Active on Broadway
in the following productions:
Promises, Promises (1968). Musical comedy. Book by Neil Simon
. Based on the film "The Apartment" by Billy Wilder
and I.A.L. Diamond
. Music by Burt Bacharach
. Lyrics by Hal David
. Musical Director: Harold Wheeler
. Dance arrangements by Harold Wheeler. Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick
. Choreographed by Michael Bennett
. Assistant Choreographer: Bob Avian
. Directed by Robert Moore
. Shubert Theatre: 1 Dec 1968- 1 Jan 1972 (1281 performances + 7 previews). Cast: Jill O'Hara (as "Fran Kubelik"), Jerry Orbach
(as "Chuck Baxter"), A. Larry Haines (as "Dr. Dreyfuss"), Edward Winter (as "J.D. Sheldrake"), Barbara Alston (as "Intern's Date"), Adrienne Angel (as "Sylvia Gilhooley"), Rod Barry (as "New Young Executive/Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Carole Bishop (as "Company Nurse/Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Kelly Britt (as "Orchestra Voice"), Gene Cooper (as "Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Graciela Daniele
(as "Clancy's Employee/Intern's Date"), Bob Fitch (as "Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Margot Hanson (as "Orchestra Voice"), Betsy Haug (as "Dining Room Hostess/Clancy's Employee"), Ken Howard
(as "Bartender Eddie/Karl Kubelik"), Neil Jones (as "Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Baayork Lee
(as "Lum Ding Hostess/Miss Wong"), Debra Lyman (as "Swing Dancer"), Bettye McCormick (as "Orchestra Voice"), Donna McKechnie (as "Vivien Della Hoya"), Marian Mercer
(as "Marge MacDougall"), Vince O'Brien (as "Mr. Eichelberger"), Rita O'Connor (as "Dentist's Nurse/Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Gerry O'Hara (as "Company Doctor/Intern"), Dick O'Neill (as "Jesse Vanderhof"), Kay Oslin (as "Helen Sheldrake"), Scott Pearson (as "Waiter/Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Paul Reed (as "Mr. Dobitch"), Margo Sappington
(as "Miss Polanski/Clancy's Employee"), Michael Shawn (as "Intern/Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Norman Shelly (as "Mr. Kirkeby"), Ilona Simon (as "Orchestra Voice"), Millie Slavin (as "Peggy Olson"), Julane Stites (as "Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Don Stomsvik (as "Swing Dancer"), Melissa Stoneburn (as "Clancy's Lounge Patron"), Michael Vita (as "Madison Square Garden Attendant/Bartender Eugene"). Standby: Peter Lombard (as "Chuck Baxter/J.D. Sheldrake"). Understudies: Kelly Britt
(as "Marge MacDougall"), Bob Fitch (as "Mr. Kirkeby"), Rita O'Connor (as "Peggy Olson"), Dick O'Neill
(as "Mr. Dobitch"), Margo Sappington (as "Fran Kubelik"), Norman Shelly
(as "Dr. Dreyfuss"), Henry Sutton (as "Jesse Vanderhof/Mr. Eichelberger"), Michael Vita (as "Karl Kubelik"). Produced by David Merrick
. Associate Producer: Samuel Liff.
Played 'Christmas Morgan' in the original Broadway
run of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" replacing Joe Sirola who created the role. The musical ran from November 3, 1960 to February 10, 1962 for 532 performances.
Co-starred as Herbert Bushman in the Broadway
comedy "Skyscraper". The play ran from November 13, 1965 to June 11, 1966 for 248 performances. The production starred Julie Harris
as Georgina, Peter Marshall
as Timothy Bushman, Charles Nelson Reilly
as Roger Summerhill, Donald Burr
as Mr. Allerton, Nancy Cushman
as Mrs. Allerton and Rex Everhart
Played 'Clifford Grant' in the Broadway
comedy "Tough to Get Help". The played closed after opening night, May 4, 1972. Abe Vigoda
was also featured in the cast.
(1973) In a quintessential instance of the Second City Complex, he was flown from his hometown, New York City, to Chicago to portray the controversial and still-in-office mayor of the city, Richard J. Daley
for a musical adaptation of Chicago Daily News columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Royko
's book about Daley, "Boss." The production, using a script by Frank Galati
and directed by William Pullinsi, was performed in Pullinsi's Forum Theater in the Chicago suburb of Summit, IL.
(May 25, 1973) He played Mayor Daley in the musical, "Boss," at the Forum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Dolores Rothenberger (Sis); Roy Gioconda (Quinn); Bill Koza (Kennelly); James Harms (Michael Richard); Joe Bratcher (Lloyd); Constance Cooper (Sister Mary); Marty Zargon (Alderman Gozchitski); William McCauley (Richard Michael); Iris Lieberman (Frieda Toke); Bruce Taylor (Stan Yutu); Julie Jourdan (Betty Jonelle); Nancy Irvine (Cindina Mae) and Ed Krieger (Al) in the cast. William Pullinsi was director and producer. Nick Venden was composer. Frank Galati was lyricist. Lou Conte was choreographer.
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