Project Description

Memories

Victor/Victoria, a musical comedy, 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, Victor/Victoria opened on Broadway on October 25, 1995 at the Marquis Theatre, and closed on July 27, 1997, ran for 734 performances and 25 paid previews (previews began on October 3, 1995)

Book by Blake Edwards; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; Composed by Henry Mancini; Additional Music by Frank Wildhorn [“Trust Me,” “Louie Says,” and “Living in the Shadows“]; Produced by Blake Edwards, Tony Adams, John Scher, Jeff Rowland; Executive Produced by Robin De Levita; Associate Produced by Joop Van Den Ende, Headquarters Entertainment Corp. [Tina Vanderheyden & Toby Simkin], TDI, Inc. and Ogden Entertainment; Directed by Blake Edwards; Choreographed by Rob Marshall; Musical Direction by Ian Fraser; Fight Direction by B. H. Barry; Set Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Michaeljohn; Special Effects by J.C. Brotherhood; Orchestrations by Billy Byers; Vocal Arrangements by Ian Fraser; Dance Arrangements by David Krane; Music Coordination by John Miller; Music Copying by Larry Abel and Music Concert Master: Dale Stuckenbruck.

STARRING Julie Andrews (Victoria Grant) [Oct 03, 1995 – Jun 08, 1997]; Liza Minnelli (Victoria Grant) [Jan 10, 1997 – Feb 02, 1997]; Raquel Welch (Victoria Grant) [Jun 10, 1997 – Jul 27, 1997]; Michael Nouri (King Marchan); Tony Roberts (Carroll Todd); Michael Cripe (Richard Di Nardo); Adam Heller (Henri Labisse); Gregory Jbara (Squash (Mr. Bernstein)); Richard B. Shull (André Cassell); Rachel York (Norma Cassidy) with Roxane Barlow (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Michael-Demby Cain (Les Boy / Jazz Hot Musician / Ensemble); Caitlin Carter (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Pascale Faye (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Angelo Fraboni (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Jazz Hot Musician / Ensemble); Amy Heggins (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Christopher Innvar (Choreographer); Ken Land (Sal Andretti); Darren Lee (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Ensemble); Mark Lotito (Clam); Aixa M. Rosario Medina (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Casey Nicholaw (Gregor / Jazz Hot Ensemble / Juke); Tara O’Brien (Street Singer / Ensemble); Michael O’Donnell (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Ensemble); Cynthia Onrubia (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble); Vince Pesce (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Ensemble); Arte Phillips (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Jazz Hot Musician / Ensemble); Devin Richards (Jazz Singer / Ensemble); Jennifer Smith (Madame Roget / Chambermaid / Ensemble); Cynthia Sophiea (Miss Selmer / Ensemble); Rocker Verastique (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Jazz Hot Musician / Ensemble); George Dudley (Reporter  / Clam); Ken Land (Deviant Husband / Reports); Michele Lynch (Simone Kalisto / Ensemble); Cynthia Sophiea (Cosmetic Company President / Guest #2); Leslie Bell (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble) [replacement]; Neal Benari (Ensemble) [replacement]; Bill Burns (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Jazz Hot Musician / Ensemble) [replacement];Christiane Farr-Wersinger (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble) [replacement]; Todd Hunter (Jazz Singer / Ensemble) [replacement];Peter Lentz (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Ensemble) [replacement]; Kimberly Lyon (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble) [replacement];Julio Monge (Ensemble) [replacement]; Troy Myers (Ensemble) [replacement]; Tara O’Brien (Norma Cassidy ) [replacement]; Mason Roberts (Gregor / Stagehand / Juke / Ensemble) [replacement]; Linda Romoff (Madame Roget / Reporter / Chambermaid / Guest #1) [replacement]; Tom Sardinia (Squash (Mr. Bernstein) ) [replacement]; Paul Schoeffler (Choreographer ) [replacement]; Leslie Stevens (Norma’s Girl / Ensemble) [replacement]; Brian Sutherland (Choreographer / Guest) [replacement]; Scott Taylor (Les Boy / Apache Dancer / Ensemble) [replacement]; Sally Ann Tumas (Street Singer ) [replacement]; Scott Wise (Ensemble) [replacement]

WITH Anne Runolfsson (Standby for Victoria Grant); Alex Wipf (Standby for Carroll Todd); Roxane Barlow (Understudy for Norma Cassidy); Michael-Demby Cain (Understudy for Jazz Singer); Caitlin Carter (Understudy for Norma Cassidy); Angelo Fraboni (Understudy for Richard Di Nardo); Christopher Innva (Understudy for King Marchan); Paul Schoeffler (Understudy for King Marchan) [replacement]; Neal Benari (Understudy for King Marchan) [replacement]; Ken Land (Understudy for Carroll Todd); Mark Lotito (Understudy for Sal Andretti / Squash (Mr. Bernstein)); Casey Nicholaw (Understudy for Henri Labisse); Tara O’Brien (Understudy for Victoria Grant); Jennifer Smith (Understudy for Street Singer); Mark S. Hoebee (Swing); Elizabeth Mozer (Swing); Scott Taylor (Swing); Robert M. Armitage (Swing) [replacement]; Rob Ashford (Swing) [replacement]; Joanne Manning (Swing) [replacement].

ORCHESTRA Conducted by Ian Fraser, Joseph Thalken, [replacement]; Associate Conductor: Joseph Thalken; Associate Conductor: Ethyl Will, [replacement]; Keyboards Joseph Thalken,Benjamin Herman (Percussion); Perry Cavari (Drums); Richard Sarpola (Bass); Diane Barere (Cello); Rebekah Johnson (Violin); Karl Kawahara (Violin); Karen M. Karlsrud (Violin); Richard Spencer (Viola); Bob Rose (Guitar); Jim Pugh (Trombone); George Flynn (Trombone); John Frosk (Trumpet); Danny Cahn (Trumpet); Hollis Burridge (Trumpet); Edward Joffe (Woodwinds); Albert Regni (Woodwinds); Dan Wieloszynski (Woodwinds); Kenneth Dybisz (Woodwinds); John Campo (Woodwinds); Charlie Giordano (Accordion);

Due to vocal sickness, Julies understudy, Anne Runnolfson additionally doing many performances.

Creative Assistant to Ms. Kim: Richard Schurkamp; Creative Assistant to Mr. Marshall: Kathleen Marshall; Assistant Set Designer Thomas Peter Sarr, Douglas Huszti, Atkin Pace & David Peterson; Associate Costume Designer: Frank Krenz; Assistant Costume Designer: Daniele Hollywood; Costume Shopper: Emma Stevenson & Elizabeth Hope Clancy; Assistant Lighting Designer: David J. Lander & Jeffrey Whitsett; Vari*Lite Consultant: Tom Ceiner; Assistant Sound Designer: Janet Smith; Sound Programming: Dan Tramon; Assistant Director: Kirsten Sanderson; Assistant Choreographer: Cynthia Onrubia & Sarah Miles; Dance Captain: Mark S. Hoebee; & Rob Ashford [replacement]; Casting by Johnson-Liff Associates; Casting Associate: Ron LaRose; Casting Assistant: Janibeth Margolis & Lauri Scalamoni; Production Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi; Production Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi; Stage Managed by Bonnie L. Becker; Assistant Stage Managed by Kimberly Russell, Mireya Hepner [replacement] & Terrence J. Witter [replacement].

General Managed by Manny Kladitis; Company Managed by Erich Hamner, Alex Holt [replacement] & Bruce Klinger [replacement]; Assistant Company Manager: Carl Pasbjerg; Management Associate : Erik Beckwith, Michael Decvine, Harry Gold & James Lawson; Assistant to Mr. Kladitis: Martin Drobac; Press Representative: Peter Cromarty, Bill Klemm & Hugh Hayes; Press Apprentice: Philip Thurston; Press Assistant: Alice Herrick & John Ward; Press Intern: Daniel Bowmann, Khan Lowe; & Amy Salomon-Kohn; Marketing Online by Toby Simkin; Promotions by Keith Hurd; Sponsorship by Keith Hurd; Advertising by Serino Coyne, Inc., Neil Turton & Stacey Kent; Photographer: Carol Rosegg & Joan Marcus; Merchandising by Great Entertainment Merchandise Inc., Tom Bennett, Adam Palter & John Barwick; On Stage Merchandising George Fenmore.

Master Carpenter: Patrick Sullivan; Assistant Carpenter : John Croissant; Head Carpenter : Jospeh P. Valentino Jr. [for the Marquis Theatre]; Winch Operator: Chad Heulitt; Head Flyman: Gerard E. Griffin; Production Electrician: Michael S. Lo Bue; Head Electrician: David E. Rees; Assistant Electrician: Peter A. Byrne & Joseph A. Pearson; Head Electrician: Tony Ferrara [for the Marquis Theatre]; Production Props: Harlan Silverstein; Head of Props: Ronnie Weigel [for the Marquis Theatre]; Production Sound Engineer: Valerie L. Sprading; Assistant Sound: John R. Carlotto; Wardrobe Supervisor: Daniel Eaton; Assistant Wardrobe: Kathy Guida; Dresser for Ms. Andrews : Susan Gomez; Dresser: Jo-Ann Bethell, Dennis Birchall, Tony Hoffman, Dianne Hylton, Celeste Marmo, Gayle Palmieri, Danny Paul, Joane Rottenbach, Tom Scalise & Maryann Towne; Costume Construction by Parsons Meanes Ltd, Barbara Matera, Vincent Constumes Inc;, Michael-Jon Costumes Inc, Carelli Costumes Inc, Schneeman Studios Ltd, Scafati Tailors, Celeste Livingston, Sy Mondschein; Embroidery by Penn and Fletcher; Millinery by Woody Shelp, Lynne Mackey, Rodney Gordon; Shoes by Difabrizio & JC Theatrical Footware; Production Hair Supervisor: Carol Morales; Hair Stylist for Ms. Andrews: Alfonso Annotto; Assistant Hair: Robert F. Dente; Production Makeup: Jennifer Aspernall; Wigs by Paul Huntley & Bob Kelly; Production Assistant: Charlene Speyener; Assistant to Ms. Andrews: Christine Jardine & Francine Taylor; Legal Counsel: John F. Breglio & Andrew Herwitz; Banking: Barbara von Borstel; Insurance by Dewitt Stern Group, Carol Bressi & Anthony J. Catanzaro; Payroll by Handley Walker; Accounting by Rosenberg Neuwirth & Kuchner; Scenery Construction by Hudson Scenic Studios Inc; Automation by ECTS Scenic Technology; Lighting Supply by Four Star Lighting; Automated Lighting by Vari*Lite Inc; Sound Equipment by Sound Associates Inc.;

  • SSDC: The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc. an independent national labor union.
  • EQUITY: The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actor’s Equity Association, The union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
  • USA: United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre.
  • IATSE: Backstage and Front of House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • ATPAM: The Press Agents, Company and House Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.

AWARDS:

  • Tony Award nomination for Best Actress In A Musical to Julie Andrews;
  • Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Actress In A Musical to Julie Andrews;
  • Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical to Rachel York;
  • Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Set Design For A Musical to Robin Wagner;

The 40 week National Tour (Executive Produced by Ken Gentry of NETworks) starring Toni Tennille (achieved pop stardom in 1975 with Neil Sedaka’s “Love Will Keep Us Together“), Dennis Cole, Jamie Ross, Dana Lynn Mauro and A.J. Irvin ran from August 1998 through June 1999 initially touring:

  • Reno, NV (Sept. 1-6, 1998)
  • Portland, OR (Sept. 8-13, 1998)
  • Costa Mesa, CA (Sept. 15-20, 1998)
  • Omaha, NE (Sept. 22-27, 1998)
  • Grand Rapids, MI (Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 1998)
  • Chicago, IL (Oct. 6-11, 1998)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 13-18, 1998)
  • Milwaukee, WI (Oct. 20-25, 1998)
  • Norfolk, VI (Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 1998)
  • New Orleans, LA (Nov. 3-8, 1998)
  • Tampa, FL (Nov. 10-15, 1998)
  • Miami, FL (Nov. 17-22, 1998)
  • Palm Beach, FL (Nov. 24-29, 1998)
  • Orlando, FL (Dec. 1-6, 1998)

International productions have included:

  • 2003 Stockholm
  • 2005 Madrid
  • 2006 Buenos Aires
  • 2006 Mexico City
  • 2010 Vienna
  • 2012 London
  • 2014 Belgrade

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.   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.