John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Original Broadway Production (1953)

Production Info

Opening December 10, 1953
Closing: June 26, 1954
Length of Run: 229 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Musical Numbers


  • Harlequinade .... Harlequin, Puncinello, Pierrot, Pierrette, Columbine, Pierrettes, Pierrots

Act One

  • Page 1 — The Coronation: Queen for a Day .... Miss Reingold, The Four Queens, The Bridegrooms
  • Page 2 — My Cousin Who? .... David, Butlers, Witch Doctors, Maids, Rebecca, Louise
  • Page 3 — You're So Much a Part of Me .... Sung by The Pierrette of 1953 and The Pierrot of 1953
  • Page 4 — Dare to Dream .... Sung by Polly Bergen
  • Page 5 — The Cello .... The Cellist
  • Page 6 — Don Brown's Body .... Mike Hammer, Sally Duprey, Man, Chorus (Jay Harnick, Colleen Hutchins, Jacqueline Mickles, Tina Louise, Bob Kole, Monique Van Vooren, Siri, George Reeder, Larry Kert)
  • Page 7 — Mark Twain .... Sung by Harry Belafonte; Guitarist: Millard Thomas
  • Page 8 — The Nightingale and the Rose .... James Jewell (Singer), The Story Teller, The Student, The Prince, The Coquette, The Nightingale, The Guests at the Ball
  • Page 9 — European Express .... Mrs. A, Mr. B
  • Page 10 — My Love Is a Wanderer .... Sung by Polly Bergen
  • Page 11 — Tin Pan Alley .... The Song Plugger, and Ronald Cecill, Jay Harnick, Larry Kert, Bob Kole
    • Mammy Songs .... Ralph McWilliams and Kenneth Urmston
    • Rhythm Songs .... George Reeder, Imelde DeMartin, Lee Becker, Greb Lober, Dorothy Dushock
    • Torch Songs .... Gloria Smith, Illona Murai, Margot Myers, Hank Brunjes, Gerard Leavitt, Dean Crane
    • Patriotic Songs .... Elaine Dunn
  • Page 12 — Merry Little Minuet .... Orson Bean
  • Page 13 — Hope You Come Back .... Meg, Beth, Jo, Amy, Marmee, Laurie, Friends (James Jewell and Company)

Act Two

  • Page 1 — Ziegfeldiana: If Every Month Were June .... Celia Lipton (Singer), The Spring Bride, The Summer Bride, The Autumn Bride, The Winter Bride, The Bouquet, The Train Bearers
  • Page 2 — Which Witch? .... Hermione Gingold
  • Page 3 — La Loge (Renoir) .... The Man in the Box
  • Fini .... Sung by Polly Bergen
  • Page 4 — Cartoon .... First Secretary, Second Secretary, The New Manager
  • Page 5 — Acorn in the Meadow .... Sung by Harry Belafonte
  • Page 6 — Harry Mimmo .... Harry Mimmo, The Ladies, Sedan Chair Bearers
  • Page 7 — When Am I Going to Meet Your Mother? .... Sung and Danced by Elaine Dunn and Carleton Carpenter
  • Page 8 — Dinner for One .... The Lady, The Butler
  • Page 9 — Orson Bean
  • The Chinese monologue .... Orson Bean
  • Page 10 — Hold 'Em Joe .... Sung by Harry Belafonte; Danced by Illona Murai, George Reeder, Gloria Smith, Monique Van Vooren, Colleen Hutchins and The 'Almanac' Dancers
  • Page 11 — La Pistachio .... Bobo, Cornelius, Fifi
  • Page 12 — The Earth and the Sky .... Sung by Polly Bergen
  • Finale .... The Entire Company

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

Early in the run, three cast members left the production:

  • Harry Mimmo, an eccentric dancer and comedian who had a number in the second act (and was also in the opening number), left at the end of the first week. His second-act numbrer was not replaced; there was simply one less number. On December 14, 1953, it was mentioned in the New York Times that he had left the production because "he wasn't happy with his chores" in the show.
  • Next was Kay Medford, who left to appear in a new play, Lullaby. She left by the end of December or in early January. She had appeared in three sketches. She was replaced in two of those by Alice Pearce. In the third, the other woman in the sketch, Colleen Hutchins, took over Medford's role, and Pearce took over Hutchins's role. At some point in the run, Pearce also became the understudy for Hermione Gingold. She got much better billing than Medford had received.
  • Third to leave was Polly Bergen, who had the most prominent billing of the three performers who left early in the run. On January 14, 1954, it was reported in the New York Times that Bergen was taking time off to "rest a strained throat," and that Celia Lipton (another cast member) would be replacing her. It's not clear from the article if Bergen had already left, but it seems likely that she had. She never returned to the production. At some point, perhaps when it became clear that she was returning, one of the solos that she had originally sung, "My Love Is a Wanderer," was cut.

Tony Bavaar joined the cast on February 8, 1954. At some point (possibly starting with his first performance), a new number featuring Bavaar, "Anema e Core," was added, perhaps to compensate for the cutting of "My Love Is a Wanderer."

A singer named Judy Lynn joined the cast at some point and was given some of Bergen's material. Two of Bergen's solos, "I Dare to Dream" and "The Earth and the Sky," became duets for Bavaar and Lynn. Lynn also performed "Fini," another song originally performed by Bergen.

Bavaar had still more to do in the production when Harry Belafonte left the production at the end of May. Starting on May 31, Bavaar took over at least some, perhaps all, of Belafonte's numbers.

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Production Info

Opening December 10, 1953
Closing: June 26, 1954
Length of Run: 229 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY


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