Born Yesterday - Melbourne Theatre Company 1999
by Garson Kanin
The play was adapted into a successful 1950 film of the same name.
An uncouth, corrupt rich junk dealer, Harry Brock, brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn with him to Washington, D.C. When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability to Brock’s business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, to educate his girlfriend. In the process of learning, Billie Dawn realizes how corrupt Harry is and begins interfering with his plans to bribe a Congressman into passing legislation that would allow Brock’s business to make more money.
Born Yesterday opened on February 4, 1946 on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre and ran there until November 6, 1948; the play transferred to Henry Miller’s Theatre on November 9, 1948 and closed on December 31, 1949, after a total of 1642 performances. Judy Holliday starred as Billie, with Paul Douglas as Harry Brock and Gary Merrill as Paul Verrall. Written and directed by Garson Kanin, the scenic design was by Donald Oenslager and costume design by Ruth Kanin. Jean Arthur was originally hired to play Billie but left during tryouts.
Born Yesterday (1999) MTC Katerina Kotsonis, Clare Powell, Greg Stone, George Kapiniaris, Gil Tucker, Teague Rook, Paul Wilson, John Wood, Alison Whyte, John McTernan, Terence Donovan, Betty Bobbitt
Director Bruce Myles
Designer Tony Tripp
Lighting Jamieson Lewis
Stage Manager Janet Millett
Playbill / Program Date Mar - May 1999 The Playhouse Theatre
Size 150 x 240 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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