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Winter Garden Theatre, (11/01/1951 - 10/04/1952)
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Opening Date: Nov 01, 1951    
Closing Date: Oct 04, 1952 Total Performances: 350

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: New York City
Comments: On layoff from August 3 - August 31, 1952.



Production Staff
Produced by Paula Stone and Michael Sloane
Music by Johnny Mercer; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; Book by Hy Kraft; Vocal arrangements and direction by Hugh Martin; Musical Director: Harold Hastings; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Featuring songs by Bill Finnigan; "Sans Souci" and "I Fought Every Step of the Way" orchestrated by Bill Finnigan; Dance arrangements by Lee Pockriss
Directed by Jack Donohue; Choreographed by Ron Fletcher
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Alvin Colt
Company Manager: Joe Roth; General Manager: Harry Zevin
Production Stage Manager: Fred Hebert; Stage Manager: Danny Brennan; Assistant Stage Mgr: Louis De Mangus
Orchestra Personnel Manager: Meyer Davis
Production Associate: Harry Zevin; General Press Representative: Bill Doll
Cast
Phil Silvers
Jerry Biffle
Jack Albertson
Vic Davis
Florence Baum
Sales Girl
Dancer
Marion Burke
Model
Singer
Dean Campbell
Announcer
Singer
Nikki Cellini
Dancer
Zachary A. Charles
Russ Wiswell
Donald Covert
Stagehand
Photographer
Singer
Sara Dillon
Bubble Girl
Elevator Operator
Singer
Lindy Doherty
Cliff Lane
Herbie Faye
Moe
Joey Faye
Pinky
Herb Fields
Photographer
Singer
Joan Fields
Customer
Featured Dancer
Ed Hanley
Danny
Mary Harmon
A Passing Girl
Singer
Ken Harvey
TV Technician
Photographer
Singer
Bradford Hatton
Mr. Parker
Claude Heater
Juggler
Singer
Eve Hebert
Script Girl
Sales Girl
Dancer
Betsy Holland
Customer
Miss Pillsbury
Singer
Bill Joyce
Dancer
B.J. Keating
Customer
Singer
Bob Kole
Singer
John Laverty
Dancer
Hal Loman
Featured Dancer
Douglas Luther
Customer
Dr. Leroy
Singer
Judy Lynn
Sally Peters
George Marci
Dancer
Rose Marie
Betty Dillon
Don McKay
Photographer
Singer
Ted (Sport) Morgan
Ted (Sport) Morgan
Basha Regis
Model
The Magician's Assistant
Bob Scheerer
Tommy
Dance Team
Laurel Shelby
Customer
Singer
Judy Sinclair
The Widow
Singer
Joy Skylar
Sales Girl
Dancer
Gloria Smith
"Bubbles"
Dancer
Vivian Smith
Dancer
Walter Stane
Dancer
Bill Sumner
Dancer
Thelma Tadlock
Dancer
Johnny Trama
A Man
Ken Urmston
Dancer
Walter Wahl
Walter
Polly Ward
Sales Girl
Dance Team
Dancer
Beverly Weston
Bubble Girl
Singer
Understudies: Jack Albertson (Jerry Biffle), Danny Brennan (Danny), Dean Campbell (Cliff Lane), Donald Covert (Walter), Louis De Mangus (Russ Wiswell), Sara Dillon (Sally Peters), Ed Hanley (Moe, Pinky), Ken Harvey (Vic Davis), Hal Loman (Tommy), George Marci (Featured Dancer), Gloria Smith (Featured Dancer) and Hope Zee (Betty Dillon)
Tony Award®
winner 1952 Best Actor in a Musical [winner]
Phil Silvers
music by Johnny Mercer; lyrics by Johnny Mercer
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
The Man of the Year This Week Ensemble
You're So Beautiful That - Cliff Lane
Top Banana Jerry Biffle, Vic Davis, Cliff Lane, Pinky and Moe
Elevator Song Ensemble
Hail to MacCracken's Ensemble
Only If You're in Love Cliff Lane and Sally Peters
My Home Is in My Shoes Tommy and Ensemble
I Fought Every Step of the Way
(music by Johnny Mercer and Bill Finnigan)
Betty Dillon
O.K. for TV Jerry Biffle, Vic Davis, Sally Peters, Pinky, Moe, Danny and Russ Wiswell
Slogan Song Jerry Biffle, Betty Dillon, Vic Davis, Sally Peters, Cliff Lane, Tommy, Pinky, Moe, Danny, Russ Wiswell and Mr. Parker
Meet Miss Blendo Entire Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Sans Souci
(music by Johnny Mercer and Bill Finnigan)
Betty Dillon, Featured Dancer and Ensemble
A Dog Is a Man's Best Friend Jerry Biffle, Ted (Sport) Morgan and The Grenadiers
That's For Sure Cliff Lane, Sally Peters and Ensemble
Be My Guest
A Word Is Day Jerry Biffle and Betty Dillon
Top Banana Ballet Jerry Biffle and Ensemble
Finale Entire Company
   
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