Destry Rides Again

Original Broadway Production (1959)

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Director and Choreographer

Cast Highlights

Gyp Watson (Kent's Gang)
Bugs Watson (Kent's Gang)
Rockwell (Kent's Gang)
Mayor Slade

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Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • Bottleneck .... Patrons of the Last Chance Saloon
  • Ladies .... Frenchy and Girls
  • Hoop-de-Dingle .... Wash and Patrons of the Saloon
  • Tomorrow Morning .... Destry
  • Ballad of the Gun .... Destry and Wash
  • The Social .... Townspeople of Bottleneck, Gyp, Bugs and Rockwell
  • I Know Your Kind .... Frenchy
  • I Hate Him .... Frenchy
  • Paradise Alley .... Cowboys and the Rose Lovejoy Girls
  • Anyone Would Love You .... Destry and Frenchy
  • Once Knew a Fella .... Destry, Wash and Friends
  • Every Once in a While .... Gyp, Bugs, Rockwell, Cowboys and Saloon Girls
  • Fair Warning .... Frenchy

Act Two

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  • Are You Ready, Gyp Watson? .... Friends of Gyp Watson
  • Not Guilty .... The Jury
  • Only Time Will Tell .... Destry
  • Respectability .... Rose Lovejoy and Girls
  • That Ring on the Finger .... Frenchy and Girls
  • Once Knew a Fella (Reprise) .... Destry and Frenchy
  • I Say Hello .... Frenchy

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

These song lists document any changes that the production went through aside from the opening night song list.

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Trivia & History

On opening night, the only standby or understudy listed in the playbill was Libi Staiger for the role of Frenchy. Staiger’s credit would only have been noticed by people who scoured their playbills. After the bios, on the page with “Staff for David Merrick,” “Staff for ‘Destry Rides Again,” and various other additional credits, her standby assignment was mentioned: “In the event of Miss Gray’s absence, the part of Frenchy will be played by Miss Libi Staiger.”

As the run went on, understudies were listed for other roles. The listings followed the list of musical numbers (the usual place at the time for most Broadway musicals). The same wording quoted above was used for Staiger, and it appeared above the list of understudies for other roles.

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