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APPLAUSE

Book by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
Music by CHARLES STRAUSE
Lyrics by LEE ADAMS
Based on the film All About Eve and the original sotry by MARY ORR
Opened March 30, 1970 at the Palace Theatre, New York
 

Plot Synopsis

APPLAUSE opened in New York at the Palace Theatre on March 30, 1970, and went on to win the Tony Award for "Best Musical" of that year.

The successful show was an adaptation by Betty Comden and Adolph Green of the classic film, ALL ABOUT EVE. The original production of APPLAUSE starred Lauren Bacall. Neither a singer nor an experienced stage actress, Miss Bacall walked off with the show as Bette Davis had done in the film. Others appearing in the original company of Applause were Canadian actor Len Cariou, who later starred in the Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD and Bonnie Franklin of TV's ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Betty Comden and Adolph Green adapted APPLAUSE for the stage. This highly successful team had been working together since college, and their first successful adaptation, was turning Leonard Bernstein's FANCY FREE ballet into the Broadway hit, ON THE TOWN. Since that time they have alternated between Broadway and Hollywood, providing original and inventive scripts and songs of unsurpassed wit and sophistication.

 

Cast of Characters (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST)

Margo Channing Lauren Bacall
Danny/Dancer Bill Allsbrook
Tony Announcer/Peter John Anania
Musician/Dancer David Anderson
Dancer Renee Baughman
Stan Harding Ray Becker
Dancer Joan Bell
Bill Sampson Len Cariou
Dancer Debi Carpenter
Dancer John Cashman
Dancer Jon Daenen
Dancer Nicholas Dante
Dancer Patti D'Beck
Dancer Marilyn D'Honau
Dancer Gene Foote
Bonnie Bonnie Franklin
Singer Laurie Franks
Eve Harrington Penny Fuller
Musician/Dancer Nat Horne
Singer Ernestine Jackson
Bob/Singer Howard Kahl
Musician/Dancer Gene Kelton
Tony Host Alan King
Dancer Marybeth Kurdock
Buzz Richards Brandon Maggart
Howard Benedict Robert Mandan
Joey/Dancer Mike Misita
Dancer Ed Nolfi
Autograph Seeker/Carol/Dancer Carol Petri
Singer Sheilah Rae
Duane Fox Lee Roy Reams
Piano Player/TV Director/Singer Orrin Reiley
Singer Jeannette Seibert
Bert Tom Urich
Singer Henrietta Valor
Dancer Sammy Williams
Bartender/Singer Jerry Wyatt

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture  
Backstage Babble  
Think How It's Gonna Be  
But Alive  
The Best Night Of My Life  
Who's That Girl  
Applause  
Hurry Back (Reprise: Think How It's Gonna Be)  
Faster Your Seat Belts  
Welcome To The Theatre  

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte  
Inner Thoughts  
Good Friends  
Reprise: The Best Night Of My Life  
She's No Longer A Gypsy  
One Of A Kind  
Reprise: This How It's Gonna Be  
Something Greater  
Finale  

 

1983-1984 Production

Production Team

Production Co-ordinator Barry Bielby
Director Richard Elichuk
Musical Director Frank Burke
Choreographer Ann Holtz
Assistant Director Sheila Shields
Set Designer Eoin McManus
Costume Designer J. Barry Ryan
Lighting Designer Nancy Turner
Properties Mistress Sandy Seary
Set Designer Asistant Margaret Comeau
Accompanist John McGovern
Assistant Accompanists Lorna Rice, Cathy Green
Sound Technician Bill Butterworth
Hair Stylist Gary Thibert
Make-up Artist Jacqueline Lambert
Assistant Choreographer Susie Bregg
Stage Manager Donald Lambton
Master Carpenter Malvary Cole
Workshop Chairman Tom Sheilds
Production Photographer Chris Terry
Scenic Artists Stephen Arscott, Margaret Comeau, Eoin McManus
Publicity Director Wayne Nolan
Programme Director Eoin McManus
Ticket Manager Sheila Shields
House Manager (Orpheus) Art Whitehead
House Manager (Commerce) Don Palmer
Social Director Sandy Seary
Poster Designer Nigel Hart

Cast

Tony Award Announcer J. Barry Ryan
Margo Channing Judy Kropp
Eve Harrington Jacki Campeau
Howard Benedict Sal Pantalone
Buzz Richards Dan Baran
Bill Sampson Al Baldwin
Karen Richards Cayla Baylin
Duane Fox Vern Fraser
Danny Michael Gareau
Sammy J. Barry Ryan
Peter Robert Gould
Debi Lorrie Penn
Stan Harding Alan Mainguy
Bonnie Susie Bregg
Carol Leslie Anne Barrett
Joan Cheryl Pollock
Bert Art King
Mike Rick Smith
Gene John Murray
T.V. Director Maureen Quinn-McGovern

OPENING-NIGHTERS, PARTY GOERS AND PATRONS 
Maureen Quinn-McGovern, Sharron McGuirl, Stephanie Woodend, Tina Robinson, Janet Tomlinson, Leonard Desmarais, John Reinhardt.

GYPSIES
Michael Gareau, John Murray, Chip Morgan, Jack Wallace, Rick Smith, Cheryl Pollock, Karen Riopelle, Lucie Landriault, Lorrie Penn, Leslie Anne Barrett. 

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