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Can Can

Can Can

by Cole Porter and Abe Burrows

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Can Can

Can Can





A Cole Porter classic about the showgirls of the Montmartre dance halls during the 1890s.


Story:

La Môme Pistache decides to feature the scandalous Can-Can dance in her dance hall, but Judge Forestier threatens to close down her establishment if she defies the law.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Librettist

Librettist
Abe Burrows



  • Premiere
  • 1981
  • 1960 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Shubert Theatre
Opening Night
May 7, 1953
Total Performances
892
Original Cast
Lilo, Hans Conried, Peter Cookson, Gwen Verdon, C. K. Alexander, Sheila Arnold, Meredith Baylis, Ralph Beaumont, Socrates Birsky, Michael Cavallaro, Mary Ann Cohan, David Collyer, Joe Cusanelli, Michael De Marco, Shelah Hackett, Ina Hahn, Ferdinand Hilt, Clarence Hoffman, Jean Kraemer, Dania Krupska, Al Lanti , Vera Lee, Phil Leeds, Bert May, Tom Panko, Arthur Partington, Robert Penn, Eddie Phillips, Richard Purdy, Beverly Purvin, Erik Rhodes, Arthur Rubin, Michael Scrittorale, Jon Silo, Beverly Tassoni, David Thomas, Pat Turner, Ruth Vernon, Deedee Wood
Director
Abe Burrows
Choreographer
Michael Kidd
Producer
Feuer & Martin
Musical Director
Milton Rosenstock
Orchestrations
Philip J. Lang
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Motley
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1981 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Minskoff Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 30, 1981
Total Performances
5
Original Cast
Ron Husmann, Zizi Jeanmaire, Avery Schreiber, Darrell Barnett, Tom Batten, Dennis Batutis, Luigi Bonino, Tommy Breslin, David Brooks, Deborah Carlson, Pam Cecil, Joe Cusanelli, Michael Dantuono, John Dolf, James Dunne, Edyie Fleming, Nealey Gilbert, Mitchell Greenberg, Linda Haberman, Nancy Hess, Brenda Holmes, James Horvath, Donna King, Manette LaChance , Steven LaChance, Kevin McCready, Meredith McIver, Gail Pennington, Rosemary Rado , John Remme, Daryl Richardson, Gregory Schanuel, Pamela Sousa, Swen Swenson, Linda Von Germer
Director
Abe Burrows
Choreographer
Roland Petit
Producer
James M. Nederlander, Arthur Rubin, Jerome Minskoff, Stewart F. Lane, Carole J. Shorenstein and Charles D. Kelman
Musical Director
Stanley Lebowsky
Orchestrations
Philip J. Lang
Scenic Design
David Mitchell
Costume Design
Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Design
Thomas Skelton
Sound Design
Larry Spurgeon

1960 Film Version

Movie Name
Can Can
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Walter Lang
Screenplay
Dorothy Kingsley and Charles Lederer
Starring
Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse, Marcel Dalio




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


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1954 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Gwen Verdon
Best Choreography

1954 Theatre World Award Nominations

Gwen Verdon

1981 Tony Award Nominations

Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Choreography

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