MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Oct 31, 1957
Closing Date
Apr 11, 1959
Performances
555
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Imperial Theatre
(Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959)

Description
A musical in two acts

Setting
Pigeon Island, a mythical island off Jamaica. Time, the present.

Comments
On layoff from June 28 - August 11, 1958.

Produced by David Merrick
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Musical Direction, Continuity, and Vocals by Lehman Engel; Dance Music and Additional Vocals by Peter Matz; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang
Directed by Robert Lewis; Choreographed by Jack Cole
Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Miles White; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal; Hair Stylist: Ernest Adler; Assistant to Oliver Smith: Robert O'Hearn; Assistant to Miles White: Florence Klotz and Michael Travis; Assistant to Ernest Adler: Paul Penzo
General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight
Production Stage Manager: Neil Hartley; Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell; Assistant Stage Mgr: Alan Shayne and James E. Wall
Orchestra Personnel Manager: Sol Gusikoff
General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: David Powers; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden; Assistant to Mr. Merrick: David M. Pelham; Assistant to Mr. Lewis: Judd Mathison; Assistant to Jack Cole: Walter Nicks
Savannah
Grandma Obeah
Joe Nashua
Lead Dancer
Island Woman
 
Islander
Island Woman
 
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Cicero
Hucklebuck
 
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Lead Dancer
1st Ship's Officer
 
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
Islander
The Governor
Dock Worker
 
Islander
Radio Announcer
Islander
Islander
Snodgrass
 
Islander
Islander
Lancaster
Islander
Islander
2nd Ship's Officer
 
Islander
Understudies: Ethel Ayler (Savannah), Charles Blackwell (Joe Nashua), Adelaide Boatner (Grandma Obeah), Hugh Bryant (Radio Announcer, Koli), Virginia Capers (Grandma Obeah), Herb Coleman (Quico), Alan Shayne (Koli, The Governor), Roy Thompson (Joe Nashua), Jacqueline Walcott (Ginger) and James E. Wall (Cicero)

Imperial Theatre (Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959)

Musical Director: Sherman Frank
Assistant to Mr. Merrick: Eduard Fuller

Cast

Radio Announcer
Islander
The Governor
Hucklebuck
Islander
Islander
music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Act 1
Sung By
Savannah
Koli and Fishermen
Savannah's Wedding Day
Grandma Obeah and Islanders
Pretty to Walk With
Savannah
Push the Button
Savannah
Incompatibility
Koli, Quico and Island Men
Little Biscuit
Cicero and Ginger
Cocoanut Sweet
Grandma Obeah and Savannah
Pity the Sunset
Koli and Savannah
Yankee Dollar
Ginger and Islanders
What Good Does It Do?
Koli, Cicero and Quico
Monkey in the Mango Tree
Koli and Fishermen
Take It Slow, Joe
Savannah
Ain't It the Truth
Savannah
Act 2
Sung By
Leave the Atom Alone
Ginger and Islanders
Cocoanut Sweet (Reprise)
Savannah
For Every Fish
Grandma Obeah and Fishermen
I Don't Think I'll End It All Today
Savannah, Koli and Islanders
Napoleon
Savannah
Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)
Savannah and Islanders
Savannah (Reprise)
Savannah, Koli and Islanders

Tony Award®

 

Best Musical

1958 Nominee
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Produced by David Merrick
 

Best Actor in a Musical

1958 Nominee
Ricardo Montalban
 

Best Actress in a Musical

1958 Nominee
Lena Horne
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1958 Nominee
Ossie Davis
 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1958 Nominee
Josephine Premice
 

Best Scenic Design

1958 Nominee
Scenic Design by Oliver Smith
 

Best Costume Design

1958 Nominee
Costume Design by Miles White
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