Victor/Victoria premiered in out-of-town tryout at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June 1995. After another tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago, Illinois from July to September 1995, the musical opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on October 25, 1995 and closed on July 27, 1997.
Book by Blake Edwards; music by Henry Mancini; lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; “Trust Me,” “Louie Says,” and “Living in the Shadows” by Frank Wildhorn; music orchestrated by Billy Byers; dance music by David Krane; incidental music by David Krane; musical director: Ian Fraser and Vocal arrangements by Ian Fraser. Produced by Blake Edwards, Tony Adams, John Scher, Endemol Theatre Productions, Inc., Polygram Broadway Ventures, Edwards – Adams Theatrical, Inc. and Metropolitan Theatrical Entertainment, Inc. Directed by Blake Edwards; Choreographed by Rob Marshall; Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald and Hair Design by Michaeljohn. The Original Broadway Cast included Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri, Rachel York, Robert B. Shull, Adamn Heller, Michael Cripe, Gregory Jbara and Casey Nicholaw.
Due to vocal sickness, Julie Andrew was replaced during the run by both Liza Minnelli and later by Raquel Welsh, with Julies understudy, Anne Runnolfson additionally doing many performances. The First National Tour starring Toni Tennille, Dennis Cole, Jamie Ross, Dana Lynn Mauro and A.J. Irvin ran from August 1998 through June 1999.
Victor/Victoria was the FIRST Broadway show to come onto the internet in June 1995. I was initially CEO of HQE, along with Tina Vanderheyden, associate producers, but later worked directly for lead producer Tony Adams at the Victor/Victoria company to manage all online marketing. The website initially came from a desire to sell tickets to overseas tourists, at a time when Ticketmaster did not have any online presence, and no ability to handle foreign credit card transactions. The website additionally included the first ever video clip streaming over the internet with Julie performing “Le Jazz Hot” — albeit smaller than a postage stamp. The website was so successful within the Broadway industry, that my vision became the catalyst for the majority of the Broadway industry to join me in establishing BuyBroadway in New York in January 1997.