Bells Are Ringing

Goodspeed Production (1990)

Trivia & History

Our opening date for the production is an approximation, based on the date of the earliest reviews we can find.

According to Lew Resseguie's book, The End of the Tunnel, the production was a troubled one. Resseguie, who was a member of the cast, reports a power struggle between director Sue Lawless and choreographer Rob Marshall. According to Ressegule, the result was an unhappy experience for just about everyone and a mediocre production. The latter view is supported by Alvin Klein's review in the New York Times, which blamed Lawless, but Resseguie suggests that the production might have been excellent had Marshall not worked to undermine Lawless's authority.

Nonetheless, the production moved on to a planned second engagement in Michigan.

The production cut "Hello, Hello There." 

The original orchestrations were adapted to be played by seven musicians: one each on woodwinds, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, keyboard and bass.


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