Butterflies Are Free

Comedy - Original

Booth Theatre

  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: October 21, 1969
  • Closing Date: July 2, 1972
  • Previews: 12
  • Performances: 1128

Playwright: Leonard Gershe


A blind young man leaves his over-protective mother to live in Greenwich Village, and falls in love with the girl in the neighboring apartment.


Opening Night Cast

Keir Dullea Don Baker
Eileen Heckart Mrs. Baker
Blythe Danner in Butterflies Are Free Blythe Danner Jill Tanner
Michael Glaser Ralph Austin
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Leonard Gershe Playwright
  Milton Katselas Director
  Richard Seger Scenic Design
  Robert Mackintosh Costume Design
  Jules Fisher Lighting Design
  Joe Tubens Hair Stylist
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1969 - 1970

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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1971 Theatre World Award Kipp Osborne Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1970 Direction of a Play Milton Katselas Nominee
1970 Featured Actress in a Play Eileen Heckart Nominee
1970 Featured Actress in a Play Blythe Danner Winner
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