Come Summer

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Come Summer
Come Summer Ray Bolger Margaret Hamilton 1969.jpg
Ray Bolger and Margaret Hamilton as Phineas Sharp and Dorinda Pratt, 1969
Music David Baker
Lyrics Will Holt
Book Will Holt
Basis Rainbow on the Road by Esther Forbes
Productions 1969 Broadway

Come Summer is a Broadway musical with a book and lyrics by Will Holt and music by David Baker, based on Rainbow on the Road by Esther Forbes and vocal arrangements by Trude Rittmann . The original Broadway production opened on March 18, 1969 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre starring, Ray Bolger, Leonard John Crofoot, David Cryer, Cathryn Damon and Margaret Hamilton. Directed by Agnes de Mille it closed after 7 performances on March 22, 1969. Despite its short run, David Cryer won the 1969 Theatre World Award.

The story tells of an itinerant peddlar in 19th century New England, and the people whose lives he affects.

Behind the scenes, the musical was a disaster. Ray Bolger demanded that the producers expand his role;[1] several rewrites later, de Mille herself was fired and replaced by Burt Shevelove. Only a few days after that, Shevelove exited, and "the producers asked Agnes to come back, but only to choreograph."[2] De Mille's assistant director, James Mitchell, turned down the director's chair, but became the de facto director anyway. As a result, "neither she [de Mille] nor anyone else could say who directed the show."[3] Come Summer turned out to be de Mille's final Broadway production.



  1. ^ Carol Easton, No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille (New York: Da Capo, 2000), 421.
  2. ^ Easton, 422.
  3. ^ Easton, 422.

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