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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1953!
In 1953, Wonderful Town captured the Tony Award for Best Musical. The play is based on the original play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorove. After opening in February 1953 at the Winter Garden, the hit musical comedy ran for 559 performances before retiring. But, like most hardworking plays, it has been revived. The most recent revival, at the Hirshfeld Theatre began in November 2003. Only time will tell how long the latest series will run...
Wonderful Town - original cast album
The Story:

    The musical takes place in Greenwich Village in 1935. Two girls from Ohio--Eileen, an actress, and Ruth, an aspiring writer--come to the Big Apple to take it by storm. As events unfold, it becomes clear that the Big Apple will do the taking. From a wolf disguised as a newspaperman to a crooked landlord, NY City is certain to take a bite out of the two know-it-alls from Ohio. But, like most good stories, this one has a happy ending. Ruth lands a spot at a leading newspaper while Eileen manages to get a nightclub job. What more could you want?!

The Music and Lyrics:

    Music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

The Producers:


The Directors:

    Kathleen Marshall

The Choreographers:

    Kathleen Marshall

The Opening:

    February 25, 1953, at the Winter Garden Theatre

The Cast:

  • Rosalind Russell
  • Nathaniel Frey
  • Edith Adams
  • Cris Alexander
  • Albert Linville
  • Delbert Anderson
  • George Gaynes
  • Jordan Bentley
  • Dort Clark
  • Ray Dorian
  • Warren Guljour
  • Robert Kole
  • Lee Papell
  • Chris Robinson

The Songs:

  • Christopher Street
  • Ohio
  • One Hundred Easy Ways
  • What a Waste
  • A Little Bit in Love
  • Pass That Football
  • Conversation Piece
  • A Quiet Girl
  • Conga!
  • My Darlin' Eileen
  • Swing!
  • It's Love
  • Wrong Note Rag

The Other Awards:

  • unknown
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