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About the Show

A musical/opera from Frank Loesser based on the play, "They Knew What They Wanted" by Sidney Howard.

Tony Esposito, an old vineyard owner, proposes marriage to Rosabella via mail. Thinking the picture Tony sent to her is her intended, she agrees to marry him, but upon discovering what he actually looks like, turns instead to the man who was pictured, his ranch foreman, Joe.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer, Lyricist and Librettist: Frank Loesser

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Imperial Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night: May 3, 1956
Total Performances: 676
Original Cast: Robert Weede, Jo Sullivan, Art Lund, Susan Johnson, Shorty Long, Mona Paulee
Director: Joseph Anthony
Choreographer: Dania Krupska
Producer: Kermit Bloomgarden and Lynn Loesser
Orchestrations: Don Walker
Scenic and LightingDesign: Jo Mielziner
Costume Design: Motley

Broadway Revival
Theatre: City Center
Opening Night: Feb 10, 1959
Total Performances: 16
Original Cast: Libi Staiger, Paula Stewart, Bernadette Peters, Art Lund, Bruce MacKay, Kenneth Lane, Jack De Leon, Norman Atkins, Muriel Birkhead, Johnny Borden
Director: Dania Krupska
Choreographer: Arthur Partington
Producer: New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director: Abba Bogin
Scenic and Lighting Design: Jo Mielziner
Costume Design: Ruth Morley

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Majestic Theatre
Opening Night: Oct 11, 1979
Total Performances: 53
Original Cast: Giorgio Tozzi, Sharon Daniels, Louisa Flaningam, Adrienne Leonetti, Richard Muenz, Darren Nimnicht, Franco Spoto, Gene Varrone, Dennis Warning
Director: Jack O'Brien
Choreographer: Graciela Daniele
Producer: Sherwin M. Goldman
Musical Director: Andrew Meltzer
Orchestrations: Don Walker
Scenic Design: Douglas W. Schmidt
Costume Design: Nancy Potts
Lighting Design: Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Booth Theatre
Opening Night: Feb 13, 1992
Total Performances: 229
Original Cast: Sophie Hayden, Spiro Malas, Claudia Catania, Buddy Crutchfield, Liz Larsen, Mark Lotito, Bill Nabel, Charles Pistone, Scott Waara
Director: Gerald Gutierrez
Choreographer: Liza Gennaro
Producer: The Goodspeed Opera House, Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, The Shubert Organization, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc. and Stagevision
Musical Director: Tim Stella
Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
Costume Design: Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design: Craig Miller

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