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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 [See More]
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
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow; Associate Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; 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; 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
Fight direction by B. H. Barry; Dance Captain: Lynn Sterling; Casting: Hughes / Moss Casting; Press Agent: The Jacksina Company; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Leanne Schanzer Promotions; Photographer: Carol Rosegg
Cast
Vernel Bagneris
Lacy
Mark Bove
Bobby
Cop
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Chuck Cooper
Memphis
Felicia Finley
April
Ensemble
Chris Ghelfi
Ensemble
Michael Gregory Gong
Oddjob
Shoeshine
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Katy Grenfell
Frenchie
Ensemble
Sam Harris
Jojo
Rich Hebert
Lou
Pamela Isaacs
Queen
Stephanie Michels
Broadway debut
Doll House Dancer
Ensemble
Kevin Ramsey
Fleetwood
Judine Richárd
Tracy
Street Evangelist
Ensemble
Rudy Roberson
Silky
Street Evangelist
Enrique
Ensemble
Lynn Sterling
Carmen
Ensemble
Mark Anthony Taylor
Broadway debut
Slick
Street Evangelist
Shatellia
Monte Hustler
Ensemble
Gordon Joseph Weiss
Snickers
Lillias White
Sonja
Sharon Wilkins
Broadway debut
Chichi
Ensemble
Bellamy Young
Broadway debut
Mary
Swing: 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 Got Jojo and The Company
A Lovely Day To Be Out Of Jail Queen and Sonja
A Piece Of The Action Fleetwood
The Oldest Profession Sonja
Don't Take Much Memphis
Go Home Queen and Mary
You Can't Get To Heaven Queen, Sonja and Street Evangelists
My Body Frenchie, Chichi, Tracy, Carmen, Sonja, Queen and April
Why Don't They Leave Us Alone Oddjob, Bobby, Silky, Slick, Snickers, April, Carmen, Chichi, Frenchie, Queen, Sonja and Tracy
Easy Money Mary, Jojo and Fleetwood
He's No Good Queen
I'm Leaving You Queen
The Hooker's Ball Lacy and The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Step Right Up Enrique, Slick, Oddjob and Bobby
Mr. Greed Jojo, Bobby, Enrique, Oddjob and Slick
My Way Or The Highway Memphis and Queen
People Magazine Lou and Mary
We Had A Dream Queen
Use What You Got (Reprise) Mary, Lou and Jojo
Someday' Is For Suckers Sonja, Frenchie, April, Shatellia, Carmen and Chichi
My Friend Queen and Sonja
We Gotta Go Fleetwood and Queen
Check It Out! (Reprise) The Company