The Fig Leaves Are Falling
|The Fig Leaves Are Falling|
Broadhurst Theatre marquee
The musical opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on January 2, 1969 and closed on January 6 after four performances and 17 previews. Directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Eddie Gasper, the scenic design was by William and Jean Eckart, costume design was by Robert Mackintosh, and lighting design was by Tharon Musser.
The cast included Dorothy Loudon as Lillian Stone, Barry Nelson as Harry Stone, Kenneth Kimmins, Jenny O'Hara, Helon Blount, and David Cassidy (his Broadway debut). Loudon won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
The first director, Jack Klugman, left the production prior to rehearsals, and George Abbott was then hired as director. The cast included Jules Munshin, who left during the out of town tryout in Philadelphia. Ben West noted that during the tryout period "substantial structural changes persisted, with multiple musical numbers being assigned to different characters while others were eliminated altogether..." 
Clive Barnes in his review for The New York Times, wrote: "There is nothing much wrong ...that a new book, new music, new lyrics, new settings, new direction, new choreography and a partially new cast would not quite possibly put right." 
Daniel M. Gold, reviewing the 2013 production for The New York Times, wrote: "...in the end the songs and their chronicle of temptation disappoint. There is little of the snap or crackle of Sherman’s best lyrics, and Hague’s music is forgettable." 
- Allen Sherman at Mindspring.com
- The Fig Leaves Are Falling Playbill, retrieved October 13, 2017
- Gold, Daniel M. "By the Fadduh of ’60s Parodies" The New York Times, January 16, 2013
- West, Ben. "Musical of the Month: The Fig Leaves Are Falling. A guest post by Ben West. Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center" nypl.org, April 17, 2013