Woman of the Year (musical)

Woman of the Year (musical)

Infobox Musical
name= Woman of the Year

caption= Original Cast Recording
music= John Kander
lyrics= Fred Ebb
book= Peter Stone
basis= 1942 film "Woman of the Year"
productions= 1981 Broadway
awards= Tony Award for Best Score
Tony Award for Best Book

"Woman of the Year" is a musical with a book by Peter Stone and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Based on the Ring Lardner Jr.-Michael Kanin screenplay for the 1942 Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film of the same name, the musical changes the newspaper reporters of the original to television personality Tess Harding and cartoonist Sam Craig, who experience difficulty merging their careers with their marriage.

After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Moore, opened on March 29 1981 at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 770 performances. The cast included Lauren Bacall, Harry Guardino, and Marilyn Cooper. Raquel Welch filled in for Bacall during her two-week vacation and later replaced her in the run. Debbie Reynolds replaced Welch near the end of the run. Barbara Eden played Tess in the 1984 national tour.

Sets were designed by Tony Walton and costumes were by Theoni V. Aldredge. John Canemaker created an animated cat that danced and sang with Guardino.


Just before Tess Harding, a nationally-known television news personality, comes on stage to receive an award as "Woman of the Year," she reminisces about an on-air editorial that she gave denigrating newspaper comic strips. The article offended the cartoonists who frequent the Ink Pot saloon and inspired syndicated cartoonist Sam Craig to publish a caricature depicting her as a snob in his strip "Katz". Tess is annoyed, but when the handsome and charming Sam shows up at her office, she apologizes and invites him to dinner. At the Ink Pot, she charms Sam and his collegaues by revealing her knowledge about comic art.

Tess and Sam begin a romance, move in together, and finally marry, but their busy careers leave little time for them to spend together, and their big egos pose problems in their marriage. In one of his comics, Katz quips that marriage is a breeze - it's the living together that's so damned hard. Tess is offended, an argument ensues, and Sam announces he no longer can deal with the couple's fraying love life. The time moves forward to the present, and it's time for Tess to accept her award, just as she has lost the man she loves.

Several weeks later, Tess is conflicted about her role as a powerful newswoman versus her role as a wife. She seeks advice from Russian ballet dancer Alexi Petrikov, whom she helped to defect. He tells her that he is returning to Russia, because the wife he left behind is more important than his career. Tess travels to visit first husband Larry Donovan and his wife Jan to discover why their marriage is a success. She decides to concentrate on her marriage and announces that she is resigning from her show. But Sam tells her that he wants wants her to keep her career; he just wants to be involved in the decisions in their relationship. They decide to work things out.


;Act I
* Woman of the Year
* The Poker Game
* See You in the Funny Papers
* When You're Right, You're Right!
* Shut Up, Gerald
* So What Else Is New?
* One of the Boys
* Table Talk
* The Two of Us
* It Isn't Working
* I Told You So
* Woman of the Year;Act II
* So What Else Is New? (Reprise)
* I Wrote the Book
* Happy in the Morning
* Sometimes a Day Goes By
* The Grass Is Always Greener
* We're Gonna Work It Out

Original casting

*Tess Harding, a famous TV news personality - Lauren Bacall
*Sam Craig, a handsome cartoonist - Harry Guardino
*Alexi Petrikov, a Russian ballet dancer - Eivind Harum
*Gerald, Tess's secretary - Roderick Cook
*Helga, Tess's maid - Grace Keagy
*Larry Donovan, Tess's first husband - Jamie Ross
*Jan Donovan, a housewife, Larry's second wife - Marilyn Cooper
*Chip Salisbury, a perky newsman - Daren Kelly
*Abbott Canfield, a cartoonist - Larry Raiken
*Maury - Rex Everhart
*Ellis McMaster - Rex Hays
*Pinky Peters - Gerry Vichi

Awards and nominations

*Tony Award for Best Musical (nominee)
*Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (winner)
*Tony Award for Best Original Score (winner)
*Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Bacall, winner)
*Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Cooper, winner)
*Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (nominee)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Cooper, winner)


* [http://www.nodanw.com/shows_w/womanoftheyear.htm Information about the show at the NODA site]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=-d20I7gBCs8C&pg=PA56&lpg=PA56&dq=%22woman+of+the+year%22+musical+1981&source=web&ots=SgB8PnHYrx&sig=Zpr6Ypj_McZFrdSw8hJpLXKjYs4 Profile of the show]
* [http://www.stageagent.com/shows.php?id=1727 Cast and other information]
* [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=9D0CE2DD1039F933A05750C0A967948260 NY Times review of Bacall's performance]
* [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?_r=1&res=9D0DE2D81438F932A25751C1A967948260&oref=slogin NY Times review of Welch's performance]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,954728,00.html Time magazine review]

External links

* [http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Year-1981-Original-Broadway/dp/B000002ZBL Information about the Broadway cast album]

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