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House of Flowers   

Alvin Theatre, (12/30/1954 - 5/21/1955)
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Opening Date: Dec 30, 1954    
Closing Date: May 21, 1955 Total Performances: 165

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: An Island somewhere in the French West Indies during a Mardi-Gras weekend.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Leased by Herman Bernstein
Produced by Saint Subber
Book by Truman Capote; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen; Musical Director: Jerry Arlen; Music orchestrated by Ted Royal; Additional lyrics for "Indoor Girl" by Michael Brown; Vocal arrangements by Peter Matz; Dance arrangements by Peter Matz
Directed by Peter Brook; Choreographed by Herbert Ross; Banda dance choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
Scenic Design by Oliver Messel; Costume Design by Oliver Messel; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal
General Manager: C. Edwin Knill
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Victor; Stage Manager: John Barry Ryan and John Scott
Steel Band Member: Michael Alexander, Roderick Clavery and Alphonso Marshall; Music Contractor: Sidney Rich
General Press Representative: Dorothy Ross; Press Representative: Betty Lee Hunt; Advertising Consultant: Ingram Ash; Casting Consultant: Monte Kay
Pearl BaileyMadame Fleur
Alvin AileyAlvin
Miriam BurtonMother
Duchess of the Sea
Diahann Carroll
Broadway debut
Ottilie alias Violet
Leu ComachoOne of the Sisters Meringue
Joseph ComadoreTownsperson
Carmen De LavalladeCarmen
Dino DiLucaMonsieur Jamison
Hubert DilworthTownsperson
Solomon Earl GreenDon't
Juanita HallMadame Tango
Dolores HarperTulip
Winston George HenriquesDo
Phillip HepburnTownsperson
Geoffrey HolderThe Champion
Louis JohnsonTownsperson
Cristyne LawsonTownsperson
Mary LouiseTownsperson
Don McKayleTownsperson
Arthur MitchellTownsperson
Mary Mon ToyMamselle Honolulu
Ada MooreGladiola
Enid MosierPansy
Walter NicksTownsperson
Frederick O'NealThe Houngan
Albert PopwellTownsperson
Don RedmanChief of Police
Pearl ReynoldsMamselle Ibo-Lele
Margot SmallOne of the Sisters Meringue
Rawn SpearmanRoyal
Herbert StubbsTownsperson
Glory Van ScottMamselle Cigarette
Ray WalstonCaptain Jonas
Understudies: Miriam Burton (Madame Tango), Hubert Dilworth (The Houngan), Cristyne Lawson (Tango Belle), Mary Louise (Gladiola, Ottilie alias Violet), Ada Moore (Madame Fleur), Walter Nicks (Chief of Police), Albert Popwell (The Champion), Bill Sharron (Captain Jonas, Monsieur Jamison), Herbert Stubbs (Royal) and Glory Van Scott (Pansy)
Tony Award®
winner 1955 Best Scenic Design [winner] 
  Oliver Messel
music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Waitin'Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
One Man Ain't Quite EnoughMadame Fleur
Madame Tango's TangoMadame Tango and Tango Belles
A Sleepin' BeeOttilie alias Violet, Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
Bamboo CageThe Champion, The Steel Band, Do, Don't, Pansy, Tulip, Gladiola, Madame Tango, Chief of Police and The Ensemble
House of FlowersRoyal and Ottilie alias Violet
Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana TreePansy, Gladiola, Carmen, Tulip and The Ensemble
What Is a Friend For?Madame Fleur
A Sleepin' Bee (Reprise) Ottilie alias Violet and Royal
Mardi GrasMother, Carmen, Alvin and The Ensemble
I Never Has Seen SnowOttilie alias Violet
ACT 2 Sung By
Husband CagePansy, Tulip, Gladiola and Ensemble
Indoor Girl
(lyrics by Michael Brown)
Madame Fleur
Has I Let You Down?Madame Fleur, Pansy, Tulip and Gladiola
VoudouThe Houngan and The Ensemble
Slide, Boy, SlideMadame Tango, Alvin and The Ensemble
Don't Like GoodbyesMadame Fleur
Turtle SongRoyal, Ottilie alias Violet and The Ensemble
Bamboo Cage (Reprise) The Entire Company and The Ensemble
Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree (Reprise) The Entire Company