Music Text Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; book based on the Jerome Robbins/Leonard Bernstein ballet Fancy Free; additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein (E)
Scoring Major roles: 3 men, 3 women; minor roles: 15 men, 7 women (both with
doublings); chorus; dancers
ratchet/tamb/cow bell/tpl.bl-pft-strings. Abbreviations (PDF).
Territory This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes as sole agent for concert (non-dramatic production and individual numbers worldwide); sole agent for staged productions outside USA & Canada, except for professional West End London productions.
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World Premiere 12/28/1944 Adelphi Theater, New York, New York Jerome Robbins, choreographer / George Abbott, director / Max Goberman
Recommended Recording Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Evelyn Lear, Bruce Coughlin, Cleo Laine, Michael Barrett, Lindsay Benson, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas Deutsche Grammophon 4375162