1950s Shows


Peter Pan

"Peter Pan", a musical adaptation of Sir James M. Barrie's 1904 play of the same name, is the story of a little boy that refuses to grow up. The show opened on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theater and starred Mary Martin as Peter Pan and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. A revival of the musical opened in the 1980s and starred Sandy Duncan as Peter Pan and George Rose as Captain Hook.

Guys and Dolls

"Guys and Dolls" is a musical by Frank Loesser. It opened on Broadway in 1950 at the 46th Street Theater and starred Sam Levene as Nathan Detroit and Vivian Blaine as Adelaide. A film version was released in 1955 and starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.

Li'l Abner

"Li'l Abner" is a musical based on the popular comic strip by Al Capp. The musical starred Peter Palmer as Li'l Abner, Edie Adams as Daisy Mae, Charlotte Rae as Mammy Yokum, and Joe E. Marks as Pappy Yokum. It opened at the St. James Theater on November 15, 1956.

The Music Man

"The Music Man" is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson. It tells the story of Harold Hill, a con man who convinces the townspeople that they need a brass band. He later falls in love with town librarian Marian Paroo. The show opened at the Majestic Theater in 1957 and ran for 1,375 performances. The 1962 film version starred Robert Preston (repeating his Broadway role as Harold Hill) and Shirley Jones. The 2003 television remake starred Matthew Broderick as Harold Hill and Kristin Chenoweth as Marian Paroo.

Once Upon a Mattress

"Once Upon a Mattress" is a musical by Mary Rodgers, who wrote the musical at an adult summer camp. The show opened off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theater in 1959 and later moved to Broadway. It starred Carol Burnett as the Princess and Joseph Bova as the Prince.