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Much Ado About Nothing   

Winter Garden Theatre, (11/11/1972 - 2/11/1973)
First Preview: Nov 02, 1972 Total Previews: 10
Opening Date: Nov 11, 1972    
Closing Date: Feb 11, 1973 Total Performances: 136

Category: Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Before World War I. A small town in middle America.
Comments: Transfer from the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park (August 10 -- September 3, 1972 for 20 performances).

Production Staff
Produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp, Producer); Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten
Written by William Shakespeare; Incidental music by Peter Link
Directed by A. J. Antoon; Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Scenic Design by Ming Cho Lee; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Assistant to Miss Aldredge: Mary Colquhoun; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Assistant to Mr. Aronstein: Lawrence Metzler
General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk and Emanuel Azenberg; Company Manager: Robert Kamlot
Production Stage Manager: David Eidenberg; Stage Manager: Tom Gardner; Assistant Stage Mgr: Dan Sedgwick; Production Manager: Andrew Mihok; Technical Director: Mervyn Haines, Jr.
Musical Supervisor: John Morris; Trumpet and Cornet: Charles Lewis; Drum, Banjo and Guitar: Lenny Pogan; Tuba, Bass and Trombone: Sam Pilafian; Piano and Trombone: Peter Phillips; Clarinet and Flute: Aaron Sachs; Drums: Jimmie Young; Conducted by Peter Phillips
General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Robert Larkin and Robert Ullman; Assistant to the Producer: Gail Merrifield; Casting: Vincent Gugleotti Jr.; Assistant to the Associate Producer: Mary Goldberg; Press Assistant: Norman L. Berman; Assistant to Mr. Saddler: Helen Gallagher; Production Assistant: Mary Colquhoun; Production Associate: Meir Zvi Ribalow; Advertising: Don Josephson and The Blaine Thompson Company; Photographer: George E. Joseph
Barnard Hughes
Sam Waterston
Signior Benedick of Padua
companion of Don Pedro
Douglass Watson
Don Pedro
Prince of Aragon
Kathleen Widdoes
an orphan, Leonato's niece
Charles Bartlett
Richard Casper
Other Watch
Frederick Coffin
follower of Don John
Lindsay Ann Crouse
Marshall Efron
a singer
Arny Freeman
Leonato's brother
Jack Gianino
follower of Don John
Cathy Greene
George Gugleotti
First Watch
Mark Hammer
Governor of Messina
Bette Henritze
attendant on Hero
Jeanne Hepple
attendant on Hero
Joan Jaffe
David Lenthall
Second Watch
Rosamond Lynn
Will Mackenzie
Jerry Mayer
Don John
Don Pedro's bastard brother
Tom McDermott
Friar Francis
James McGill
Other Watch
William Robertson
Barbara Rubenstein
Richard Schneider
Leland Schwantes
April Shawhan
Leonato's daughter
Glenn Walken
Count Claudio of Florence
companion of Don Pedro
Standby: Maury Cooper (Don Pedro), Jeanne Hepple (Beatrice), Will Mackenzie (Signior Benedick of Padua) and Albert Quinton (Dogberry)
Understudies: Richard Casper (Count Claudio of Florence), Maury Cooper (Leonato), Lindsay Ann Crouse (Hero), Jack Gianino (Borachio, Don John), George Gugleotti (Verges), Joan Jaffe (Ursula), Albert Quinton (Friar Francis), William Robertson (Antonio), Barbara Rubenstein (Margaret), Richard Schneider (Messenger, Sexton) and Leland Schwantes (First Watch, Second Watch)
Tony Award®
1973 Best Original Score [nominee]
Incidental music by Peter Link
1973 Best Actress in a Play [nominee]
Kathleen Widdoes
1973 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee]
Barnard Hughes
1973 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Theoni V. Aldredge
1973 Best Lighting Design [nominee]
Martin Aronstein
1973 Best Choreography [nominee]
Donald Saddler
1973 Best Direction of a Play [nominee]
A. J. Antoon
Drama Desk Award
winner 1973 Outstanding Costume Design [winner]
Theoni V. Aldredge
winner 1973 Outstanding Performance [winner]
Sam Waterston; Douglass Watson