Sweet Bird of Youth

Drama - Original

Martin Beck Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: March 10, 1959
  • Closing Date: January 30, 1960
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 375

Playwright: Tennessee Williams


An aging actress has an affair with a young drifter, who hopes to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, the daughter of a powerful politician who is out to destroy him.


Opening Night Cast

Sidney Blackmer Boss Finley
Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth Paul Newman Chance Wayne
Geraldine Page in Sweet Bird of Youth Geraldine Page Princess Kosmonopolis
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Opening Night Production Credits

Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Writer
Elia Kazan Elia Kazan Director
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
  Anna Hill Johnstone Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes for Miss Page created by
  Jo Mielziner Lighting Design
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Theatre World Award Rip Torn Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Actress in a Play Geraldine Page Nominee
1960 Direction of a Play Elia Kazan Nominee
1960 Featured Actor in a Play Rip Torn Nominee
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