The Band Wagon

Original Broadway Production (1931)

Trivia & History

It is often difficult to find contemporary listings of performance totals for this time period.

Although some sources list a run of 260 performances for this production, The Billboard (then a major source of information for New York theatre) listed 262 performances at the time of the closing. On Sunday, January 10, 1932 — six days before the show closed — the performance total listed in the Daily News’s  “Golden Dozen” of top-running current Broadway shows was 251. The production played an extra performance during its closing week so if the Daily News January 10 total of 251 was correct, the final total would be 260 with that nine-performance closing week added.

We are, however, choosing to follow The Billboard in this as 262 seems to us more likely to be correct given the opening and closing dates (and counting nine performances for the final week).


Mary Jo Matthews was added to the sketch “For Good Old Nectar” shortly after the opening.

When Peter Chambers left the cast to join the cast of The Cat and the Fiddle, original-cast member Ed Jerome replaced him in the sketch “Again!” and original-cast member John Barker replaced him in the song “Nanette.”



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