Musical (1953)

Musique: Leonard Bernstein
Paroles: Adolph Green • Betty Comden
Livret: Jerome Chodorov • Joseph Fields
Production à la création:

Act I
During the summer of 1935 in Greenwich Village, New York, a tour guide leads a group of sightseers on a tour of "Christopher Street" and its colorful and interesting citizens.
When the tourists have departed, the witty Ruth Sherwood arrives in Greenwich Village with her beautiful younger sister, Eileen. The two have just arrived from Columbus, determined to forge a life in the big city as a writer (Ruth) and an actress (Eileen). Soon they are living in a basement apartment, recently vacated by Violet, loaned by the "loveable" landlord, Mr. Appopolous. Their apartment building is shaken frequently by dynamite from the construction of a subway underneath them as well as Violet's returning customers. The sisters are soon stricken with homesickness for "Ohio".
The next morning, Ruth and Eileen set out to try their hand at "Conquering New York", only to find defeat and humiliation. Eileen, at least, has gotten food from a food samples man, as well as Mr. Valenti, but has also met Frank Lippencott, a local Walgreens manager who has developed a crush on her. Ruth, however, is left to wonder at her sister's magnetic appeal and her own unique romantic abilities; a talent for repelling men so successful that she could write a book entitled "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man".
Eventually, Ruth talks her way into the offices of a short story magazine, where she meets Bob Baker. Bob likes Ruth, but advises her that she has little chance of success, and tells her flat out "What A Waste" of money and time it was to come to New York, because he along with many others have done the same thing. Undaunted, Ruth leaves three stories with Bob in the hope that he will read them.
Meanwhile, Eileen has been eating all of her lunches free at Walgreens, and finds herself "A Little Bit In Love" with Frank, and invites him over to dinner so Ruth can have free lunches when she goes to Walgreens too. Bob arrives at the apartment, looking for Ruth, and Eileen invites him over for dinner as well. The phone rings, and it is Chick Clark, a newspaper editor, whom Eileen met in an elevator, wanting to see Eileen.
The upstairs neighbors, Wreck, an out-of-season American football player, and his live-in lover, Helen, ask the girls to hide Wreck while Helen's mother, Mrs. Ella Wade is in town, because Mrs. Wade does not yet know about Wreck. Eileen happily agrees to stow him in their apartment, much to Ruth's hesitation. Wreck describes his lucky history as a student at Trenton Tech, who got by very well only because of his ability to "Pass The Football".
Eileen has invited Frank Lippencott, Bob Baker, and Chick Clark, a slimy newspaper scribe whom she has met with the object of furthering Ruth's career, over for potluck supper. Unaware of each other's feelings, both girls find themselves attracted to Bob. Soon, all five of them are seated around the cramped apartment trying to fill the awkward silence in "Conversation Piece". Meanwhile, Helen deals with her overbearing and exaggerated mother.
Ruth and Bob talk over the quality of her stories, and he advises her to write about what she knows rather than flights of fancy. Both say several wrong things, and he finally tells her off. He soon regrets it as Ruth rushes inside in tears, and Bob is left to sing of his inability to find "A Quiet Girl" to love.
While all this is happening, anxious to be alone with Eileen, Chick Clark creates a bogus assignment for Ruth. He sends her off to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to interview a group of Brazilian navy cadets. She quickly realizes that their sole interest is to learn and dance the "Conga". The sailors follow Ruth home, where the girls soon find themselves in chaotic confusion, as all the citizens of Christopher Street join the conga line in a finale. Ruth runs into Bob and gives him a piece of her mind, while Eileen is hauled off to jail for causing the riot.

Act II
In the local jail Eileen finds herself practically running the place, with Officer Lonigan and his brigade of doting Irish police officers at her beck and call. Given her name, they are convinced that she is Irish, and they serenade her with "My Darlin' Eileen", and are not the least discouraged and continue to sing when she says she is, in fact, not Irish. Ruth comes to assure her that she will bail her out as soon as she collects the money from her new job as a promoter for the Village Vortex, a local nightclub. At the club, Ruth "digs the rhythm" of "Swing". Meanwhile, Wreck is awkwardly masquerading as a wealthy art collector to meet Helen's mother's approval, and Chick is frantically calling Eileen, trying to make things right.
Thanks to Bob, Eileen is soon released from jail, and the sisters learn that Appopolous has been so scandalized by a missing picture that he painted (that was actually stolen and sold for $2 by Helen and Wreck for Wreck to stay at the Y) and Eileen's arrest, that he has threatened to evict them. Eileen discovers that Ruth is also attracted to Bob Baker, and the two of them wish, for a moment, that they had never left home, reprising "Ohio". Eileen is then confronted by the rhythmical Speedy Valenti, owner of the Village Vortex (the night club), who gives her her New York debut as a singer because her fame has reached the front page of the news. Appopolous immediately changes his tune now that one of his tenants has a paying job, and extends their lease.
Eileen soon learns that Bob Baker has quit his job as a result of a disagreement with his boss about Ruth's story on the Brazilian sailors. Eileen is thrilled that Bob quit his job and assures the unbelieving Bob that "It's Love" that he feels for Ruth. Bob, faced with the facts, hesitantly realizes the truth: it is love.
The mood at the Vortex turns jazzy with the "Ballet At The Village Vortex". Eileen finds herself with a case of stage fright and she convinces Ruth to join her on stage to sing the "Wrong Note Rag". Chick arrives to make amends and presents Ruth with a press pass: his boss has read her story about the Brazilian sailors and loved it, and given Ruth a job to take on the following Monday. The Vortex is alive with singing and dancing, and Bob decides it's the perfect moment to let Ruth know how he feels. The curtain closes as Eileen and the guests at the club sing "It's Love" along with everyone in a finale in celebration of Ruth and Bob's new found affection.

Wonderful Town debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on February 25, 1953 and ran for 559 performances, closing on July 3, 1954 and starred Rosalind Russell and Edie Adams. It was directed by George Abbott, choreographed by Donald Saddler and produced by Robert Fryer.
A London Production opened Feb 25th, 1955 at The Prince's Theatre, where it ran for 207 performances. The production starred Pat Kirkwood as Ruth, Shani Wallace as Eileen, and Sid James as Wrack. It was produced by Jack Hylton, and Cyril Ornadel served as music director.
The show was broadcast live as a television special on CBS in 1958, again starring Rosalind Russell as Ruth Sherwood and Jackie McKeever as Eileen Sherwood.
New York City Center productions have starred Nancy Walker (1958), Kaye Ballard (1963) and Elaine Stritch (1966). Stock productions gave Eve Arden and Nanette Fabray, among others, the opportunity to play Ruth. Lauren Bacall starred in a 1978 tour.
A production opened in the West End at the Queen's Theatre in August 1986 and closed in March 1987, after playing at the Watford Palace, with Maureen Lipman (Ruth) and Emily Morgan (Eileen).
The City Center Encores! Staged concert was presented in May 2000, starring Donna Murphy and Laura Benanti and directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. It received "some of the best reviews the in-concert series has seen in some time, with particular praise being doled out for star Donna Murphy."[2] A revival opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 23, 2003 and closed on January 30, 2005, after 497 performances. With direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, it starred Donna Murphy, and later Brooke Shields.

Act I
Christopher Street—Tour Guide and The Villagers
Ohio--Ruth Sherwood and Eileen Sherwood
Conquering New York—Ruth, Eileen, First Cadet, Violet and The Villagers*
One Hundred Easy Ways—Ruth
What A Waste—Robert Baker and Associate Editors
A Little Bit in Love—Eileen
Pass the Football—Wreck and The Villagers
Conversation Piece—Ruth, Eileen, Frank Lippencott, Robert and Chick Clark*
A Quiet Girl—Robert

Act II
My Darlin' Eileen—Eileen, Drunk and Policeman
Swing—Ruth and Villagers
Ohio (Reprise)--Ruth and Eileen
It's Love—Robert and The Villagers
Ballet at the Village Vortex
Wrong Note Rag—Ruth, Eileen and The Villagers
It's Love (Reprise)

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Based on the play “My Sister Eileen” by Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov which was adapted from stories by Ruth McKinney. The Broadway production was a great hit for Rosalind Russell (later Carol Channing). The London production had an entirely English cast in spite of its New York setting. The show was revived in London in August 1986 with Maureen Lipman.

Version 1

Wonderful Town (1953-02-Winter Garden Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 559 représentations
Première Preview : 25 February 1953
Première: 25 February 1953
Dernière: 03 July 1954
Mise en scène : George Abbott
Chorégraphie : Donald Saddler
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Appopolous ... Henry Lascoe / Officer Lonigan ... Walter Kelvin / Helen ... Michele Burke / Wreck ... Jordan Bentley / Eileen Sherwood ... Edith Adams / Ruth Sherwood ... Rosalind Russell / Robert Baker ... George Gaynes / Mrs. Wade ... Isabella Hoopes / Frank Lippencott ... Cris Alexander / Chick Clark ... Dort Clark

Version 2

Wonderful Town (1955-02-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 207 représentations
Première Preview : 24 February 1955
Première: 24 February 1955
Dernière: Inconnu
Mise en scène : Richard Bird
Chorégraphie : Donald Saddler
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Ruth Sherwood ... Pat Kirkwood / Eileen Sherwood ... Shani Wallis / Robert Baker ... Dennis Bowers / Appopolous ... David Hurst / The Wreck ... Sidney James

Version 3

Wonderful Town (1958-03-New York City Center-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : 05 March 1958
Première: 05 March 1958
Dernière: Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Ruth Sherwood ... Nancy Walker / Eileen Sherwood ... Jo Sullivan / Robert Baker ... Peter Cookson / Wreck ... Jordan Bentley / Appopolous ... George Givot / Helen ... Betsy von Furstenberg / Mrs. Wade ... Isabella Hoopes / Chick Clark ... Frank Maxwell

Version 4

Wonderful Town (1963-02-New York City Center-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre : 15 représentations
Première Preview : 13 February 1963
Première: 13 February 1963
Dernière: 24 February 1963
Mise en scène : Gus Schirmer
Chorégraphie : Ralph Beaumont
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Appopolous ... Phil Leeds / Lonigan ... Walter Kelvin / Helen ... Pat Turner / Wreck ... Stewart Rose / Eileen ... Jacquelyn McKeever / Ruth ... Kaye Ballard / Robert Baker ... Robert Kaye / Mrs. Wade ... Paula Trueman / Frank Lippencott ... Jim Kirkwood / Chick Clark ... Gabriel Dell

Version 5

Wonderful Town (1967-05-New York City Center-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre : 1 previews -
Première Preview : 16 May 1967
Première: 17 May 1967
Dernière: 04 June 1967
Mise en scène : Gus Schirmer
Chorégraphie : Ralph Beaumont
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Appopolous ... Ted Thurston / Eileen Sherwood ... Linda Bennett / Ruth Sherwood ... Elaine Stritch / Robert Baker ... Nolan Van Way / Frank Lippencott ... Jack Fletcher (i) / Chick Clark ... Richard France / Guide ... Austin Colyer / Officer Lonigan ... Ronn Carroll / Helen ... Betsy von Furstenberg / Wreck ... Jack Knight

Version 6

Wonderful Town (1986-08-Queen's Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Sondheim Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 267 représentations
Première Preview : 07 August 1986
Première: 07 August 1986
Dernière: 28 March 1987
Mise en scène : Martin Connor
Chorégraphie : David Toguri
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Maureen Lipman (Ruth Sherwood), Emily Morgan (Eileen Sherwood), Ray Lonnen (Robert Baker), Nicolas Colicos (Wreck) Lesley Joseph (Violet), Michael Fitzpatrick, Angela Moran, John Cassadt, Roy Durbin, Ted Merwood, Ben Stevens
Commentaires : This production originated at the Palace Theatre, Watford.

Version 7

Wonderful Town (2000-05-New York City Center-New York) Encores

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre : 5 représentations
Première Preview : 04 May 2000
Première: 04 May 2000
Dernière: 08 May 2000
Mise en scène : Kathleen Marshall
Chorégraphie : Kathleen Marshall
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Appopolous … Lewis J. Stadlen / Wreck … Raymond Jaramillo McLeod / Eileen … Laura Benanti / Ruth … Donna Murphy / Frank Lippencott … David Aaron Baker / Robert Baker … Richard Muenz / Mrs. Wade … Becky Ann Baker / Chick Clark … Gregory Jbara / Guide, Associate Editor … Patrick Quinn / Lonigan … Steve Ryan

Version 8

Wonderful Town (2003-11-Al Hirschfeld Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 16 previews - 507 représentations
Première Preview : 05 November 2003
Première: 23 November 2003
Dernière: 30 January 2005
Mise en scène : Kathleen Marshall
Chorégraphie : Kathleen Marshall
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Appopolous ... David Margulies / Wreck ... Raymond Jaramillo McLeod / Helen ... Nancy Anderson / Eileen Sherwood ... Jennifer Westfeldt / Ruth Sherwood ... Donna Murphy / Frank Lippencott ... Peter Benson / Robert Baker ... Gregg Edelman / Mrs. Wade ... Randy Danson / Chick Clark ... Michael McGrath / Tour Guide ... Ken Barnett
Commentaires longs: Transfer of the City Center Encores! production.

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