City Center's Encores production of Fiorello!opens today, more than 50 years after the musical's premiere. The Playbill Vault revisits a vintage Playbill from the show's Broadway run.
Fiorello! opened Nov. 23, 1959, at the Broadhurst Theatre. The musical featured lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock and direction by George Abbott. Film star Mickey Rooney was reportedly in talks to make his Broadway debut in the title role, but the part went instead to the unknown Tom Bosley in a star-making turn.
At the 1960 Tony Awards, Bosley earned a Tony for his featured performance, and Fiorello! made a bit of Tony history: a tie resulted in Fiorello! and The Sound of Music sharing the 1960 award for Best Musical. The following month, Fiorello! become the third musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The production enjoyed a 796-performance run; Bosley played all 796 performances.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You