Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen

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Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen
Music Stan Freeman
Franklin Underwood
Lyrics Stan Freeman
Franklin Underwood
Book John Patrick
Basis The Teahouse of the August Moon (novel)Vern J. Sneider
The Teahouse of the August Moon (play)John Patrick
Productions 1970 Broadway

Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen is a musical with a book by John Patrick and music and lyrics by Stan Freeman and Franklin Underwood.

Based on Patrick's play and screenplay The Teahouse of the August Moon, it focuses on Capt. Fisby who, assigned the task of Americanizing the village of Tobiki on Okinawa following World War II, encourages the residents to build a school. They would prefer a traditional teahouse instead, and when Fisby discovers the potent alcoholic beverage they brew is popular with the American GIs and a big money-maker, he falls in with their plans. Helping him become assimilated to the local mores are local interpreter Sakini and geisha Lotus Blossom.

After three previews, the Broadway production, directed by Lawrence Kasha and choreographed by Marc Breaux, opened on December 28, 1970 at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for only 19 performances. The cast included Kenneth Nelson, David Burns, Ron Husmann, and Eleanor Calbes.

Burns was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and Freddy Wittop was nominated for Best Costume Design.

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Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
1971 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical David Burns Nominated
Best Costume Design Freddy Wittop Nominated

Further reading[edit]

  • Sneider, Vern J. (1951). The Teahouse of the August Moon. New York: Putnam. OCLC 429098. 

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