The First

Musical - Original

Martin Beck Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 19, 1981
  • Opening Date: November 17, 1981
  • Closing Date: December 12, 1981
  • Previews: 33
  • Performances: 37

Lyrics: Martin Charnin

Music: Bob Brush

Book: Joel Siegel


The story of Jackie Robinson, who became the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues when he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, is musicalized by Bob Brush, Martin Charnin and Joel Siegel.


Opening Night Cast

David Alan Grier in The First David Alan Grier Jackie Robinson
Red Barber Red Barber
Steven Bland 3rd Baseman
Equipment Manager
Cuban Reporter
Steven Boockvor Swanee Rivers
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Joel Siegel Book
  Bob Brush Music
Martin Charnin Martin Charnin Lyrics
Martin Charnin Martin Charnin Director
  Alan Johnson Choreographer
  David Chapman Scenic Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1982 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Lonette McKee Nominee
1982 Outstanding Set Design David Chapman Nominee

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1982 Theatre World Award David Alan Grier Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1982 Book of a Musical Joel Siegel
Martin Charnin
1982 Direction of a Musical Martin Charnin Nominee
1982 Featured Actor in a Musical David Alan Grier Nominee
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