Half-Past Wednesday

Original Off-Broadway Production (1962)

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Cast Highlights

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Rumpelstiltskin
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Fittlebee
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The Miller
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Erelda
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The King
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The Prince
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Grandfather

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Musical Numbers


Act One

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  • Give 'Em a Lollipop and . . . ... Fittlebee and Rumplestiltskin
  • I've Got a Goose .... The Miller, Erelda, The People of the Kingdom
  • What's the Fun of Being King (If the King Is Poor?) .... The King
  • (You're the) Sweet Beginning .... The Prince and Erelda
  • Who? Where? What? .... Rumplestiltskin
  • Spinning Song .... Rumplestiltskin and Erelda
  • Jumpin' Jehosephat .... The King, the Miller, Erelda and the People of the Kingdom
  • If You Did It Once .... The King, the Miller, the Prince, Erelda and the People of the Kingdom
  • How Lovely, How Lovely .... The Prince and Erelda
  • Spinning Song (Reprise) .... Rumplestiltskin and Erelda

Main Program

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  • Ladies in Waiting .... The King and the Palace Attendants
  • (You're the) Sweet Beginning (Reprise) .... Erelda and the Prince
  • Grandfathers (Ev'ry Baby's Best Friend) .... The King and the Miller
  • To Whit — To Whoo .... Rumplestiltskin
  • What's the Name of What's His Name? .... Rumplestilskin
  • If-If-If-If .... The Miller, the Prince, the King and Erelda
  • Companionship .... Rumplestiltskin
  • We Know a Secret Secret .... The King, the Prince, the Miller, Erelda and the Palace Attendants

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Trivia & History

After seven previews, the production opened on Friday, April 6, 1962, and closed the following evening, after just two performances. At no point from the start of previews through the first closing did it play more than one perforrmance a day. It was scheduled to play both a matinee and an evening performance on the day after it closed. Although an ad appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, April 8, stating that it would be playing two performances that day, it had closed the night before.

In the reviews, some critics mentioned that the show might be more enjoyable for children than for adults. On April 17, it re-opened, marketing itself as a children's show, playing eight performances a week. It closed three weeks later. Despite the short run, Columbia made a cast recording, but it seems that the recording was not made till shortly after the show closed.

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