Illya Darling

Musical - Original

Mark Hellinger Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: March 22, 1967
  • Opening Date: April 11, 1967
  • Closing Date: January 13, 1968
  • Previews: 22
  • Performances: 320

Lyrics: Joe Darion

Book: Jules Dassin

Music: Manos Hadjidakis


An American schoolteacher vacationing in Greece falls for a local prostitute and tries to take her away from a life that makes her happy, in this musical adaptation of the 1960 film Never on Sunday.


Opening Night Cast

Melina Mercouri Illya
Orson Bean Homer Thrace
Rudy Bond Captain
Fred Burrell Drama Critic
Despo Despo
William Duell in Illya Darling William Duell Garbage
Nikos Kourkoulos Tonio
Gloria Lambert Cassandra
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Jules Dassin Book
  Manos Hadjidakis Music
  Joe Darion Lyrics
  Jules Dassin Director
  Onna White Choreographer
  Oliver Smith Scenic Design
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1967 Outstanding Debut Performance Melina Mercouri Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1968 Actress in a Musical Melina Mercouri Nominee
1968 Choreography Onna White Nominee
1968 Composer and Lyricist Manos Hadjidakis
Joe Darion
1968 Direction of a Musical Jules Dassin Nominee
1968 Featured Actor in a Musical Nikos Kourkoulos Nominee
1968 Musical   Nominee
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