Musical - Original

Shubert Theatre

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  • Opening Date: May 7, 1953
  • Closing Date: June 25, 1955
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  • Performances: 892

Lyrics: Cole Porter

Music: Cole Porter

Book: Abe Burrows


The owner of a dance club in 1890s Paris must contend with a judge who wishes to close the club down for its lascivious dancing — but who can't help falling for the owner's charms.


Opening Night Cast

Lilo La Mome Pistache
Peter Cookson Judge Aristide Forestier
Hans Conried Boris Adzinidzinadze
Gwen Verdon in Can-Can Gwen Verdon Claudine
Erik Rhodes Hilaire Jussac
Phil Leeds Theophile
Robert Penn Hercule
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Opening Night Production Credits

Abe Burrows Abe Burrows Book
Cole Porter Cole Porter Music
Cole Porter Cole Porter Lyrics
Abe Burrows Abe Burrows Director
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Dance and Musical Numbers Staged by
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Theatre World Award Gwen Verdon Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1954 Choreography Michael Kidd Winner
1954 Featured Actress in a Musical Gwen Verdon Winner
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