The Roar of the Greasepaint & the Smell of the Crowd
A Musical Entertainment in 2 Acts. Book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.
- Directed by Anthony Newley.
- Musical numbers staged by Gillian Lynne.
- (Production) Designed and lighting by Sean Kenny.
- Costumes by Freddy Wittop.
- Musical director, Herbert Grossman.
- Orchestrations, Philip J. Lang.
- Vocal and dance music arrangements by Peter Howard.
- Assistant choreographer, Buff Shurr.
- Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick
Theatre Royal, Nottingham - August 3, 1964 (season)
Shubert Theatre, Broadway - 16 May, 1965 (231 perfs)
In style, similar to Stop the World I Want To Get Off, this is an allegorical piece in which the irrepressible Cocky and the imperious Sir play the "game" [of life] in a small arena-like area. Cocky, the little man, always plays by the rules, while the conniving Sir always ignores them and goes his own way. Towards the end, Cocky with the help of Negro begins to assert himself and eventually he and Sir agree that the "game" should be a draw.
Male - 6; Female - 1+; Plus chorus
Original UK Cast
Cocky: NORMAN WISDOM. Sir: WILLOUGHBY GODDARD. The Kid: SALLY SMITH. The Girl: DILYS WATLING. The Negro: CY GRANT. The Bully: Bruce Wells
The Urchins: Sheila White, Jacqueline Goodman, Gillian Hoyle, Elizabeth White, Diane Dragisic, Roberta Rex, Sonya Petrie, Denise Garvin, Susan Whitnell, Wendy Padbury, Zena Keller, Ann Holloway, Elaine Paige
Original US Cast
Cocky: ANTHONY NEWLEY. Sir: CYRIL RITCHARD. The Kid: SALLY SMITH. The Girl JOYCE JILLSON. The Negro: GILBERT PRICE. The Bully: Murray Tannenbaum.
The Urchins: Rawley Bates, Lori Browne, Lori Cesar, Jill Choder, Gloria Chu, Kay Cole, Marlene Dell, Boni Enten, Mitzi Feinn, Pamela Gruen, Linda Rae Hager, Cyndi Howard, Laura Michaels, Debbie Palmer, Heather Taylor.
Violin 1 & 2; Cello; Bass; Reed 1, 2 3, 4 & 5; Horn 1 & 2; Trumpet 1 & 2; Trombone; Percussion; Guitar 1 & 2; Harp; Piano