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Saturday Night (1954)

Words & Music: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Julius J. Epstein, based on the play Front Porch in Flatbush by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein

Premise: From their front porch, middle-class bachelors in Brooklyn, New York, 1929, bemoan their inability to find dates for Saturday evenings. Gene, a lowly runner on Wall Street, hatches a plan to gatecrash the Junior League Cotillion at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and make his mark in society circles. There, he meets and charms Helen, who has – unbeknownst to Gene – also gatecrashed the party.

Note: The show was written in 1954, so predates West Side Story, and was due to be Sondheim's first foray on Broadway. Sadly, the principal producer, Lemuel Ayers, died suddenly in 1955 and the show was shelved for 42 years, until The Stephen Sondheim Society urged Sondheim to sanction a full-scale production at London's Bridewell Theatre in 1997.

Major productions:

1997 Bridewell Theatre

1999 O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts

2000 Second Stage Theatre

2003 Chapel Off Chapel / Federation Square (Magnormos) *Australian premiere

2009 Jermyn Street Theatre / Arts Theatre

2011 Signature Theatre

2014 York Theatre Company

2018 42nd Street Moon

2019 Second Stage Theatre

Bridewell Theatre (1997)

The Bridewell Theatre Company

14 Bride Lane, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ

Previews: 11 December 1997

Opens: 17 December 1997

Closes: 24 January 1998

Performances: 38

Director: Carol Metcalfe and Clive Paget

Musical Director/Orchestrator: Peter Corrigan

Set and Costume Designer: Bridget Kimak
Music Supervisor: Mark Warman
Musical Staging: Tim Flavin
Lighting Designer: Geoff Spain
Production Manager: Pete Bull


Gene Gorman: Sam Newman
Helen Fogel: Anna Francolini

Dino: Maurice Yeoman
Artie: Jeremy David
Ray: Simon Greiff

Bobby: James Millard
: Mark Haddigan

Celeste: Tracie Bennett

Mildred: Ashleigh Sendin
Fantasy Man/Male Vocalist/Clune: Gavin Lee
Fantasy Woman/Miss Fletcher/Florence/Usherette/Dakota Doran/Female Vocalist: Rae Baker
Police Lieutenant/Fantasy Butler: Paul Brereton

Musical Numbers:

Act One

"Saturday Night" – Dino, Bobby, Ray and Artie
"Class" – Gene and Company
"Love's a Bond" – Male Vocalist
"Isn't It?" – Helen
"In the Movies" – Celeste, Mildred, Usherette, Artie, Ray, Dino and Hank
"Exhibit A" – Bobby
"A Moment With You" – Male Vocalist, Helen and Gene
"Saturday Night" (reprise) – Dino, Ray, Artie and Bobby
"So Many People" – Helen, Gene
"One Wonderful Day" – Celeste, Bobby, Hank, Dino, Artie, Ray, Mildred, Florence, Gene, Helen


Act Two

"Saturday Night" (reprise) – Dino, Ray and Artie
"I Remember That" – Hank, Celeste
"Love's a Bond" (reprise) – Female Vocalist
"All for You" – Helen
"It's That Kind of a Neighbourhood" – Dino, Ray, Artie, Mildred, Celeste, Hank
"What More Do I Need?" – Helen, Gene and Company
"One Wonderful Day" (reprise) – Company


Saturday Night – A Stephen Sondheim World Premiere Cast Recording

  • Compact Disc, 1998 [First Night [UK] CD65] (52:50)

  • Compact Disc, 1998 [RCA Victor [US] 09026-633182-2]

Producer: Chris Walker
Engineer: David Hunt, assisted by Niall Alcott
Orchestrator: Peter Corrigan
Conductor: Mark Warman
Recorded at: Angel Studios, London, 10–11 February 1998
Selections: "Saturday Night", "Class", "Love's A Bond", "Isn't It", "In the Movies", "Exhibit A", "A Moment With You", "Saturday Night (Reprise)", "So Many People", "One Wonderful Day", "Saturday Night (Reprise)", "I Remember That", "All For You", "It's That Kind of a Neighborhood", and "What More Do I Need?"

Anchor 1
Anchor 2

O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts (1999)

1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640

Previews: 14 May 1999

Opens: 19 May 1999

Closes: 18 July 1999

Pegasus Productions:

Executive Producer: Arlene J. Crewdson

Managing Director: John Economos

Director: Gary Griffin

Orchestrator: Jonathan Tunick

Incidental, Dance, and Vocal Arrangements:

Sean Patrick Flahaven
Music Director: Thomas Murray
Choreographer: Marc Robin
Scenic Designer: Jeff Bauer
Lighting Designer: Shannon McKinney
Costume Designer: Shifra Werch
Sound Designer: Steve Mezger
Production Stage Manager: Katie Klemme


Gene Gorman: Ian Brennan
Helen Fogel: Elizabeth Sayre Yeats

Dino: Nico Tricoci
Artie: Christopher LoDuca
Ray: Charles Karvelas

Ted: Patrick Sarb
Bobby/Major Domo/Elevator Boy: Philip Dawkins
Hank/Male Vocalist
: Elic Ryan Bramlett

Celeste: Samantha Fitschen

Mildred: Harriet Nzinga Plumpp

Eugene Gorman (Pinhead): Bil Tisdale
Florence/Dakota Doran: Susan Kokot

Attendant/Clune/HeadwaiterDerek Hasenstab

Mr. Fletcher/Mr. Fisher: Paul Hofmann

Beautiful Person: Catherine Kusch


Conductor/Pianist: Tom Murray

Reed 1: Ken Mack

Reed 2: Dave Young/Sean McNeely

Reed 3: Ray Nergaard

Trumpet 1: Carey Deadman/Michael Maysillez

Trumpet 2: Gordon Bazall

Trombone: Henry Salgado

Keyboard: Mike DeVito

Bass: Mark Berls

Drums: Brett Zwler

Musical Numbers:

Act One

  • "Saturday Night" The Gang

  • "Class" Gene, Hank, Artie, Ted, Celeste

  • "Delighted I'm Sure"* Celeste, Mildred, Artie, Dino, Bobby, Ray, Ted

  • "Love's a Bond" Male Vocalist

  • "Isn't It?" Helen, Gene

  • "In the Movies" Ray, Hank, Artie, Dino, Mildred, Celeste

  • "Exhibit A" Bobby

  • "A Moment With You" Male Vocalist, Helen, Gene

  • "Saturday Night" (reprise) The Gang

  • "Montana Chem"* Dino, Ray, Artie, Ted, Hank, Celeste

  • "So Many People" Helen, Gene

  • "One Wonderful Day"All

Act Two

  • "Saturday Night" (reprise) The Gang

  • "I Remember That" Hank, Celeste

  • "Love's a Bond" (reprise) – Dakota Doran

  • "All for You"  Helen

  • "That Kind of a Neighborhood"  All

  • "What More Do I Need?"  Gene, Helen, Dino, Arite, Ray, Ted, Celeste, Hank, Mildred, Clune, Lieutenant

  • "One Wonderful Day" (reprise)  All


*Added for the USA premiere

An archival video recording was made on 29 June 1999 and is held at the Theatre on Film and Tape collection of the Library for the Performing Arts in New York


Second Stage Production (2000)

2econd Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, New York NY

Previews: 21 January 2000 (30 previews)

Opens: 17 February 2000

Closes: 26 March 2000

Performances: 45

Second Stage Productions:

Artistic Director: Carole Rothman

Director and Choreographer: Kathleen Marshall

Orchestrator: Jonathan Tunick

Music Director: Rob Fisher

Musical Continuity: Sean Patrick Flahaven
Conductor: Steven Freeman

Associate Director: Rob Ashford
Scenic Designer: Derek McLane
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Sound Designer: Scott Lehrer
Production Stage Manager: Karen Moore


Gene Gorman: David Campbell
Helen Fogel: Lauren Ward

Dino: Joey Sorge
Artie: Kirk McDonald
Ray: Greg Zola

Ted: Michael Benjamin Washington
Bobby: Christopher Fitzgerald
: Clarke Thorell

Celeste: Andrea Burns

Mildred: Rachel Ulanet

Eugene Gorman (Pinhead): Frank Vlastnik
Florence/Dakota Doran: Natascia Diaz

Attendant/Clune/HeadwaiterMichael Pemberton

Mr. Fletcher/Mr. Fisher/Waiter/Lieutenant: David A. White

Vocalist: Donald Corren


Pinhead/Ted/Hank/Ray: Andy Karl

Bobby: Kirk McDonald

Gene/Artie/Dino: Jim Stanek

Vocalist: David A. White

Celeste/Mildren/Helen/Florence/Dakota Doran: Lisa Datz


Conductor/Piano: Steven Freeman
Associate Conductor/Keyboard: Stephen Marzullo
Woodwinds: Steve Kenyon, Richard Heckman, John Winder
Trumpets: Brian O’Flaherty, Tino Gagliardi
Trombone: Clint Sharman
Bass: Raymond Kilday
Drums/Percussion: Raymond Grappone

Musical Numbers:

Act One

  • Overture Orchestra

  • "Saturday Night" Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • "Class" Gene, Hank, Celeste, Bobby, Artie, Ted, Dino

  • "Delighted I'm Sure" Celeste, Mildred, Hank, Bobby, Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • "Love's a Bond" Vocalist

  • "Isn't It?" Helen

  • "In the Movies" Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino, Hank, Celeste, Mildred

  • "Exhibit A" Bobby

  • "A Moment With You" Vocalist, Gene, Helen

  • "Saturday Night" (reprise) Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • "Gracious Living Fantasy"  Gene & The Gang

  • "Montana Chem" Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino, Hank, Celeste

  • "So Many People" Helen, Gene

  • "One Wonderful Day" Celeste, Hank, Bobby, Mildred, Florence, Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

Act Two

  • Entr'acte The Orchestra

  • "Saturday Night" (reprise) Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • "I Remember That" Hank, Celeste

  • "Love's a Bond" Blues  Dakota Doran

  • "All for You" Helen

  • "That Kind of a Neighborhood" Hank, Celeste, Mildred, Florence, Bobby, Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • "What More Do I Need?" Gene, Helen, Hank, Celeste, Mildred, Florence, Bobby, Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino, Clune, Lieutenant

  • "One Wonderful Day" (reprise) The Company



Drama Desk: Outstanding Lyrics (Stephen Sondheim)


Saturday Night - Original New York Cast

  • Compact Disc, 2000 [Nonesuch Records 79609-2]

Producer: Tommy Krasker
Recorded and mixed: Joel Moss
Liner notes: Jeff Lonoff (lyrics included)
Recorded: 28 March 2000 at the Hit Factory, New York
Selections: All of the tracks listed above, except for the Entr'acte.

Notes: Cast recording features an extended orchestration, played by 26 musicians:

Conductor/piano; Associate conductor/synthesizer; Violin (9); Viola (2); Cello (3); Woodwind (3); Trumpet (4); Trombone; Bass; Drums/percussion.


Jermyn Street Theatre/Arts Theatre (2009)

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, St James's, London

Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London

First UK production using the revised Chicago/Off-Broadway score 

Jermyn Street

Previews: 10 February 2009

Opens: 13 February 2009

Closes: 14 March 2009

Arts Theatre

Opens: 25 March 2009

Closes: 11 April 2009


Director: Tom Littler

Choreographer: Tim Jackson

Music Director: Tom Attwood

Set and Designer: Will Reynolds


Gene Gorman: David Ricardo-Pearce
Helen Fogel: Helena Blackman

Dino: David Osmond
Artie: Lloyd Gorman
Ray/Male Vocalist: Harry Waller

Ted: David Botham
Bobby/Inspector Clune: Lee Drage
Hank/Mr Fletcher
: Nick Trumble

Celeste: Joanna Hickman

Mildred: Joanna Hollister

Eugene Gorman (Pinhead)/Mr Fisher: Kevin Millington
Florence/Female Vocalist: Charlie Cameron


Actor-muso production

Musical Numbers:

Act One

  • Overture – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • “Saturday Night” – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • “Class” – Gene, Hank, Celeste, Bobby, Ted, Artie, Dino

  • “Delighted I’m Sure” – Celeste, Mildred, Hank, Bobby, Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • “Love’s a Bond” – Male Vocalist

  • “Isn’t It?” – Helen

  • “In the Movies” – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino, Hank, Celeste, Mildred

  • “Exhibit ‘A’” – Bobby

  • “A Moment With You” – Male Vocalist, Helen, Gene

  • “Saturday Night" (reprise) – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • “Montana Chem” – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino, Hank, Celeste

  • “So Many People” – Helen, Gene

  • “One Wonderful Day” – Company


Act Two

  • “Saturday Night" (reprise) – Ted, Artie, Ray, Dino

  • “I Remember That” – Hank, Celeste

  • “Love’s a Bond Blues” – Female Vocalist

  • “All for You” – Helen

  • “That Kind of a Neighborhood” – Company

  • “What More Do I Need?” – Gene, Helen, Company

  • "One Wonderful Day" (reprise) – The Company

Charlie Cameron in Saturday Night
Cast of Saturday Night at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Signature Theatre (2011)

Signature Theatre MAX Theatre, Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Concert staging

Opens: 29 October 2011

Closes: 30 October 2011

Performances: 3

Director: Matthew Gardiner

Music Director: Jon Kalbfleisch

Lighting Design: Katrina Maurer


Gene Gorman: Geoff Packard
Helen Fogel: Susan Derry

Bobby: William (Will) Beech
: Evan Casey

Celeste: Tracy Lynn Olivera

Mildred: Joanna Hollister

Florence/Dakota Doran: Eleasha Gamble

Ensemble: Sam Ludwig, Bayla Whitten, William Diggle, Danny Yoerges, Buzz Mauro, Alan DeMont Wiggins and Mike Barry.


York Theatre Company (2014)

The Theater at St. Peter's, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Concert staging as part of the Musicals in Mufti series

Opens: 8 November 2014

Closes: 16 November 2014

Director: Stafford Arima

Music Supervisor: Paul Gemignani

Lighting Designer: Brian Nason

Casting: Geoff Josselson


Gene Gorman: Ben Fankhauser

Helen Fogel: Margot Seibert

Dino: Jeremy Greenbaum
Artie: Greg Kamp
Ray: Jared Loftin

Ted: Matthew (Matt) Bauman
Bobby: Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Hank: Matthew Scott

Celeste: Lindsay Mendez

Mildred: Dana Steingold

Eugene Gorman (Pinhead): Olli Haaskivi
Florence/Female Vocalist: Kenita R. Miller

Plaza Attendant/Clune: Lance Roberts

Mr. Fletcher/Waiter: Michael Thomas Holmes

Mr. Fisher/Male Vocalist: Jim Stanek

Saturday Night York Theatre
Saturday Night York Theatre

42nd Street Moon (2018)

Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Preview: 28 March 2018

Opens: 31 March 2018

Closes: 15 April 2018

Director: Ryan Weible

Musical Director: Daniel Thomas

Set Designer: Brian Watson

Costume Designer: Bethany Deal

Production Stage Manager: Kris Vecere

Asst Stage Manager: Lauren Howry

Choreographer: Allison Paraiso


Gene Gorman: Nikita Burshteyn

Helen Fogel: Amie Shapiro

Dino: Nathaniel Rothrock
Artie: Mike Birr
Ray: Jack O'Reilly

Ted: Jesse Cortez
Bobby: Cameron La Brie
Hank: Kalon Thibodeaux

Celeste: Ayelet Firstenberg/Courtney Hatcher

Mildred: Caitlin Waite

Eugene Gorman (Pinhead)/Mr. Fletcher/Head Waiter/Crooner: DC Scarpelli
Florence/Dakota Doran: Katherine Cooper

Clune: Alison Quin

Mr. Fisher/Lieutenant: John Brown

Band: Daniel Thomas (MD/keys), Nick Di Scala (reeds and keys) and Ken Brill (keys)


Second Stage Theatre (2019)

Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W 43rd St, New York, NY, USA

Concert staging as part of the Musical Mondays series

One Performance: 11 March 2019

Director: Noah Brody

Musical Director: Alexander Gemignani


Gene Gorman: Kyle Selig

Helen Fogel: Erika Henningsen

Dino: Jakeim Hart
Artie: Alec Robert Mathieson
Ray: Sommer Carbuccia

Ted: Kennedy Kanagawa
Bobby: Nathan Salstone
Hank: Jonathan Raviv

Celeste: Sarah Naughton

Mildred: Gabrielle Perez

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