Mr. Wonderful (musical)

Mr. Wonderful (musical)
Mr. Wonderful
Music Jerry Bock
Larry Holofcener
George David Weiss
Lyrics Jerry Bock
Larry Holofcener
George David Weiss
Book Joseph Stein
Will Glickman
Productions 1956 Broadway

Mr. Wonderful is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman, and music and lyrics by Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, and George David Weiss.

Written specifically to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis, Jr., the thin plot, focusing on entertainer Charlie Welch's show business struggles, primarily served as a springboard for an extended version of Davis' Las Vegas nightclub act.

The Broadway production, staged by Jack Donohue, opened on March 22, 1956 at The Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 383 performances. In addition to Davis, the cast included his father Sammy Sr. and uncle Will (who together with Davis had performed as the Will Mastin Trio), Jack Carter, Chita Rivera, Malcolm Lee Beggs, and Marilyn Cooper.

Song list

Act I
Act II
  • I'm Available - Rita's Audition
  • There - Charlie Welch
  • Miami - Lil Campbell and Ensemble
  • I've Been Too Busy - Ethel Pearson, Fred Campbell, Lil Campbell and Charlie Welch
  • Mr. Wonderful (Reprise) - Ethel Pearson
  • Sing, You Sinners
  • Daddy, Uncle and Me
  • Because of You
  • That Old Black Magic
  • Birth of the Blues
  • It's All Right With Me
  • Dearest (You're the Nearest to My Heart)
  • Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (From Show Girl)

Finale: Mr. Wonderful - Entire Company

External links

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