Wonderful Town

Musical - Original

Winter Garden Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: February 25, 1953
  • Closing Date: July 3, 1954
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 559

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Book: Jerome Chodorov, Joseph A. Fields


Ruth, an aspiring writer, and Eileen, her prettier, aspiring-actress younger sister, arrive in New York from Ohio in the 1930s and find frustration, career hopes and romance in the city of their dreams.


Opening Night Cast

Rosalind Russell Ruth Sherwood
Edie Adams Eileen Sherwood
Cris Alexander Frank Lippencott
Jordan Bentley Wreck
Dort Clark Chick Clark
George Gaynes Robert Baker
Henry Lascoe Appopolous
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Joseph A. Fields Book
  Jerome Chodorov Book
Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein Music
Betty Comden Betty Comden Lyrics
Adolph Green Adolph Green Lyrics
George Abbott George Abbott Director
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Best Musical Leonard Bernstein
Betty Comden
Adolph Green
Joseph A. Fields
Jerome Chodorov

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Outstanding Musical   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Theatre World Award Edie Adams Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Actress in a Musical Rosalind Russell Winner
1953 Author of a Musical Joseph A. Fields
Jerome Chodorov
1953 Choreography Donald Saddler Winner
1953 Composer Leonard Bernstein Winner
1953 Conductor and Musical Director Lehman Engel Winner
1953 Musical   Winner
1953 Producer of a Musical Robert Fryer Winner
1953 Scenic Design of a Musical Raoul Pène Du Bois Winner
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