Señor Discretion Himself

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Señor Discretion Himself
Original poster
MusicFrank Loesser
LyricsFrank Loesser
BookFrank Loesser and Culture Clash
Basisa short story by Budd Schulberg
Productions2004 Arena Stage
Awards2005 Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Resident Musical)

Señor Discretion Himself is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, adapted from the short story of the same name by Budd Schulberg. It was never completed before Loesser died in 1969, but it was revised and "completed" in 2004, with a new libretto by Culture Clash, vocal arrangements by Brian Cimmet and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.

Señor Discretion Himself ran April 9-May 23, 2004 at Arena Stage[1] in Washington, D.C. The production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, choreography by Doriana Sanchez, music direction and vocal arrangements by Brian Cimmet, orchestrations by Larry Hochman. The production starred Shawn Elliott, Elena Shaddow, Ivan Hernandez, Margo Reymundo, and John Bolton.[2]


Frank Loesser worked on what would have been his final musical from 1966-1968.[3] Suffering from terminal illness, he ultimately wrote to Budd Schulberg, claiming to have abandoned work on Señor Discretion Himself.

In the 1980s, a developmental workshop was done of the show, for which new arrangements of the music were devised. The libretto was completed by Schulberg, but after the unsuccessful 1985 workshop, the show disappeared back into obscurity.[4]

In 2003, a reading and subsequent workshop were put together in preparation for the 2004 production at Arena Stage.

In 2005, another reading and a demo recording were created.

2004 Arena Stage Production (World Premiere)[edit]

The workshop

The cast from the world premiere:

  • Pancito - Shawn Elliott
  • Hilario - John Bolton
  • Lupita - Elena Shaddow
  • Martin - Ivan Hernandez
  • Carolina - Margo Reymundo
  • Father Orlando - Robert Almodovar
  • Father Francisco - Tony Chiroldes
  • Father Manuel - Carlos Lopez
  • Ensemble - Venny Carranza, Steven Cupo, Rayanne Gonzales, Deanna Harris, Laura-Lisa, Lynnette Marrero, Eduardo Placer and Diego Prieto

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2005 Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Resident Musical
  • 2005 Helen Hayes Nomination - Emilio Sosa, Costume Design (Resident Design)


  1. ^ "(website)". Arena Stage. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Cast Announced for "New" Loesser Musical, Señor Discretion Himself, at DC's Arena Stage". Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  3. ^ "Lyon, Tracy: Talkin' Broadway Review". Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  4. ^ "Evans, Everett: Houston Chronicle". 2004-04-23. Retrieved 2012-08-07.

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