1968 - 1977

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1976– 1977 Season

*Your Arms Too Short to Box With God – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll
Music & lyrics by Alex Bradford
September 7 – October 17, 1976

Vanities
Written by Jack Heifner
October 19 – November 14, 1976

The All Night Strut!
– Musical (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Conceived and directed by Fran Charnas
Dances and Additional Musical Staging by Arthur Faria
Musical Orchestration & Dance Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal Arrangements & Musical Direction by William Roy
Featuring Michael Davis, Nedra Dixon, Barbara Heuman, Anthony White, Melanie Adam, Leslie Dockery, Brenda Holmes, Bobby Longbottom, Jack Magradey, Liz Morris, Charles Neal, Eric Riley, Christina Saffran, Jeff Spielman, Michelle Stubbs, and Gary Sullivan
November 20 –1976 – July 10, 1977

1975 - 1976 Season

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?
Written by Eric Bentley
September 19 – October 26, 1975

Your Arms Too Short to Box With God
– Musical (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll
Music & Lyrics by Alex Bradford
Featuring Delores Hall, William Thomas, Jr.
October 31, 1975 – March 28, 1976

I Have A DREAM (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Adapted by Josh Greenfeld
Conceived and directed by Robert Greenwald
Featuring Billy Dee Williams
April 1 – April 25, 1976

Eleanor (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Written by Arlene Stadd
Featuring Eileen Heckart
April 28 – June 27, 1976

Forge of Freedom – Musical (World Premiere)
Written by John Allen
Lyrics by Annette Leisten
Music by Shelly Markham
July 7 – July 18, 1976

1974 – 1975 Season

Me and Bessie – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production in association with Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles
Written by Will Holt & Linda Hopkins
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Musical Coordination by Tony Berg
Featuring: Linda Hopkins, Lester Wilson, Gerri Dean, Howlett Smith
November 1 – November 17, 1974

City Center Acting Company
Love's Labor Lost
The Taming of the Shrew

Featuring Patty LuPone, Mary-Joan Negro, Mary Lou Rosato, Kevin Kline
November 19 – December 1, 1974

Rosalind Russell (A Tribute)
Featuring Rosalind Russell
December 3 – December 8, 1974

Linda Hopkins
Featuring Linda Hopkins
December 10 – December 31, 1974

Gabrielle – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Book by Jose’ Quintero
Original Lyrics & Adaptations by Jason Darrow
Directed by Jose’ Quintero
Musical Direction by William Cox
Choreography by Dan Siretta
Music by Gilbert Becaud
Featuring: Tammy Grimes, Marilyn Cooper, Laurence Guittard, Robin Hoff, Danny Meehan, David Sabin
January 7 – 26, 1975

Nash At Nine
Written by Ogden Nash
Music by Milton Rosenstock
Conceived and directed by Martin Charnin
Featuring: Craig Stevens, John Stratton, Jane Summerhays, Harvey Evans
January 28 – February 9, 1975

The Portable Pioneer & Prairie Show - Musical
A Ford’s Theatre Society Production
Written by David Chambers & Mel Marvin
Musical direction by Mel Marvin
Directed by David Chambers
Choreography by Dennis Nahat
Featuring: Terry Hinz, Prudence Wight Holmes, John Long, Ingrid Helga Sonnichsen, Lyle Swedeen, Donovan Sylvest, Mary Wright
February 12 – March 16, 1975

Light Up the Sky
Written by Moss Hart
Featuring Vivian Blaine, Sam Levine, Celeste Holm, Kay Medford
March 18 – April 13, 1975

Give ‘Em Hell Harry! (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Written by Samuel Gallu
Featuring James Whitmore
April 15 – May 4, 1975

Diamond Studs
– Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Written by Jim Wann
Music & lyrics by Jim Wann & Bland Simpson
May 8 – July 20, 1975

1973 – 1974 Season

American Revolution (World Premiere)
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Created by Paul Sills
September 21 – October 14, 1973

El Capitan – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production in association with the Goodspeed Opera House
Book by Charles Klein
Music by John Philip Sousa
Lyrics by Thos Frost & John Philip Sousa
Musical Direction by Lynn Crigler
Directed and Choreographed by Neal Kenyon
Featuring John Cullum, Art Wallace, Bruce MacKay, Bonnie Schon, David Chaney, Lynn Brinker, Nancy Seabold, Harrison Somers, Robert Alton, Jeffrey Andrews, Joan Carvelle, Francesca Della Porta, Lohn La Motta, Susan Marchand, Abe Morales, Carolann Page, Pamela Pressman, Michelle Rosenberg, Patrick Quinn, Spencer Smith
November 20 – December 30, 1973

Funny Face – Musical
Written by George & Ira Gershwin
Featuring Susan Watson, Tony Tanner
January 2, 1974 – January 20, 1974

*Will Rogers’ U.S.A.
Staged and adapted by Paul Shyre
Featuring James Whitmore
January 22 – February 10, 1974

Oh Coward!
Words and Music by Noel Coward
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Rene Wiegert
Devised and Directed by Roderick Cook
Featuring Barbara Cason, Roderick Cook, Jamie Ross
February 19 – March 17, 1974

City Center Acting Company
Featuring Patty LuPone, Mary-Joan Negro, Mary Lou Rosato, Kevin Kline
Scapin
The Three Sisters
Beggars Opera

March 18 – April 14, 1974

*Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Written by Micki Grant
Conceived & directed by Vinnette Carroll
April 18 – September 15, 1974

1972 – 1973 Season

Godspell – Musical
A Ford´s Theatre Society Production
Written by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak
April 6, 1972 – September 16, 1973

1971 – 1972 Season

Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope – Musical (World Premiere)
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Written by Micki Grant
Conceived & directed by Vinnette Carroll
Featuring Micki Grant, Bobby Hill, Alex Bradford, Arlene Rolant
September 15-October 10, 1971

Mother Earth
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Book & Lyrics by Ron Thronson
Music by Toni Shearer
Choreography by Steve Merritt
Musical direction by Toni Shearer
Directed by Sid Grossfeld
Featuring: Patti Austin, Christine Avila, Elaine Bankston, Ron deSalvo, Michael Devin, Joel Kimmel, Peter Jason, Tip Kelley, Carol Kristy, Arlene Parness
October 20-November 7, 1971 & November 14-27, 1971

NBC-TV Special – Festival at Ford's
Featuring: Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Jonathan Winters, Melba Moore, Raymond Burr, Charlie Pride, Pat Boone and Family, Carol Channing
Gala Date: November 12, 1971
Air Date: November 15, 1971 10:00 pm

Bob & Ray, The Two & Only
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Written by Bob Elliot & Ray Goulding
Directed by Joseph Hardy
Featuring: Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding
November 30-December 19, 1971

Echoes of the Left Bank
– Musical (World Premiere)
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Staged by Nick Denoia & Ken Berman
Featuring the music of Jacques Brel, Gilbert Becaud, Charles Aznavour & Michel LeGrand
January 4-23, 1972

Mark Twain Tonight
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Featuring Hal Holbrook
January 28-30, 1972

Moby Dick
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Written by Herman Melville
Featuring Jack Aranson
February 1-13, 1972

An Unpleasant Evening with H. L. Mencken (World Premiere)
Under the direction of Ford’s Theatre Society as the “Showcase Theatre”
Adapted by Paul Shyre
Featuring David Wayne
March 7-26, 1972

1970 - 1971 Season

Will Rogers’ U.S.A. (World Premiere)
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Adapted and Directed by Paul Shyre
Featuring: James Whitmore
September 14-October 4, 1970

Arsenic & Old Lace
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Theodore Mann
Featuring: Peter Bosche’, Stockard Channing, Marlow Ferguson, Walter Flanagan, Jack Fletcher, Stefan Gierasch, Paul Haney, Edward Herrmann, Cynthia Latham, Alexander Reed, Hansford Rowe, Pamela Simpson, Jerrold Ziman
October 9-November 15, 1970

NBC–TV Special – Festival at Ford's: A Salute to America’s Music
Featuring: Andy Williams, James Stewart, Pearl Bailey, The Supremes, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bobbie Gentry, Henry Mancini, Dionne Warwick
Gala Date: November 18, 1970

*Max Morath at the Turn of the Century
Featuring Max Morath
November 27-December 13, 1970

John & Abigail (World Premiere)
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by William Gibson, Salome Jens, Michael Higgins
Directed by Theodore Mann
Music and Musical Direction by John Duffy
Movement by Peter Maloney
Featuring: Salome Jens, Michael Higgins, Daniel Cohen, Julia Fremon, Baxter Harris, Jayne Haynes, Karen Liswood, Michael Pendrey, Ellen Schindler, Roger Sewall, Sylvia Soares
January 7-March 7, 1971

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Book by John Gordon
Musical Staging by Patricia Birch
Musical Supervision Arrangements and Additional Material by Joseph Raposo
Directed by Joseph Hardy
Featuring: Nancy Fox, Douglas Houston, Barnaby Millard, Trip Plymale, Chip Zien, Carol Ziske
April 16-September 12, 1971

1969 – 1970 Season

Ah! Wilderness
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Theodore Mann
Featuring: Larry Gates, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Alex Wipf, Tony Schwab, Lucy Saroyan, Frank Coleman, IV, Stefan Gierasch, Laurinda Barrett, Hansford Rowe, Brenda Currin, William Dolive, Peggy Pope, Camilla Ritchey, Robert Legionaire, Henry Calvert
October 9-23, 1969

Iphigenia In Aulis
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by Euripides
English Version by Minos Volanakis
Music by Marvin David Levy
Directed by Randall Brooks
Featuring: Jane White, Harris Yulin, Roderick Cook, Christopher Wines, Charles Herrick, Dan Mason, Patricia Bower, Jeremy Luban, Margaret Cathell, Maryce Carter, Carol Emshoff, Sarina Grant, Shirley Luban, Julie Prince, Marsha Sheiness, Linda Simon, Joanna Walton, Edmund Day, Joseph Sofi
November 27, 1969-January 4, 1970

Max Morath at the Turn of the Century
Written by and Featuring Max Morath
January 20-February 15, 1970
The Fantasticks – Musical

Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by William Francisco
Musical Direction by David Effron
Featuring: William Larsen, Stephen Douglass, Peggy Clark, Larry Small, Gwyllum Evans, Guy Grasso, George Curley, Richard Lederer, Karen Goldberg, Douglas Jones, Joseph Willens
February 20-April 26, 1970 & May 25-September 25, 1970

1968-1969 Season

A Moon for the Misbegotten
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Theodore Mann
Featuring: Salome Jens, Mitchell Ryan, Stephan Gierasch, Jack Davidson, Jack Kehoe
January 28-March 9, 1969

Trumpets of the Lord
Circle in the Square by arrangement with Ford’s Theatre Society
Written by James Weldon Johnson
March 11-April 20, 1969
1968-First Season

Gala Opening/CBS-TV Special-Inaugural evening
Featuring: Helen Hayes, Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Andy Williams, Fredric March, Harry Belafonte, Patricia Brooks, Odetta, Richard Crenna, Carmen De Lavallade, Nina Foch, Jean Thielemans
Gala Date: January 30, 1968

John Brown's Body
Under the direction of the National Repertory Theatre
Written by Stephen Vincent Benet
February 12, 1968

Comedy of Errors
Under the direction of the National Repertory Theatre
Written by William Shakespeare
March, 1968

She Stoops to Conquer
Under the direction of the National Repertory Theatre
Written by Oliver Goldsmith
April, 1968

*Encore Production