High Spirits

Original Broadway Production (1964)

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Cast Highlights

Charles Condomine
Ruth Condomine
Madame Arcati
Mrs. Bradman
Dr. Bradman

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Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • [Overture .... Orchestra]*
  • Was She Prettier Than I? .... Ruth
  • The Bicycle Song .... Madame Arcati and Ensemble
  • You'd Better Love Me .... Elvira
  • Where Is the Man I Married? .... Charles and Ruth
  • The Sandwich Man .... Bob and Beth
  • Go into Your Trance .... Madame Arcati and Ensemble
  • Where Is the Man I Married? (Reprise) .... Ruth
  • Forever and a Day .... Charles and Elvira
  • Something Tells Me .... Elvira and Ensemble
  • I Know Your Heart .... Charles and Elvira
  • Faster Than Sound .... Elvira and Ensemble

Act Two

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  • [Entr'acte .... Orchestra]*
  • If I Gave You .... Charles and Ruth
  • Talking to You .... Madame Arcati
  • Home Sweet Heaven .... Elvira
  • Something Is Coming to Tea .... Madame Arcati and Ensemble
  • The Exorcism .... Madame Arcati and Ensemble
  • What in the World Did You Want? .... Charles, Elvira and Ruth
  • Faster Than Sound (Reprise) .... Entire Company

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Trivia & History

When plans for the musical were first announced in April 1960, it was reported in the New York Times that the male lead (Charles Condomine) was "being shaped for Laurence Olivier," and that the production would open on Broadway in the fall of 1961. Also reported was that everyone involved was hoping that Jerome Robbins would direct and choreograph.

Once Noël Coward took charge as director, he hoped (according to Graham Payn's book My Life With Noël Coward) to cast the leading roles with Keith Michell (as Charles Condomine), Gwen Verdon (as Elvira), Celeste Holm (as Ruth), and Kay Thompson (as Madame Arcati). None of them ended up in the production.

Gower Champion's aid was enlisted to help improve the show during the somewhat troubled (but far from disastrous) pre-Broadway tyrout. Among Champion's contributions was the choreographing of the scene changes so as to eliminate the blackouts between scenes and to give the show a more fluid feel.

The opening had been scheduled for March 31, 1964, but a postponement to April 7 was announced just before New York previews were to start.

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