Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Play - Original

Helen Hayes Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 15, 1966
  • Opening Date: February 16, 1966
  • Closing Date: October 1, 1966
  • Previews: 1
  • Performances: 326

Playwright: Brian Friel


Gareth O'Donnell leaves his life in Ireland behind for fame and fortune in America, expressing his feelings through his two sides — the shy and dutiful public side and the angry, defiant private side — in Brian Friel's comedy.


Opening Night Cast

Patrick Bedford Gareth O'Donnell in Public
Joseph Boland Master Boyle
Thomas Connolly Ned
Donal Donnelly Gareth O'Donnell in Private
William Griffis Senator Doogan
John Cecil Holm Ben Burton
Eamon Kelly S. B. O'Donnell
Donald Marye Canon Mick O'Byrne
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Opening Night Production Credits

Brian Friel Brian Friel Writer
  Hilton Edwards Director
  Lloyd Burlingame Scenic Design
  Lloyd Burlingame Costume Design
  Harvey B. Sabinson Press Representative
  Lee Solters Press Representative
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Best Play Brian Friel Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Outstanding Performance Patrick Bedford Winner
1966 Outstanding Performance Donal Donnelly Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Actor in a Play Patrick Bedford Nominee
1966 Actor in a Play Donal Donnelly Nominee
1966 Direction of a Play Hilton Edwards Nominee
1966 Featured Actor in a Play Eamon Kelly Nominee
1966 Featured Actress in a Play Mairin D. O'Sullivan Nominee
1966 Play Brian Friel Nominee
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