La Strada

Original Broadway Production (1969)

Trivia & History

The show lost $650,000.

During rehearsals, composer/lyricist Lionel Bart never came to the US to work on the show. Instead, the task of rewriting fell to lyricist Martin Charnin and composer Elliot Lawrence.

The show underwent massive rewrites during the pre-Broadway run. All but three of the original songs were replaced.

The production had announced a Broadway opening date of December 8, 1969, with previews starting on December 3, following a pre-Broadway run at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. At some point before previews started on Broadway, the opening was postponed to December 14. Although December 8 was a Monday, and therefore a day on which the production, which was playing a Monday through Saturday schedule, would normally give a performance, the production played no performance that night.

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