Born Yesterday

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Born Yesterday (Sept 1946) Ellen Hall, Gary Merrill - Lyceum Theatre

Born Yesterday is a play written by Garson Kanin which premiered on Broadway in 1946, starring Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn. 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. For his performance as Harry Brock, Paul Douglas was awarded the 1946 Clarence Derwent Award for the most promising male performance.

Born Yesterday (Sept 1946) Ellen Hall, Gary Merrill, Frank Otto - Lyceum Theatre. Born Yesterday (Sept 1946) Ellen Hall, Gary Merrill, Frank Otto - Lyceum Theatre

Playbill / Program Sept 1946

Run: Feb 4, 1946 - Dec 31, 1949

Size 230 x 165 mm Pages 44

Condition: Used Fair has water damage on top right corner all the way to the back..see cover photo) 6/10

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