Swinging on a Star (musical)
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Swinging on a Star is a musical revue, featuring the music of Johnny Burke, with the lyrics by Burke and the music by Burke and several of his partners, such as Erroll Garner and Jimmy Van Heusen. The name of the revue is from the Oscar-winning song that Burke wrote with Jimmy Van Heusen for the film Going My Way.
Swinging on a Star premiered at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 16, 1994, running to May 1994. The revue was conceived, written and directed by Michael Leeds, with costumes by Judy Dearing, sets by Deborah Jasien and choreography by Kathleen Marshall. The cast featured Michael McGrath, Alton Fitzgerald White, Kathy Fitzgerald and Lewis Cleale.
The show opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on October 22, 1995 and closed on January 13, 1996 after 96 performances and 19 previews. Directed by Michael Leeds and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, it featured Michael McGrath, Teresa Burrell, Lewis Cleale, Denise Faye, Eugene Fleming, Kathy Fitzgerald, and Alvaleta Guess.
Synopsis and songs
Each segment showed a different time and place.
- "Swinging on a Star: The Johnny Burke Musical" (1996), Johnny Burke, Joe Bushkin, Michael Leeds, pp.4 and 7, ISBN 0822215233; Guide to Musical Theatre; IBDB.com
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1996||Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Lewis Cleale||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Kathy Fitzgerald||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreography||Kathleen Marshall||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Michael McGrath||Won|
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