Li'l Abner

Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

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  • Opening Date: November 15, 1956
  • Closing Date: July 12, 1958
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 693

Lyrics: Johnny Mercer

Book: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama

Music: Gene de Paul


Dogpatch loafer Li'l Abner is loved by Daisy Mae, but the Yokumberry Tonic his Mammy has given him to make him strong (and which is now desired by a Washington general) has made him uninterested in romance, in this musical adaptation of the characters from the Al Capp comic strip.


Opening Night Cast

Edie Adams Daisy Mae
Stubby Kaye Marryin' Sam
Peter Palmer L'il Abner
Charlotte Rae Mammy Yokum
Howard St. John Gen. Bullmoose
William Lanteau Available Jones
Joe E. Marks Pappy Yokum
Julie Newmar Stupefyin' Jones
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Norman Panama Book
  Melvin Frank Book
  Gene de Paul Music
  Johnny Mercer Lyrics
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Director
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Choreographer
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Stubby Kaye Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Theatre World Award Wynne Miller Winner
1957 Theatre World Award Peter Palmer Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Choreography Michael Kidd Winner
1957 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Alvin Colt Nominee
1957 Featured Actress in a Musical Edie Adams Winner
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