They Knew What They Wanted

Comedy - Revival

Playhouse Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: January 16, 1976
  • Opening Date: January 27, 1976
  • Closing Date: March 6, 1976
  • Previews: 7
  • Performances: 23

Playwright: Sidney Howard


An aging Italian vineyard owner in California proposes to a waitress via letter, sending her a picture of his handsome hired hand. Romantic and emotional complications ensue when she agrees to marry and live with the Italian in Sidney Howard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


Opening Night Cast

Barry Bostwick in They Knew What They Wanted Barry Bostwick Joe
Leonardo Cimino Father McKee
Joel Colodner Giorgio
Clarence Felder Angelo
Calvin Jung Ah Gee
Ben Kapen The R.F.D.
Lois Nettleton Amy
Rex Robbins in They Knew What They Wanted Rex Robbins The Doctor
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Sidney Howard Writer
  Stephen Porter Director
  James Tilton Scenic Design
Albert Wolsky Albert Wolsky Costume Design
  James Tilton Lighting Design
  J. Roy Helland Hair Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actor in a Play Louis Zorich Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actress in a Play Lois Nettleton Nominee
1976 Outstanding Costume Design Albert Wolsky Nominee
1976 Outstanding Director of a Play Stephen Porter Nominee
1976 Outstanding Lighting Design James Tilton Nominee
1976 Outstanding Revival   Nominee
1976 Outstanding Set Design James Tilton Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Featured Actor in a Play Barry Bostwick Nominee
1976 Featured Actress in a Play Lois Nettleton Nominee
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