Breakfast at Tiffany's

Original Broadway Production (1966)

Trivia & History

The show had been scheduled to open on Broadway on November 28, 1966. After playing tryout runs in Philadelphia and Boston, the production went back into rehearsal, and performances were canceled. Broadway previews finally started on December 12, but the production did not officially open. Producer David Merrick stated that he thought it would be better to close rather "than subject the drama critics and the public to an excruciatingly boring evening."

RCA was planning to record and release a cast recording, but when the show closed they canceled it. It would be 30 more years before a recording was made.

During the massive overhauling between Boston and New York, the character of Jose Ybarra was renamed Carlos, and Larry Kert replaced Mitchell Gregg in the role.

Opening night for the tryout run in Philadelphia had been scheduled for Monday, October 10, 1966 (after perhaps a preview or two), but a day or two before October 10, opening night was postponed till Saturday, October 15, with previews continuing till then. At this time, the show was known as Holly Golightly.

The tryout run in Boston was originally to have been November 1 through 19, 1966, but in late October an extension of a week was announced.

While most sources say that the production played four previews on Broadway before shutting down, a few sources say that the Wednesday matinee it was supposed to play was canceled, and the production played only three previews. The gross listed in Variety for the week suggests a strong possibility that the production did, in fact, play only three previews.

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