Imaginary Friends

Play with Music - Original

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

  • First Preview: November 25, 2002
  • Opening Date: December 12, 2002
  • Closing Date: February 16, 2003
  • Previews: 20
  • Performances: 76

Playwright: Nora Ephron

Synopsis

Imaginary Friends concerns real-life literary rivals Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, two women who barely knew each other yet became bitter enemies and legal adversaries. As a guest on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980, McCarthy famously said of Hellman, "Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the." Their feud is examined as a "play with music," written by Nora Ephron and featuring songs by Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia.

 

Opening Night Cast

Swoosie Kurtz in Imaginary Friends Swoosie Kurtz Lillian Hellman
Cherry Jones in Imaginary Friends Cherry Jones Mary McCarthy
Harry Groener in Imaginary Friends Harry Groener The Man
Anne Pitoniak in Imaginary Friends Anne Pitoniak A Woman
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Opening Night Production Credits

Nora Ephron Nora Ephron Playwright
Marvin Hamlisch Marvin Hamlisch Composer
  Craig Carnelia Lyrics
Jack O'Brien Jack O'Brien Director
Jerry Mitchell Jerry Mitchell Choreographer
  Michael Levine Scenic Design
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Shows That Opened That Season: 2002 - 2003

 
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2003 Outstanding Lyrics Craig Carnelia Nominee

Grosses

Week Ending Week # This Week Gross
Potential Gross
Diff $ Avg Ticket
Top Ticket
Seats Sold
Seats in Theatre
Perfs
(Prev)
% Cap
This Week
Diff %
Cap
Feb. 16, 2003 38 $210,430
$623,725
$32,549 $49.22
$91.25
4275
1055
8
0
50.65% 4.38%
Feb. 9, 2003 37 $177,881
$623,725
$3,165 $45.55
$91.25
3905
1055
8
0
46.27% 5.33%
Feb. 2, 2003 36 $174,716
$623,725
$1,917 $50.57
$91.25
3455
1055
8
0
40.94% 1.46%
Jan. 26, 2003 35 $172,799
$623,725
- $51.86
$91.25
3332
1055
8
0
39.48% -
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Totals

Last 4 Weeks
  $735,826
$2,494,900
  $49.30 14967
33760
32
0
44.33 %  
Cumulative
  $2,857,950
$7,509,207
  $56.64
$91.25
50516
101544
76
20
49.75 %  
 
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