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Imperial Theatre , (10/12/1950 - 5/03/1952)
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Opening Date:Oct 12, 1950   
Closing Date:May 03, 1952 Total Performances:644

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The play is laid in two mythical countries. One is called Lichtenburg. The other is the United States.
Comments: This play was suggested by the 1949 appointment of Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassadress to Luxembourg; however, the program announced "neither the character of Mrs. Sally Adams nor Miss Ethel Merman resemble any person living or dead."


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Select Operating Corporation and The Shubert Organization
Produced by Leland Hayward
Music by Irving Berlin; Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Musical Director: Jay Blackton; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Dance arrangements by Genevieve Pitot and Jesse Meeker; Additional orchestrations by Joe Glover; Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton; Piano Arrangements by Helmy Kresa
Directed by George Abbott; Dances and Musical Numbers Stage by Jerome Robbins
Scenic Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Costume Design by Raoul Pène Du Bois; Miss Merman's dresses by Mainbocher; Assistant to Mr. Du Bois: Willa Kim, Mason Arvold and Waldo Angelo
General Manager: Herman Bernstein; Company Manager: Carl Fisher
Production Stage Manager: Robert Griffith; Stage Manager: Don Hershey; Assistant Stage Mgr: Fred Hearn, Stowe Phelps and Harold Prince
Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff
Press Representative: Leo Freedman, Abner D. Klipstein and Robert Ullman; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden; Asst. to the Choreographer: June Graham and Donald Saddler; Master Carpenter: Pete Feller
Cast
Ethel Merman Mrs. Sally Adams
Paul Lukas Cosmo Constantine
Rae Abruzzo Singer
Jeanne Bal Secretary to Mrs. Adams
Singer
Aristide Bartis Singer
Muriel Bentley Principal Dancer
Ralph Chambers Senator Gallagher
Owen Coll Supreme Court Justice
Grand Duke Otto
William David Henry Gibson
Court Chamberlain
Trudy Deluz Singer
Ollie Engebretson "Potato Bug"
Shellie Farrell Dancer
Richard Fjellman "Potato Bug"
Lydia Fredericks Singer
Nina Frenkin Dancer
Nathaniel Frey Singer
Estelle Gardner Singer
William Hail Butler
Singer
Patricia Hammerlee Dancer
Pat Harrington Congressman Wilkins
Fred Hearn Dancer
Barbara Heath Dancer
Alan Hewitt Pemberton Maxwell
Norma Kaiser Dancer
Principal Dancer
Allan Knolls Dancer
E. A. Krumschmidt Hugo Tantinnin
Henry Lascoe Sebastian Sebastian
Kenneth Le Roy Dancer
Virginia Le Roy Dancer
Ralph Linn Dancer
Albert Linville Singer
Geoffrey Lumb The Secretary of State
Ruth McVayne Singer
Douglas Moppert Dancer
Russell Nype Kenneth Gibson
Lily Paget A Maid
Singer
Arthur Partington Principal Dancer
Dancer
Noella Peloquin Singer
Robert Penn Singer
Stowe Phelps Clerk
Tommy Rall Principal Dancer
Tom Reider Singer
John Sheehan Singer
Stanley Simmonds Singer
Lilia Skala Grand Duchess Sophie
Ray Stephens Singer
Galina Talva Princess Maria
Bobby Tucker Dancer
Kirsten Valbor Dancer
Jay Velie Senator Brockbank
William Weslow Dancer
Helene Whitney Singer
Standby: Elaine Stritch (Mrs. Sally Adams)
Understudies: Rae Abruzzo (A Maid, Grand Duchess Sophie), Jeanne Bal (Princess Maria), Lydia Fredericks (Mrs. Sally Adams), Nathaniel Frey (Congressman Wilkins, Hugo Tantinnin), William Hail (Senator Gallagher), Fred Hearn (Senator Brockbank), Albert Linville (Grand Duke Otto, The Secretary of State), Ruth McVayne (Secretary to Mrs. Adams), Robert Penn (Court Chamberlain, Henry Gibson), Stowe Phelps (Kenneth Gibson), Tom Reider (Cosmo Constantine), Stanley Simmonds (Sebastian Sebastian) and Ray Stephens (Pemberton Maxwell)
Tony Award®
winner 1952 Stage Technician [winner]
Pete Feller
winner 1951 Best Original Score [winner]
Music by Irving Berlin
winner 1951 Best Actress in a Musical [winner]
Ethel Merman
winner 1951 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Russell Nype
Theatre World
nominee 1951 Award [recipient]
Russell Nype
music by Irving Berlin; lyrics by Irving Berlin
ACT 1Sung By
Mrs. Sally Adams The Company
The Hostess With the Mostes' on the Ball Mrs. Sally Adams
Washington Square Dance Mrs. Sally Adams and Company
Lichtenburg Cosmo Constantine and Singers
Can You Use Any Money Today? Mrs. Sally Adams
Marrying For Love Cosmo Constantine and Mrs. Sally Adams
The Ocarina Princess Maria, Dancers, "Potato Bug" and Company
It's a Lovely Day Today Kenneth Gibson and Princess Maria
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise)Kenneth Gibson, Dancers and Company
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
ACT 2Sung By
Lichtenburg (Reprise)Cosmo Constantine and Singers
Something To Dance About Mrs. Sally Adams, Principal Dancers and Company
Once Upon a Time Today Kenneth Gibson
They Like Ike Congressman Wilkins, Senator Gallagher and Senator Brockbank
You're Just in Love Mrs. Sally Adams and Kenneth Gibson
The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) (Reprise)Mrs. Sally Adams and Cosmo Constantine
It's a Lovely Day Today (Reprise)Kenneth Gibson and Princess Marie
Mrs. Sally Adams (Reprise)The Company
Finale The Company and Mrs. Sally Adams