Original Broadway Production (1973)

Trivia & History

At the time of the out-of-town opening in Boston on September 11, 1973 (after 9 previews, starting on September 3), the production was to open on Broadway on October 8, but the Broadway opening was delayed to November 1 as major changes were made to the production. Rather than extending its run in Boston or trying to book a run in another city, the preview on Broadway period was extended.

Between the opening in Boston and the Broadway opening, several cast changes were made.

  • Patricia Gosling was replaced by Connie Day in the role of Stella Hazelcorn.
  • Ellie Smith was replaced by Suzanne Walker as a character whose name changed from Filomena Frazini to Angelina Frazini. Mimi Wallace replaced Walker in the ensemble as a character named Ellen. All the ensemble players had character names, at least by some poing during Broadway previews.

By the start of Broadway previews, Murray Schisgal had agreed to provide revisions to the book, and Grover Dale had replaced Bert Michaels as choreographer.

Variety reported that Michael Bennett, Morton Da Costa and Burt Shevelove had all been approached to take over as director, replacing Paul Aaron, but the producers were unable to reach an agreement with any of them. During the first week of Broadway previews, Alan Arkin agreed to take over.

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