Tovarich (musical)

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Original Cast Recording
MusicLee Pockriss
LyricsAnne Croswell
BookDavid Shaw
Basis1935 French play Tovarich
Productions1963 Broadway

Tovarich is a 1963 musical play in two acts with book by David Shaw; music by Lee Pockriss and lyrics by Anne Croswell; based on the comedy by Jacques Deval and Robert E. Sherwood.


The musical opened in New York at The Broadway Theatre on 18 March 1963 then transferred to Majestic Theatre and the Winter Garden Theatre. It ran for a total 264 performances.

The production was directed by Peter Glenville and choreographed by Herbert Ross. The original cast included Vivien Leigh, Jean Pierre Aumont, George S. Irving, Louise Kirtland, Alexander Scourby and Louise Troy.

Vivien Leigh won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Leigh left the production on short notice because of illness; understudy Joan Copeland took over the role October 7, 1963 and she was replaced by Eva Gabor on October 21, 1963.


¹ - music and lyrics by Joan Javits and Philip Springer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1963 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Vivien Leigh Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Louise Troy Nominated

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