Active on Broadway
in the following productions:
Mister Roberts (1948). Comedy. Written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan
. Based on the novel by Thomas Heggen
. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner
. Directed by Joshua Logan
. Alvin Theatre: 18 Feb 1948- 6 Jan 1951 (1157 performances). Cast: Henry Fonda
(as "Lieutenant (jg) Roberts"), William Harrigan
(as "The Captain"), Robert Keith
(as "Doc"), David Wayne
(as "Ensign Pulver"), Tige Andrews
(as "Ensemble"), Robert Baines, Fred Barton, Joe Bernard, Jocelyn Brando
(as "Lieutenant Ann Girard"), John Campbell, Ellis Eringer, Murray Hamilton
(as "Shore Patrol Officer"), Steven Hill, Marshall Jamison, John Jordan, Mikel Kane, Bob Keith Jr., Lee Krieger, John (Red) Kullers, Rusty Lane
(as "Chief Johnson"), Harvey Lembeck
(as "Insigna"), Karl Lukas
(as "Lindstrom"), Joseph Marr
(as "Dowdy"), Ralph Meeker
(as "Mannion"), Walter Mullen, Jack Pierce, James Sherwood, Len Smith Jr., Sanders (Sandy) Turner, Casey Walters. Replacement actors included: Larry Blyden
(as "Ensign Pulver/Shore Patrol Officer") [variously from 18 Feb 1948- 6 Jan 1951], Alvy Moore
[from 18 Feb 1948- 6 Jan 1951], Eli Wallach
(as "Stefanowski") [from 18 Feb 1948- 6 Jan 1951], Tiger Andrews variously performed as "Schlemmer" during this period. Produced by Leland Hayward
Wish You Were Here (1952). Material adaption 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. Uncredited show doctoring by Jerome Robbins
. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner
. Directed by Joshua Logan
. Imperial Theatre: 25 Jun 1952- 26 Nov 1953 (598 performances). Cast: Frank Aletter
(as "Eli, Itchy's Assistant"), Sidney Armus, Tom Ayre, Nancy Baker, Mardi Bayne, Joan Berke, Larry Blyden
(as "Schmutz, Itchy's Assistant"), Sheila Bond, Sue Brin, Jack Cassidy
(as "Chick Miller"), Harry Clark, Robert Dixon, Norma Doggett, Elliott Feder, Richard France, Nancy Franklin, Gus Giordano, Elaine Gordon, Denise Griffin, Stanley Grover, Florence Henderson
(as "The New Girl"), Bill Hogue, Ray Hyson, Joan Johnston, Leo Kayeworth, Sybil Lamb, Al Lawrence, George Lenz, Roslynd Lowe, Patricia Marand, Leila Martin, Joe Milan, Phyllis Newman
(as "Sarah"), Toni Parker, Candi Parsons, Don Paterson, John Perkins, Shirley Ann Prior, Inga Rode, Fred Sadoff, Reid Shelton, Sammy Smith, Harry Snow, Ray Steele, Wally Strauss, Jan Stuart, Joseph Thomas, Tom Tryon
(as "Alex, Waiter"), Paul Valentine, Gloria Van Deweel, Don Wayne, Beverly Weston, Steve Wiland, Rain Winslow. Note: Ray Walston
(as "Itchy Flexner") was replaced in previews. Produced by Leland Hayward
and Joshua Logan.
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1953). Comedy.
Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? (1958). Comedy. Written by Norman Krasna
. Incidental music by Bernard Green. Scenic Design by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Costume Design by Ruth Morley. Directed by Alex Segal. Martin Beck Theatre: 3 Mar 1958- 30 Aug 1958 (208 performances). Cast: Roxanne Arlen, Robert Burr, Stephen C. Cheng, Pamela Curran, Virginia de Luce, Dan Frazer, Peter Gumeny, Peter Lind Hayes
(as "David Williams"), 'Mary Healy' (as "Ann Williams"), 'Richard Kuen Loo' (as "Lee Wong"), Frank Milan, Joan Morgan, Gregory Morton, W. Edgar Rooney, Wallace Rooney
(as "Schultz"), Larry Storch
(as "Orlov"), William Swetland, Ray Walston
(as "Michael Haney"), Roland Winters
(as "Harry Powell"). Relacement actor: Larry Blyden
(as "Michael Haney") [replaced Ray Walston]. Produced by Leland Hayward
Flower Drum Song (1958). Musical comedy. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee
. Music by Richard Rodgers
. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett
. Musical Director: Salvatore Dell'Isola. Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson Jr. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff
. Lighting Design by Peggy Clark. Hair Design by Ronald De Mann. Choreographed by Carol Haney. Directed by Gene Kelly
. St. James Theatre: 1 Dec 1958- 7 May 1960 (600 performances). Cast: Larry Blyden
(as "Sammy Fong"), Pat Suzuki, Miyoshi Umeki
(as "Mei-Li"), Juanita Hall, Arabella Hong [Broadway debut
], Ed Kenney, Keye Luke
(as "Wang Chi Yang"), Patrick Adiarte, Jose Ahumada, Fumi Akimoto, Peter Chan (as "Professor Cheng"), Paula Chin, Victor Duntiere, Anita Ellis, Helen Funai, Pat Griffith, Luis Robert Hernandez, Mary Huie, Marion Jim, Betty Kawamura, Susan Lynn Kikuchi, Baayork Lee, Jon Lee, Chao Li, George Li, David Lober, Robert Lorca, Harry Shaw Lowe, Wonci Lui, George Minami, Jo Anne Miya, Eileen NaKamura, Denise Quan, Rose Quong [Broadway debut
], Vicki Racimo, Linda Ribuca, Yvonne Ribuca, Shawnee Smith, Jack Soo
(as "Frankie Wing") [Broadway debut
], Maureen Tiongco, David Toguri, Mabel Wing, Conrad Yama, George Young, Yuriko. Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Produced in association with Joseph Fields
. Note: Nominated for 1959 Tony Award
(with Hammerstein) for Best Book (Musical) and Best Musical.
Harold (1962). Comedy.
Foxy (1964). Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; Book by Ian McLellan Hunter
and Ring Lardner Jr.
. Based on "Volpone" by Ben Jonson. Musical Director: Donald Pippin. Vocal arrangements by Donald Pippin. Music orchestrated by Eddie Sauter and Hal Schaefer. Dance arrangements by Hal Schaefer. Scenic Design by Robert Randolph. Lighting Design by Robert Randolph. Costume Design by Robert Fletcher. Choreographed by Jack Cole. Directed by Robert Lewis. Ziegfeld Theatre: 16 Feb 1964- 18 Apr 1964 (72 performances). Cast: Larry Blyden
(as "Doc"), Bert Lahr
(as "Foxy"), John Aristedes
(as "Second Eskimo/Prospector"), Helen Baisley, Carlos Bas, Charles Cagle, Mary Ann Corrigan, Virginia Craig, Cathryn Damon, John Davidson, George Del Monte, Lang Des Jardins, Judith Dunford, Herb Fields, Alice Glenn, Edward Greenhalgh, John Hallow, Robert H. Harris, Tim Harum, Gerald Hiken, Lee Howard, Eddie James, John Keats, Anthony Kemble-Cooper
(as "Lord Rottingham"), Tony Kraber, Robert LaCrosse, Marlena Lustik, Julienne Marie, Ethel Martin, Constance Meng, Nancy Myers, Will Parkins, Shelly Rann, David Rounds, Suanne Shirley, June Eve Story, Newt Sullivan, John Taliaferro, Susan Terry, John Waller. Produced by David Merrick
Luv (1964). Comedy.
The Apple Tree (1966). Musical comedy.
You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (1967).
The Mother Lover (1969).
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1972). Musical comedy (revival). Music by Stephen Sondheim
. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Burt Shevelove
and Larry Gelbart
. Based on the plays of Plautus. Musical and vocal direction by Milton Rosenstock. Music orchestrated by Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin. Dance arrangements by Hal Schaefer. Additional dance music by Richard De Benidictis. Choreographed by Ralph Beaumont. Directed by Burt Shevelove. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: 30 Mar 1972- 12 Aug 1972 (156 performances + 3 previews). Cast: Phil Silvers
(as "Prologus, an actor, Pseudolus, slave to Hero"), Carl Ballantine
(as "Lycus, a buyer and seller of courtesans"), Larry Blyden
(as "Hysterium, slave to Senex and Domina"), Pamela Hall, John Hansen, 'Carl Lindstrom' (as "Miles Gloriosus, a warrior"), Lew Parker
(as "Senex, a citizen of Rome"), Lizabeth Pritchett
(as "Domina, wife of Senex"), Chad Block, Sonja Haney, Keita Keita, Lauren Lucas, Trish Mahoney, Gloria Mills, Reginald Owen
(as "Erronius, a citizen of Rome"), Joe Ross, Charlene Ryan, Bill Starr. Replacement actor: Tom Poston
(as "Prologus/Pseudolus"). Produced by David Black and Larry Blyden. Produced in association with Seymour Vall and Henry Honeckman. Note: 1972 Tony Award
® winner Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Larry Blyden, 1972 Tony Award
® winner Best Actor in a Musical: Phil Silvers.
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973). Special/benefit. Featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein
, Jule Styne
and Richard Rodgers
. Featuring songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
. Musical Director: Paul Gemignani. Special arrangements by Jonathan Tunick. Choreographed by Donna McKechnie. Directed by Burt Shevelove
. Shubert Theatre: 11 Mar 1973 (1 performance). Cast: George Lee Andrews, Leonard Bernstein (as "Special Guest"), Larry Blyden
(as "Performer"), Susan Browning, Len Cariou, Jack Cassidy
(as "Performer"), Dorothy Collins, Steve Elmore, Harvey Evans, George Furth
(as "Special Guest"), Hermione Gingold
(as "Performer"), James Goldman, Laurence Guittard, Pamela Hall, Sheldon Harnick (as "Special Guest"), Ron Holgate, Beth Howland
(as "Performer"), Glynis Johns
(as "Performer"), Justine Johnston, Larry Kert, Mark Lambert, Angela Lansbury
(as "Performer"), Goddard Lieberson, Victoria Mallory, Mary McCarty, Donna McKechnie, John McMartin, Pamela Myers, Anthony Perkins
(as "Special Guest"), Kurt Peterson, Alice Playten, Harold Prince
(as "Special Guest"), Teri Ralston, Chita Rivera
(as "Performer"), Mary Rodgers (as "Special Guest"), Marti Rolph, Virginia Sandifur, Burt Shevelove (as "Special Guest"), Diana Shumlin (as "Special Guest"), Ethel Shutta, Alexis Smith
, Tony Stevens, Jule Styne (as "Special Guest"), Nancy Walker
. Produced by Kurt Peterson. Produced in association with Craig Zadan and Neil Appelbaum.
Absurd Person Singular (1974). Comedy. Written by Alan Ayckbourn
. Directed by Eric Thompson. Music Box Theatre: 8 Oct 1974- 6 Mar 1976 (591 performances + 7 previews that began on 1 Oct 1974). Cast: Larry Blyden
(as "Sidney") [died during production run; replaced by Paul Shyre
], Sandy Dennis
(as "Eva"), Richard Kiley
(as "Ronald"), Geraldine Page
(as "Marion"), Tony Roberts
(as "Geoffrey "), Carole Shelley
(as "Jane"). Standbys: Wayne Carson (as "Geoffrey/Ronald/Sidney"), Marilyn Clark (as "Eva/Jane/Marion"). Replacement actors during production run: Marilyn Clark (as "Jane") [from 4 Aug 1975- ?], Curt Dawson (as "Geoffrey") [from 12 May 1975- ?], Dalton Dearborn (as "Ronald") [from 4 Aug 1975- ?] (as "Sidney") [from 24 Oct 1975- ?], Carol Lynley
(as "Eva") [from 26 Jun 1975- ?], Sheila MacRae
(as "Marion") [from 25 Aug 1975- ?], Paul Shyre (as "Sidney") [from 19 May 1975- ?], Betsy von Furstenberg
(as "Eva") [from 12 Jan 1976- ?], Fritz Weaver
(as "Ronald") [from 10 Mar 1975- ?]. Standbys: Dalton Dearborn (as "Ronald"), Martha Randall (as "Marion"), Naomi Riordan (as "Eva/Jane"). Produced by The Theatre Guild (Philip Langner
and Armina Marshall Langner
) and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Produced in association with Michael Codron. Note (1): Music Box Theatre owned and operated by Irving Berlin
[who had no direct involvement in this production] and Select Theatres Corporation. Note (2): Larry Blyden was replaced by Paul Shyre in the role of Sidney on 19 May 1975 and was killed in Agadia, Morocco while on vacation on 6 Jun 1975 at age 49. Wayne Carson understudied for Blyden.
In 1962, he starred in an unsold pilot for a proposed TV comedy series called "Wake Up, Stupid" about a former boxer turned college professor who constantly daydreams about his prizefighting days.
In 1966, he starred an unsold pilot for a proposed CBS comedy sitcom called "Green for Danger" aka "Green for Action". The plot concerned the adventures of a bumbling investigator who, despite his ineptitude, always managed to solve the case.
(1962) He directed Herman Raucher
's play, "Harold", at the Cort Theatre in New York City, with Anthony Perkins
in the cast.
(October 12 to November 20, 1971) He acted in the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker in the cast. Burt Shevelove was director. Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart wrote the book. Stephen Sondheim was composer and lyricist.
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