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Imperial Theatre , (10/31/1957 - 4/11/1959)
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Opening Date:Oct 31, 1957   
Closing Date:Apr 11, 1959 Total Performances:555

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Pigeon Island, a mythical island off Jamaica. Time, the present.
Comments: On layoff from June 28 - August 11, 1958.

Production Staff [Collapse]
Produced by David Merrick
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Musical Direction, Continuity, and Vocals by Lehman Engel; Dance Music and Additional Vocals by Peter Matz; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang
Directed by Robert Lewis; Choreographed by Jack Cole
Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Miles White; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal; Hair Stylist: Ernest Adler; Assistant to Oliver Smith: Robert O'Hearn; Assistant to Miles White: Florence Klotz and Michael Travis; Assistant to Ernest Adler: Paul Penzo
General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Vince McKnight
Production Stage Manager: Neil Hartley; Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell; Assistant Stage Mgr: Alan Shayne and James E. Wall
Orchestra Personnel Manager: Sol Gusikoff
General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: David Powers; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden; Assistant to Mr. Merrick: David M. Pelham; Assistant to Mr. Lewis: Judd Mathison; Assistant to Jack Cole: Walter Nicks
Lena Horne
Broadway debut
Ricardo Montalban Koli
Adelaide Hall Grandma Obeah
Josephine Premice Ginger
Joe Adams Joe Nashua
Alvin Ailey Lead Dancer
Ethel Ayler Island Woman
Adelaide Boatner Island Woman
George Boreland Islander
Hugh Bryant Islander
Herb Coleman Islander
Jayne Craddock Islander
Ossie Davis Cicero
Hugh Dilworth Hucklebuck
Norma Donaldson Islander
Patricia Dunn Islander
Doris Galiber Islander
Frank Glass Islander
Harold Gordon Islander
Lavinia Hamilton Islander
Sandra Hinton Islander
Nat Horne Islander
Albert Johnson Islander
Chailendra Jones Islander
Cristyne Lawson Lead Dancer
Tony Martinez 1st Ship's Officer
Audrey Mason Islander
Jim McMillan Islander
Charles Moore Islander
Sally Neal Islander
Pearl Reynolds Islander
Erik Rhodes The Governor
Allen Richards Dock Worker
Augustine Rios Quico
Alan Shayne Radio Announcer
Christine Spencer Islander
Carolyn Stanford Islander
Claude Thompson Islander
Roy Thompson Snodgrass
Ben Vargas Islander
Jacqueline Walcott Islander
James E. Wall Lancaster
Billy Wilson Islander
Barbara Wright Islander
Michael Wright 2nd Ship's Officer
Understudies: Ethel Ayler (Savannah), Charles Blackwell (Joe Nashua), Adelaide Boatner (Grandma Obeah), Hugh Bryant (Koli, Radio Announcer), Virginia Capers (Grandma Obeah), Herb Coleman (Quico), Alan Shayne (Koli, The Governor), Roy Thompson (Joe Nashua), Jacqueline Walcott (Ginger) and James E. Wall (Cicero)
Tony Award®
 1958 Best Musical [nominee]
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Produced by David Merrick
 1958 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Ricardo Montalban
 1958 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Lena Horne
 1958 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Ossie Davis
 1958 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Josephine Premice
 1958 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Oliver Smith
 1958 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Miles White
music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
ACT 1Sung By
Savannah Koli and Fishermen
Savannah's Wedding Day Grandma Obeah and Islanders
Pretty to Walk With Savannah
Push the Button Savannah
Incompatibility Koli, Quico and Island Men
Little Biscuit Cicero and Ginger
Cocoanut Sweet Grandma Obeah and Savannah
Pity the Sunset Koli and Savannah
Yankee Dollar Ginger and Islanders
What Good Does It Do? Koli, Cicero and Quico
Monkey in the Mango Tree Koli and Fishermen
Take It Slow, Joe Savannah
Ain't It the Truth Savannah
ACT 2Sung By
Leave the Atom Alone Ginger and Islanders
Cocoanut Sweet (Reprise)Savannah
For Every Fish Grandma Obeah and Fishermen
I Don't Think I'll End It All Today Savannah, Koli and Islanders
Napoleon Savannah
Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)Savannah and Islanders
Savannah (Reprise)Savannah, Koli and Islanders