Where's Charley?

Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

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  • Opening Date: October 11, 1948
  • Closing Date: September 9, 1950
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  • Performances: 792

Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Music: Frank Loesser

Book: George Abbott


An Oxford student is forced to dress in drag as his own aunt, visiting from Brazil, when she does not appear in time to chaperone him, his friends, and their beloveds. Romantic, farcical complications ensue in Frank Loesser and George Abbott's musical adaptation of Brandon Thomas's play Charley's Aunt.


Opening Night Cast

Ray Bolger in Where's Charley? Ray Bolger Charley Wykeham
Horace Cooper Mr. Spettigue
Paul England Sir Francis Chesney
Jane Lawrence Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez
Allyn Ann McLerie Amy Spettigue
Doretta Morrow Kitty Verdun
Byron Palmer Jack Chesney
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Opening Night Production Credits

George Abbott George Abbott Book
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Music
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Lyrics
George Abbott George Abbott Director
  George Balanchine Choreographer
  David Ffolkes Scenic Design
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1949 Theatre World Award Byron Palmer Winner
1949 Theatre World Award Allyn Ann McLerie Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1949 Actor in a Musical Ray Bolger Winner
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