of Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassadress to Luxembourg; however, the program announced "neither the character of Mrs. Sally Adams nor Miss Ethel Merman resemble any person living or dead."



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Theatre Owned / Operated by Select Operating Corporation and The Shubert Organization
Produced by Leland Hayward
Music by Irving Berlin; Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Genevieve Pitot and Jesse Meeker; Additional orchestrations by Joe Glover; Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton; Piano Arrangements by Helmy Kresa
Directed by George Abbott; Dances and Musical Numbers Stage by Jerome Robbins
Scenic Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Costume Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Miss Merman's dresses by Mainbocher
General Manager: Herman Bernstein; Company Manager: Carl Fisher
Production Stage Manager: Robert Griffith; Stage Manager: Don Hershey
Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff
Press Representative: Leo Freedman, Abner D. Klipstein and Robert Ullman; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden
Cast
Ethel Merman
Mrs. Sally Adams
Paul Lukas
Cosmo Constantine
Rae Abruzzo
Singer
Jeanne Bal
Secretary to Mrs. Adams
Singer
Aristide Bartis
Singer
Muriel Bentley
Principal Dancer
Ralph Chambers
Senator Gallagher
Owen Coll
Supreme Court Justice
Grand Duke Otto
William David
Henry Gibson
Court Chamberlain
Trudy Deluz
Singer
Ollie Engebretson
"Potato Bug"
Shellie Farrell
Dancer
Richard Fjellman
"Potato Bug"
Lydia Fredericks
Singer
Nina Frenkin
Dancer
Nathaniel Frey
Singer
Estelle Gardner
Singer
William Hail
Butler
Singer
Patricia Hammerlee
Dancer
Pat Harrington
Congressman Wilkins
Fred Hearn
Dancer
Barbara Heath
Dancer
Alan Hewitt
Pemberton Maxwell
Norma Kaiser
Dancer
Principal Dancer
Allan Knolls
Dancer
E. A. Krumschmidt
Hugo Tantinnin
Henry Lascoe
Sebastian Sebastian
Kenneth Le Roy
Dancer
Virginia Le Roy
Dancer
Ralph Linn
Dancer
Albert Linville
Singer
Geoffrey Lumb
The Secretary of State
Ruth McVayne
Singer
Douglas Moppert
Dancer
Russell Nype
Kenneth Gibson
Lily Paget
A Maid
Singer
Arthur Partington
Principal Dancer
Dancer
Noella Peloquin
Singer
Robert Penn
Singer
Stowe Phelps
Clerk
Tommy Rall
Principal Dancer
Tom Reider
Singer
John Sheehan
Singer
Stanley Simmonds
Singer
Lilia Skala
Grand Duchess Sophie
Ray Stephens
Singer
Galina Talva
Princess Maria
Bobby Tucker
Dancer
Kirsten Valbor
Dancer
Jay Velie
Senator Brockbank
William Weslow
Dancer
Helene Whitney
Singer
Standby: Elaine Stritch (Mrs. Sally Adams)
Understudies: Rae Abruzzo (A Maid, Grand Duchess Sophie), Jeanne Bal (Princess Maria), Lydia Fredericks (Mrs. Sally Adams), Nathaniel Frey (Congressman Wilkins, Hugo Tantinnin), William Hail (Senator Gallagher), Fred Hearn (Senator Brockbank), Albert Linville (Grand Duke Otto, The Secretary of State), Ruth McVayne (Secretary to Mrs. Adams), Robert Penn (Court Chamberlain, Henry Gibson), Stowe Phelps (Kenneth Gibson), Tom Reider (Cosmo Constantine), Stanley Simmonds (Sebastian Sebastian) and Ray Stephens (Pemberton Maxwell)
Tony Award®
winner 1952 Stage Technician [winner]
Pete Feller
winner 1951 Best Original Score [winner]
Music by Irving Berlin
winner 1951 Best Actress in a Musical [winner]
Ethel Merman
winner 1951 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Russell Nype
Theatre World
winner 1951 Award [recipient]
Russell Nype
music by Irving Berlin; lyrics by Irving Berlin
ACT 1 Sung By
Mrs. Sally Adams The Company
The Hostess With the Mostes' on the Ball Mrs. Sally Adams
Washington Square Dance Mrs. Sally Adams and Company
Lichtenburg Cosmo Constantine and Singers
Can You Use Any Money Today? Mrs. Sally Adams
Marrying For Love Cosmo Constantine and Mrs. Sally Adams
The Ocarina Princess Maria, Dancers, "Potato Bug" and Company
It's a Lovely Day Today Kenneth Gibson and Princess Maria
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise) Kenneth Gibson, Dancers and Company
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
ACT 2 Sung By
Lichtenburg (Reprise) Cosmo Constantine and Singers
Something To Dance About Mrs. Sally Adams, Principal Dancers and Company
Once Upon a Time Today Kenneth Gibson
They Like Ike Congressman Wilkins, Senator Gallagher and Senator Brockbank
You're Just in Love Mrs. Sally Adams and Kenneth Gibson
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) (Reprise) Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise) Kenneth Gibson and Princess Marie
Mrs. Sally Adams (Reprise) The Company
Finale The Company and Mrs. Sally Adams