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(1940). Stage Play: Keep Off the Grass. Musical comedy/revue. Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Al Dubin and Howard Dietz. Sketches by Mort Lewis, Parke Levy, Alan Lipscott, S. Jay Kaufman and Panama & Frank. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek and Don Walker. Vocal arrangements by Anthony R. Morelli. Miss O'Brien's arrangements by Arthur Wilson. Scenic Design by Nat Karson. Costume Design by Nat Karson. Stage Directed by Frederick De Cordova. Book directed by Edward Duryea Dowling. Choreographed by George Balanchine. Broadhurst Theatre: 23 May 1940- 29 Jun 1940 (44 performances). Cast: Larry Adler (as "The Old Park Bench" Singer/"Toscanini, Stokowski and Me" Assistant"), Ray Arnett, Billie Bernice, Mimi Berry, Blondie (as "Dorothy Thompson/Misinformation, Please"), Peanuts Bohn, Ray Bolger (as "Crazy as a Loon" Singer/Dancer/Thirsty Man/The Fountain/"A Latin Tune, A Manhattan Moon, and You Singer/"A Latin Tune, A Manhattan Moon, and You Dancer/"Rhett, Scarlett & Ashley" Singer/"Old Jitterbug" Singer/"Old Jitterbug" Dancer/"Raffles" Dancer/The Tiger/Hormones/"This is Winter" Dancer"), Betty Bruce (as "I'll Applaud You With My Feet" Singer/Dancer/"A Latin Tune, A Manhattan Moon, and You Singer/"A Latin Tune, A Manhattan Moon, and You Dancer/"Look Out For My Heart" Dancer/"Raffles" Dancer"), Virginia Burke, Martha Burnett, Imogen Carpenter, Ilka Chase (as "She/Romantique/Thirsty Woman/The Fountain/Juliet/Shakespeare's-A-Poppin/"Rhett, Scarlett & Ashley" Singer/Art Lover/Museum Piece"), Gloria Clare, Harriet Clarke, John Coy, Margie Dale, Maude Davis, Bela de Tuscan, Joanna de Tuscan, Fred Deming, Helen Devlin, Henry Dick, La Motte Dodson, Jimmy Durante (as "Dr. Kildare/The Tree Doctor/The Fugitive/A Fugitive From Esquire/Clifton Fadiman/Misinformation,Please/McSwindle/Shakespeare's-A-Poppin/"Rhett, Scarlett & Ashley" Singer/Guide/Museum Piece/"Toscanini, Stokowski and Me" Conductor/Mulligan/Hormones"), Hugh Ellsworth, Esta Elman, Jane Froman, Gloria Gaffey, Peggy Gallimore, Jackie Gleason (as "The Cabby's Serenade" Singer/Dr. Christian/The Tree Doctor/The Cop/The Fountain/The Valet/A Fugitive From Esquire/"The Old Park Bench" Singer/Tybalt/Shakespeare's-A-Poppin/Art Lover/Museum Piece/"Toscanini, Stokowski and Me" Assistant/A Salesman/Hormones"), Jiggs (as "F.P.A./Misinformation, Please"), Emmett Kelly (as "The Cabby's Serenade" Singer/"The Old Park Bench" Singer/Art Lover/Museum Piece/La Motte Dodson's Monkeys Performer"), Ann Lass, Lynn Lawrence, June Le Roy, 'Jose Limon' (as "Performer"), Peggy Littlejohn, Louie (as "Oscar Levant/Misinformation, Please"), Lois Martin, Mary Joan Martin, John McAuley, Margery Moore, Hal Neiman, Virginia O'Brien (as "Performer") [final Broadway role], Sunnie O'Dea, Patsy (as "Ann Sheridan/Misinformation, Please"), Percy (as "Gypsy Rose Lee"), Jane Gray Petri, Nan Rae, Jerry Robbins (as "Dancing Young Man"), Robert Shackleton, Jerry Shepherd, Bob Sidney, Jane Starner, Aileen Stone, Sylvia Stone, Arnold Saint Subber (as "Bootblack/The Fountain/Art Lover"), Frances Tannehill (as "Park Stroller/The Fountain/Bird Lover/Birds/The Morelli Singers"), Lee Tannen, The Toreadors, Daphne Vane, Sid Walker, Mimi Walthers, Don Weissmuller. Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert.

(1959). Stage Play: Gypsy [A musical fable]. Musical drama. Based on material by Arthur Laurents. Music by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Lighting and Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Broadway Theatre (moved to The Imperial Theatre from 15 Aug 1960- close): 21 May 1959- 25 Mar 1961 (702 performances + 2 previews). Cast: Ethel Merman, Sandra Church, Jack Klugman, Marvin Arnold, John Borden, Lane Bradbury, Bobby Brownell, Patsy Bruder, Gene Castle, Ricky Coll, Marilyn Cooper, Steve Curry, Faith Dane, Imelda De Martin, Marilyn D'Honau, Don Emmons, Chotzi Foley, Erving Harmon, Billy Harris, Maria Karnilova, Gloria Kristy, Jody Lane, Merle Letowt, Loney Lewis, Barbara London, Mort Marshall, Jacqueline Mayro, Denise McLaglen, Karen Moore, Peg Murray, Theda Nelson, Michael Parks, Joan Petlack, Richard Porter, Marsha Rivers, Joe Silver, Willy Sumner, Carroll Jo Towers, Ian Tucker, Marie Wallace, Paul Wallace, David Winters, George Zima. Replacement cast: [during Broadway Theatre run:] Jeffrey Allan (as "Newsboy"), Billy Curtis (as "Newsboy"), Linda Donovan (as "Gail"), Dick Foster (as "Yonkers"), Anita Gillette (as "Thelma"), Harvey Hohnecker (as "Farm Boy"), Merle Letowt (as "June"), Michael Mann (as "Angie/Farm Boy"), Marsha Rivers (as "Electra"), Jay Roy (as "Clarence and his classic clarinet/Newsboy"), Willy Sumner (as "Mr. Goldstone"), Charles White (as "Uncle Jocko"). Standby: Julienne Marie (as "Louise"). Understudies: Anita Gillette (as "June"), Harvey Hohnecker (as "Tulsa"). [During Imperial Theatre run:] Patty Brownell (as "Balloon Girl"), Betty Bruce (as "Tessie Tura") [final Broadway role], Julienne Marie (as "Louise"), Alice Playten (as "Baby Louise"), Julia Ross (as "Mazeppa"), June Squibb (as "Electra"), Jan Tanzy (as "Baby June"). Produced by David Merrick and Leland Hayward. Note: Produced on film as Gypsy (1962).

(1938- 1961). Active on Broadway in the following productions:

(1938). Stage Play: The Boys from Syracuse. Musical comedy. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Book by George Abbott. Based on the play "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare. Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Musical Director: Harry S. Levant. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Choreographed by George Balanchine. Directed by George Abbott. Alvin Theatre: 23 Nov 1938- 10 Jun 1939 (235 performances). Cast: Eddie Albert (as "Antipholus of Syracuse"), Grace Albert, Micky Alvarez, Dolores Anderson, Muriel Angelus, Carroll Ashburn (as "Duke of Ephesus"), Libby Bennett, Marguerite Benton, Ruth Brady, Betty Bruce (as "Courtezan") [Broadway debut], Florine Callahan, Renee Cettel, George Church, John Clarke, Stella Clauson, Alice Craig, Betty De Elmo, Buddy Douglas, Clifford Dunstan, Florence Fair, Bee Farnum, Sidney Gordon, Ruth Gormly, Ronald Graham, Joseph Granville, Joseph Harris, Teddy Hart (as "Dromio of Ephesus"), Claire Harvey, Robert Howard, Burl Ives (as "Tailor's Apprentice"), Dan Karry, Laura Kellogg, Bob Lawrence, Lita Lede, Connie Leslie, Tom Lynch, Jack Malis, Owen Martin, Edwin Mills, Vivien Moore, Wynn Murray, John O'Shaughnessy, Harry Peterson, Jimmy Savo, Joseph Scandur (as "Singer"), Byron Shores (as "Merchant of Syracuse"), Robert Sidney, Mildred Solly, Lee Tannen, Anna Mae Tesslo, Beau Tilden (as "Dancer"), Heidi Vosseler, Margaret Walsh, Davenie Watson (as "Dancer"), Marcy Wescott (as "Luciana"), Armonce Wilkins (as "Singer"), James Wilkinson, Claire Wolf, Herbert Wood (as "Singer"). Produced by George Abbott.

(1941). Stage Play: High Kickers. Musical comedy. Based on an idea by Phil Silvers. Book by George Jessel, Bert Kalmar, and Harry Ruby. Choreographed by Carl Randall. Directed by Ed Sobol. Broadhurst Theatre: 31 Oct 1941- 28 Mar 1942 (171 performances). Cast: Sunny Ainsworth (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Jean Anthony (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Helen Barrie (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Rollin Bauer (as "The Doctor"), Bob Bay (as "The Stylish Four/Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Barbara Brewster (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Gloria Brewster (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Betty Bruce (as "Mamie/Betty"), Lucille Casey, Stephanie Cekan, Chaz Chase (as "A Stage Hand"), Bonita Edwards (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Franklyn Fox (as "Frank Whipple"), Victor Griffin (as "The Stylish Four/Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Marilyn Hale (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Eleanor Hall (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Frances Hammond (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Anne Helm, Ellen Howard, Jack Howard, Marjorie Jackson (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Lois January (as "Kitty McKay"), Dorothy Jeffers (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), George Jessel (as "George M. Krause, Sr., Kelly/George M. Krause, Jr.), Rose King (as "Hortense Wilberforce"), Harry Mack, Jack Mann, Joe Marks, Mary Marlow, Mary-Robin Marlow, Joyce Mathews (as "American Showgirl/Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Ray McGregor (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Dick Monahan (as "George M. Krause, Jr."), Bobbie Prieser (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Ted Shapiro (as "The Pianist"), Bob Shaw (as "The Stylish Four/Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Betty Jane Smith (as "Betty Jane"), Betty Stewart (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Helen Spruill (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Lee Sullivan (as "Jimmy Wilberforce"), Rose Teed (as "American Showgirl/Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Sophie Tucker (as "Sophie Tucker"), Billy Vine (as "The Candy Spieler"), Marion Warnes (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Donald Weissmuller (as "Stuart Morgan Dancer"), Chick York (as "Mayor John Wilberforce"), Harold Young (as "The Stylish Four/Stuart Morgan Dancer"). Produced by George Jessel and Alfred Bloomingdale.

(1943). Stage Play: Something for the Boys. Musical comedy. Music by Cole Porter. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Lyrics by Cole Porter. Choral arrangements by William Parson. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek, Robert Russell Bennett, Don Walker and Ted Royal. Scenic Design by Howard Bay. Costume Design by Billy Livingston. Assistant to Mr. Bay: Albert A. Ostrander. Assistant to Mr. Livingston: Grace Houston. Lighting Design by Hassard Short. Choreographed by Jack Cole. Book directed by Herbert Fields. Additional Numbers Staged by Lew Kessler. Directed by Hassard Short. Alvin Theatre: 7 Jan 1943- 8 Jan 1944 (422 performances). Cast: Ethel Merman (as "Blossom Hart"), Jimmy Allison (as "Singer"), Anita Alvarez (as "Micheala"), Alice Anthony (as "Dancer"), The Barnes Twins (as "Lois & Lucille"), Joseph Bell (as "Singer"), May Block (as "Dancer"), Betty Bruce (as "Betty-Jean"), William Callahan (as "Corp. Burns"), Stanley Catron (as "Dancer"), Madeleine Clive (as "Mrs. Grubbs"), Jean Coyne (as "Dancer"), Bob Davis (as "Dancer"), Betty Deane (as "Dancer"), Patricia Deering (as "Dancer"), Benny DeSio (as "Dancer"), Alan Fleming (as "Singer"), Jerry Florio (as "Dancer"), Albert Gaeta (as "Dancer"), Betty Garrett (as "Mary-Frances"), Aaron Gobetz (as "Dancer"), Ruth Godfrey (as "Dancer"), Dolores Goodman (as "Dancer"), Ray Harrison (as "Dancer"), Jack Hartley (as "Lt. Col. S.D. Grubbs"), Richard Harvey (as "Singer"), Betty Heather (as "Dancer"), Buddy Irving (as "Singer"), Margie Jackson (as "Dancer"), Allen Jenkins (as "Harry Hart"), Bill Johnson (as "Staff Sgt. Rocky Fulton"), Jeanne Jones (as "Dancer"), Art Lambert (as "Singer"), Stuart Langley (as "Sgt. Laddie Green"), Paula Laurence (as "Chiquita Hart"), Bruce Lord (as "Singer"), William Lynn (as "Mr. Tobias Twitch"), David Mann (as "Dancer"), Paul Mario (as "Singer"), Remi Martell (as "Sgt. Carter/Dancer"), Paul Martin (as "Dancer"), John Mayo (as "Singer"), Frances Mercer (as "Melanie Walker"), Joseph Monte (as "Singer"), Duncan Noble (as "Dancer"), Jean Owens (as "Dancer"), Jed Prouty (as "Roger Calhoun"), Ricky Riccardi (as "Dancer"), Walter Rinner (as "Burke/Singer"), Leslie Shannon (as "Dancer"), Ethel Sherman (as "Dancer"), Puddy Smith (as "Dancer"), Nina Starkey (as "Dancer"), William Vaux (as "Dancer"), Joe Viggiano (as "Dancer"), Murvyn Vye (as "Singer"),William Weber (as "Dancer"), Patricia Welles (as "Dancer"), Helen Wenzel (as "Dancer"), June Wieting (as "Dancer"), Lou Wills Jr. (as "Dancer"), Parker Wilson (as "Dancer"). Understudy: Betty Garrett (as "Blossom Hart"). Replacement actors: Leon Anthony (as "Dancer"), Tom Barrigan (as "Singer"), Dick Beard (as "Dancer"), Forrest Bonshire (as "Dancer"), Gloria Brooks (as "Dancer"), Betty Bruce (as "Chiquita Hart"), Edward Cassell (as "Singer"), Clarissa (as "Micheala"), Muriel Cole (as "Dancer"), William Drew (as "Dancer"), Charles Flynn (as "Singer"), Jack Foley (as "Dancer"), Charles Howard (as "Mr. Tobias Twitch"), Frank Hyers (as "Harry Hart"), George Lambrose (as "Singer"), Roma Leigh (as "Dancer"), Brayton Lewis (as "Singer"), June MacLaren (as "Dancer"), Jack Malis (as "Dancer"), Jerry Meilan (as "Dancer"), Mavis Mims (as "Betty-Jean"), Willamae Montur (as "Maid"), Ben Murphy (as "M.P./Singer"), Mischa Pompianov (as "Dancer"), Nancy Porter (as "Mary-Frances"), Bobby Preist (as "Dancer"), Dale Preist (as "Dancer"), Jules Racine (as "Dancer"), Gordon Richards (as "Singer"), Bob Roland (as "Singer"), Herbert Ross (as "Dancer"), Ruth Ryder (as "Dancer"), George Sabo (as "Dancer"), Shirl Thomas (as "Melanie Walker"), Terry Towne (as "Dancer"), Milton Watson (as "Sgt. Laddie Green"). Replacement cast: Leon Anthony (as "Dancer "), Tom Barrigan (as "Singer"), Dick Beard (as "Dancer"), Forest Bonshire [credited as Forrest Bonshire] (as "Dancer") [Broadway debut], Gloria Brooks (as "Dancer"), Betty Bruce (as "Chiquita Hart"), Edward Cassell (as "Singer"), Clarissa (as "Micheala "), Muriel Cole (as "Dancer"), William Drew (as "Dancer"), Charles Flynn (as "Singer"), Jack Foley (as "Dancer"), Charles Howard (as "Mr. Tobias Twitch"), Frank Hyers (as "Harry Hart"), George Lambrose (as "Singer"), Roma Leigh (as "Dancer"), Brayton Lewis (as "Singer"), June MacLaren (as "Dancer"), Jack Malis (as "Dancer"), Jerry Meilan (as "Dancer"), Mavis Mims (as "Betty-Jean"), Willamae Montur (as "Maid"), Ben Murphy (as "M.P./Singer"), Mischa Pompianov (as "Dancer"), Nancy Porter (as "Mary-Frances"), Bobby Preist (as "Dancer"), Dale Preist (as "Dancer"), Jules Racine (as "Dancer"), Gordon Richards (as "Singer"), Bob Roland (as "Singer"), Herbert Ross (as "Dancer") [Broadway debut], Ruth Ryder (as "Dancer"), George Sabo (as "Dancer"), Shirl Thomas (as "Melanie Walker"),Terry Towne (as "Dancer"), Milton Watson (as "Sgt. Laddie Green"). Produced by Michael Todd.

(1945). Stage Play: Up in Central Park. Musical comedy.

(1947). Stage Play: Up in Central Park. Musical comedy (revival).


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