The Amazing Adele

Closed prior to Broadway (1955)

Trivia & History

Originally, the producers wanted Leslie Caron for the lead and Roland Petit to choreograph. In July 1955, Tammy Grimes was announced as standby for the title role and Kay Thompson was likely to take the role of Lila. By August, Grimes had been cast in the lead role with no explanation for Caron's not being cast.

Joe E. Brown was announced to join the cast in November 1955. His name is not, however, in the final cast list.

Rehearsals began on November 19, 1955.

Originally, the production had hoped to open on Broadway in December 1955. But by October of that year, a booking jam in theatres led many productions to either cancel or take extended pre-Broadway tryouts. The Amazing Adele was one of the latter.

In November 1955, the New York Times ran an item saying that Peter B. Zeisler, who was the stage manager, was having a difficult time trying to find a yo-yo instructor. One of the production numbers required show girls to move to the footlights and create intricate patterns with the toys. Ziesler said, "Anyone can learn to use a yo-yo but it takes special instructions for the special tricks required."

Zeisler eventually found Harold Frankel, a 17-year-old Brooklyn youth, to teach the show girls the patterns they needed. Frankel told the New York Times that the routines were: the creeper, trip to the moon, walk the dog, the sleep, around the world, shoot the gun, rock the cradle and Texas star.

Another production number was nicknamed "The Chase Supreme" by the cast It featured chorus girls and actors chasing one another up and down the aisles of the orchestra seats and balcony, leaping from the boxes onto the stage.

The production was to open January 26, 1956 at the Winter Garden Theatre. However, contracts had not been signed and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of Tamburlaine the Great went into the Winter Garden instead. On January 10, co-producer Albert Selden announced that the opening had been shifted to January 27 and that the Broadway Theatre was the likely venue.

Ultimately, poor reviews and lack of a theatre caused the production to shut down without opening on Broadway.

The production's Boston run had been announced to open on January 10, 1956, but there was a one-night postponement to January 11.

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