What Makes Sammy Run?

Musical - Original

54th Street Theatre

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  • First Preview: February 25, 1964
  • Opening Date: February 27, 1964
  • Closing Date: June 12, 1965
  • Previews: 3
  • Performances: 540

Lyrics: Ervin Drake

Music: Ervin Drake

Book: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg


A ruthlessly ambitious young man schemes his way to the top of the Hollywood-studio food chain, betraying friends and lovers in his wake, in Ervin Drake, Budd and Stuart Schulberg's musical adaptation of Budd Schulberg's novel.


Opening Night Cast

Robert Alda Al Manheim
Sally Ann Howes in What Makes Sammy Run? Sally Ann Howes Kit Sargent
Steve Lawrence Sammy Glick
Bernice Massi Laurette Harrington
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Budd Schulberg Book
  Stuart Schulberg Book
  Ervin Drake Music
  Ervin Drake Lyrics
Abe Burrows Abe Burrows Director
  Matt Mattox Musical Staging
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1963 - 1964

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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1964 Actor in a Musical Steve Lawrence Nominee
1964 Conductor and Musical Director Lehman Engel Nominee
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