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Wish You Were Here   

Imperial Theatre, (6/25/1952 - 11/28/1953)
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Opening Date: Jun 25, 1952    
Closing Date: Nov 28, 1953 Total Performances: 598

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Camp Karefree, a summer camp for adults, "where friendships are formed to last a whole lifetime through," is located in the heart of Vacationland. It could be the Berkshires, the Adirondacks, the Poconos, the White Mountains - or the Catskills. Summer.
Comments: First production to feature a swimming pool onstage.



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Operated by Select Operating Corporation
Produced by Leland Hayward and Joshua Logan
Book by Arthur Kober and Joshua Logan; Based on the play "Having Wonderful Time" by Arthur Kober; Music by Harold Rome; Lyrics by Harold Rome; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Musical Continuity by Trude Rittman
Directed by Joshua Logan; Dances by Joshua Logan; Uncredited show doctoring by Jerome Robbins
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Robert Mackintosh
General Manager: Herman Bernstein; Company Manager: Carl Fisher
Production Stage Manager: Robert Griffith; Stage Manager: Dan W. Sattler
Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff
Press Representative: Leo Freedman and Abner D. Klipstein; Casting: Marshall Jamison
Cast
Frank Aletter
Eli
Itchy's Assistant
Sidney Armus
Itchy Flexner
Tom Ayre
Monty
Fay's dancing partner
Nancy Baker
Ensemble
Mardi Bayne
Henrietta
Wallflower
Joan Berke
Ensemble
Larry Blyden
Schmutz
Itchy's Assistant
Sheila Bond
Fay Fromkin
Sue Brin
Billie
Bathing Beauty
Jack Cassidy
Chick Miller
Harry Clark
Herman Fabricant
Robert Dixon
Sid
Waiter friend of Chick's
Norma Doggett
Kitty
Bathing Beauty
Elliott Feder
Ensemble
Richard France
Lenny
Fay's dancing partner
Nancy Franklin
Miriam
who has hay fever
Gus Giordano
Mel
Fay's dancing partner
Elaine Gordon
Sonja
Honeymooner (later billed as "Music Lover")
Denise Griffin
Lena
Wallflower
Stanley Grover
Fred
Florence Henderson
The New Girl
Bill Hogue
Morrie
Waiter
Ray Hyson
Barney
Waiter friend of Chick's
Joan Johnston
Mildred
Bathing Beauty
Leo Kayeworth
Bill
Waiter
Sybil Lamb
Shirley
Wallflower
Al Lawrence
Ensemble
George Lenz
Butch
Waiter
Roslynd Lowe
Irma
Wallflower
Patricia Marand
Teddy Stern
Leila Martin
Gussie
Wallflower
Joe Milan
Sam
Fay's dancing partner
Phyllis Newman
Sarah
Bathing Beauty
Toni Parker
Ensemble
Candi Parsons
Ensemble
Don Paterson
Ensemble
John Perkins
Harry "Muscles" Green
Shirley Ann Prior
Judy
Wallflower
Inga Rode
Ensemble
Fred Sadoff
Marvin
Honeymooner (later billed as "Music Lover")
Reid Shelton
Joe
Waiter
Sammy Smith
Broadway debut
Lou Kandel
Harry Snow
Harry
Waiter
Ray Steele
Phil
Waiter
Wally Strauss
Ensemble
Jan Stuart
Anna
Bathing Beauty
Joseph Thomas
Eccentric Diver
Tom Tryon
Alex
Waiter
Paul Valentine
Pinky Harris
Gloria Van Deweel
Felice
Bathing Beauty
Don Wayne
Mac
Beverly Weston
The Girl Diver
Steve Wiland
The Acrobat
Rain Winslow
Wilma
Bathing Beauty
Understudies: Tom Ayre (Marvin), Robert Dixon (Chick Miller), Norma Doggett (Fay Fromkin), Nancy Franklin (Sonja), Gus Giordano (Lenny), Leo Kayeworth (Harry "Muscles" Green), Phyllis Newman (Fay Fromkin), Reid Shelton (Schmutz), Wally Strauss (Lenny), Tom Tryon (Pinky Harris), Gloria Van Deweel (Gussie) and Steve Wiland (Harry "Muscles" Green)
Tony Award®
winner 1953 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner]
Sheila Bond
winner 1953 Stage Technician [winner]
Abe Kurnit
music by Harold Rome; lyrics by Harold Rome
ACT 1 Sung By
Camp Karefree Lou Kandel, Waiters and Ensemble
Goodbye Love Teddy Stern, Fay Fromkin and Girls
(Ballad of a) Social Director Itchy Flexner and Ensemble
Shopping Around Fay Fromkin
Bright College Days Waiters
Mix and Mingle Chick Miller and Waiters
Could Be Teddy Stern and Girls
Tripping the Light Fantastic Ensemble
(Ballad of a) Social Director (Reprise) Itchy Flexner and Ensemble
Where Did the Night Go? Chick Miller, Teddy Stern and Ensemble
Certain Individuals Fay Fromkin and Ensemble
They Won't Know Me Chick Miller
Summer Afternoon Pinky Harris and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Where Did the Night Go? (Be-Bop Version) (Reprise) Eli and Ensemble
Don Jose (of Far Rockaway) Itchy Flexner and Ensemble
Everybody Love Everybody Fay Fromkin and Ensemble
Wish You Were Here Chick Miller and Waiters
Relax Pinky Harris and Teddy Stern
Where Did the Night Go? (Be-Bop Version) Fay Fromkin and Ensemble
Flattery Teddy Stern and Itchy Flexner
Finale Entire Company