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Over Here!
Music Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Lyrics Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
Book Will Holt
Productions 1974 Broadway

Over Here! is a musical with a score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and book by Will Holt. The original Broadway production was directed by Tom Moore and choreographed by Patricia Birch, with scenic design by Douglas W. Schmidt and costumes by Carrie F. Robbins.

Over Here! was a follow-up to the Sherman brothers' World War II musical Victory Canteen, an off-Broadway production that featured 1940s icon Patty Andrews. The setting is a cross-country train trip in the United States during World War II (hence the name of the play, in contrast to the popular patriotic war anthem entitled Over There). The show begins as a nostalgic look at 1940s America but quickly evolves into a social commentary about the fear of dying in battle, prejudice, and discrimination.

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Production history

After thirteen previews, the show opened on March 6, 1974 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 341 performances. The opening night cast included Patty and Maxene Andrews (of the Andrews Sisters) and newcomers John Travolta, Treat Williams, Marilu Henner, Samuel E. Wright, and Ann Reinking, all of whom went on to achieve successful careers. The show closed on January 4, 1975 under controversial conditions. "The producers blamed Patty and Maxine, claiming they wanted more money and made unreasonable demands, and cancelled the national tour. The Andrews sisters blamed the producers, claiming they had mismanaged the show from the beginning and were now using them as scapegoats."[1] According to an article in The New York Times, the tour was cancelled due to a "salary dispute" between the Andrews sisters and the producers.[2]

The show was scheduled to make its West End debut in 2007 at London's Apollo Theatre. The announced cast included Donna McKechnie and Frances Ruffelle and Richard Fleeshman; however, the production never occurred.[3][4][5]

Radar online reports that Cody Linley will be staring in an all new Broadway production of Over Here! set to launch early in 2010 [6] An official website is launched with open auditions for the opposite role to star Cody Linley for a production set for January 2010 in Los Angeles[7] It is confirmed that Cody Linley, Spencer Liff and Evan Kasprzak will be starring in a revival of Over Here! in The Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills in January 2010. A full cast announcement has been promised over the Holiday season.[8]

Song list

Act I
Act II

Awards and nominations

  • Tony Award for Best Musical (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Janie Sell, winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (nominee)
  • Theatre World Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical (John Driver, Ann Reinking, and Janie Sell, winners)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design (winner)

References

  1. ^ Nimmo, Harry. The Andrews Sisters (2004), McFarland, ISBN 0786417315, pp 366-371
  2. ^ Calta, Louis. " Over Here! Tour is Off in Dispute", The New York Times, December 21, 1974, p. 18
  3. ^ Paddock, Terri."Sherman Bros’ Over Here Confirms Delay,"whatsonstage.co.uk, 19 December 2006
  4. ^ "Over Here postponed,"indielondon.co.uk, accessed July 21, 2009
  5. ^ Over Here! listing and postponement noticethisistheatre.com, accessed July 21, 2009
  6. ^ "Cody Linley Broadway bound"
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]

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