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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 AletterEli
Itchy's Assistant
Sidney ArmusItchy Flexner
Tom AyreMonty
Fay's dancing partner
Nancy BakerEnsemble
Mardi BayneHenrietta
Wallflower
Joan BerkeEnsemble
Larry BlydenSchmutz
Itchy's Assistant
Sheila BondFay Fromkin
Sue BrinBillie
Bathing Beauty
Jack CassidyChick Miller
Harry ClarkHerman Fabricant
Robert DixonSid
Waiter friend of Chick's
Norma DoggettKitty
Bathing Beauty
Elliott FederEnsemble
Richard FranceLenny
Fay's dancing partner
Nancy FranklinMiriam
who has hay fever
Gus GiordanoMel
Fay's dancing partner
Elaine GordonSonja
Honeymooner (later billed as "Music Lover")
Denise GriffinLena
Wallflower
Stanley GroverFred
Florence HendersonThe New Girl
Bill HogueMorrie
Waiter
Ray HysonBarney
Waiter friend of Chick's
Joan JohnstonMildred
Bathing Beauty
Leo KayeworthBill
Waiter
Sybil LambShirley
Wallflower
Al LawrenceEnsemble
George LenzButch
Waiter
Roslynd LoweIrma
Wallflower
Patricia MarandTeddy Stern
Leila MartinGussie
Wallflower
Joe MilanSam
Fay's dancing partner
Phyllis NewmanSarah
Bathing Beauty
Toni ParkerEnsemble
Candi ParsonsEnsemble
Don PatersonEnsemble
John PerkinsHarry "Muscles" Green
Shirley Ann PriorJudy
Wallflower
Inga RodeEnsemble
Fred SadoffMarvin
Honeymooner (later billed as "Music Lover")
Reid SheltonJoe
Waiter
Sammy Smith
Broadway debut
Lou Kandel
Harry SnowHarry
Waiter
Ray SteelePhil
Waiter
Wally StraussEnsemble
Jan StuartAnna
Bathing Beauty
Joseph ThomasEccentric Diver
Tom TryonAlex
Waiter
Paul ValentinePinky Harris
Gloria Van DeweelFelice
Bathing Beauty
Don WayneMac
Beverly WestonThe Girl Diver
Steve WilandThe Acrobat
Rain WinslowWilma
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 KarefreeLou Kandel, Waiters and Ensemble
Goodbye LoveTeddy Stern, Fay Fromkin and Girls
(Ballad of a) Social DirectorItchy Flexner and Ensemble
Shopping AroundFay Fromkin
Bright College DaysWaiters
Mix and MingleChick Miller and Waiters
Could BeTeddy Stern and Girls
Tripping the Light FantasticEnsemble
(Ballad of a) Social Director (Reprise) Itchy Flexner and Ensemble
Where Did the Night Go?Chick Miller, Teddy Stern and Ensemble
Certain IndividualsFay Fromkin and Ensemble
They Won't Know MeChick Miller
Summer AfternoonPinky Harris and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Where Did the Night Go? (Be-Bop Version) (Reprise) Eli (Itchy's Assistant) and Ensemble
Don Jose (of Far Rockaway)Itchy Flexner and Ensemble
Everybody Love EverybodyFay Fromkin and Ensemble
Wish You Were HereChick Miller and Waiters
RelaxPinky Harris and Teddy Stern
Where Did the Night Go? (Be-Bop Version)Fay Fromkin and Ensemble
FlatteryTeddy Stern and Itchy Flexner
FinaleEntire Company