Musical - Original

Imperial Theatre (April 13, 1961 - February 15, 1962)
Winter Garden Theatre (December 20, 1962 - January 05, 1963)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: April 12, 1961
  • Opening Date: April 13, 1961
  • Closing Date: January 5, 1963
  • Previews: 2
  • Performances: 719

Lyrics: Bob Merrill

Music: Bob Merrill

Book: Michael Stewart


A naïve, orphaned girl is taken in as an apprentice to a traveling French circus and develops an astonishing ability to relate to the puppets designed and performed by an embittered, crippled man who loves her, in Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart's musical adaptation of the 1953 film Lilli.


Opening Night Cast

Anna Maria Alberghetti Lili
Kaye Ballard in Carnival! Kaye Ballard The Incomparable Rosalie
Henry Lascoe Mr. Schlegel
James Mitchell in Carnival! James Mitchell Marco the Magnificent
Pierre Olaf Jacquot
Jerry Orbach in Carnival! Jerry Orbach Margueritte
Horrible Henry
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Opening Night Production Credits

Michael Stewart Michael Stewart Book
  Bob Merrill Music
  Bob Merrill Lyrics
Gower Champion Gower Champion Director
Gower Champion Gower Champion Choreographer
  Will Steven Armstrong Scenic Design
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Best Musical Bob Merrill
Michael Stewart

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Special Award Gower Champion Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1962 Actress in a Musical Anna Maria Alberghetti Winner
1962 Author of a Musical Michael Stewart
Helen Deutsch
1962 Direction of a Musical Gower Champion Nominee
1962 Featured Actor in a Musical Pierre Olaf Nominee
1962 Musical   Nominee
1962 Producer of a Musical David Merrick Nominee
1962 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Will Steven Armstrong Winner
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