The Gay Life

Musical - Original

Shubert Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: November 16, 1961
  • Opening Date: November 18, 1961
  • Closing Date: February 24, 1962
  • Previews: 3
  • Performances: 113

Lyrics: Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz

Music: Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz

Book: Michael Kanin, Fay Kanin


A notorious Viennese ladies' man ultimately abandons his wild love for the innocent girl who has loved him for years, in the musical adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's The Affairs of Anatol.


Opening Night Cast

Walter Chiari Anatol
Barbara Cook in The Gay Life Barbara Cook Liesl Brandel
Jules Munshin Max
Loring Smith Herr Brandel
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Fay Kanin Book
  Michael Kanin Book
  Arthur Schwartz Music
  Howard Dietz Music
  Arthur Schwartz Lyrics
  Howard Dietz Lyrics
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1962 Conductor and Musical Director Herbert Greene Nominee
1962 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Lucinda Ballard Winner
1962 Featured Actress in a Musical Elizabeth Allen Nominee
1962 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Smith Nominee
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