Musical - Original

Alvin Theatre

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  • Opening Date: March 8, 1960
  • Closing Date: May 28, 1960
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 97

Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Book: Frank Loesser, Lesser Samuels

Music: Frank Loesser


A mythical village boasts a family that has been cursed for generations with an eldest son who is determined to wander. The current eldest son vows never to marry in hopes of ending the curse, in Frank Loesser and Lesser Samuels' musical adaptation of the B.J. Chutes novel.


Opening Night Cast

Anthony Perkins Gideon Briggs
William Chapman Reverend Lapp
Cecil Kellaway Reverend Birdsong
Pert Kelton Gramma Briggs
Ellen McCown Dorrie Whitbred
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Lesser Samuels Book
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Book
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Music
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Lyrics
  George Roy Hill Director
  Joe Layton Choreographer
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Cecil Kellaway Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Choreography Joe Layton Nominee
1960 Conductor and Musical Director Abba Bogin Nominee
1960 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Alvin Colt Nominee
1960 Featured Actress in a Musical Pert Kelton Nominee
1960 Scenic Design of a Musical Peter Larkin Nominee
1960 Stage Technician James Orr Nominee
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