The Night That Made America Famous
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The Night That Made America Famous is a 1975 musical revue featuring the songs of folk singer Harry Chapin. The music consists of a combination of songs written for the musical and songs from Chapin's previous albums, the latter including "Cat's in the Cradle", Chapin's best-known song, as well as "What Made America Famous?", a song about a plumber who rescues a group of hippies from a fire, which includes the lyric that gave the musical its title.
Chapin appeared in the musical, alongside a cast that included a young Lynne Thigpen. Chapin's brothers Tom and Stephen, in addition to being featured performers, were also in the pit. The production was directed by Gene Frankel. It opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 26, 1975, after fourteen previews, and closed on April 5, 1975 after 47 performances.
Awards and nominations
1975 Tony Award nominations
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gilbert Price
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Kelly Garrett
1975 Drama Desk Award nominations
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Gilbert Price
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Kelly Garrett
- The Night That Made America Famous listing playbillvault.com, accessed December 15, 2014