Lyrics by Dorothy Fields - Music by Cy Coleman: Book by Michael Stewart, based on Two For the Seasaw by William Gibson, subsequently revised by, and wholly credited to, Michael Bennett
Opened at the Uris Theatre, New York March 18, 1973 (296 performances)
Jerry Ryan, a simple, handsome, young lawyer from America's Midwest, comes to New York where he gets involved in a romance with a kookie, young dancer whose background, ideas and attitudes are completely different from his own. This is Gittel Mosca - and the two keep in touch by telephone. They meet and part through that medium. (The original play, on which this musical adaptation was based, was originally a two-hander.)
Gittel introduces Jerry to all aspects of her life in New York, peopled as it is with strange and wonderful characters from every part of the globe. Jerry finds himself outside X-rated cinemas marquees in Times Square and is propositioned by Eighth Avenue hookers.
There are compensatory tender moments for Gittel and Jerry at Lincoln Center. And other bizarre events? How about a performance of Hamlet by a mobile street theatre - in the original Puerto Rican? Gittel has a close friend, David, as aspiring choreographer who dreams up the ultimate Broadway production number.
Sadly the relationship between Jerry and Gittel fails in the end to lead anything more permanent. But both have learned things about themselves and about their emotional hang-ups - and also about New York, that very special and exciting city.
- Seasaw - Orchestra and Company
- My City - Street Walkers & Company
- Nobody Does It Like Me - Gittel Mosca
- In Tune - Gittel Mosca & Jerry Ryan
- Spanglish - Company
- Welcome to Holiday Inn - Gittel
- You're a Lovely Lunatic - Jerry
- He's Good For Me - Gittel
- Ride Out the Storm - Sophie, Sparkle & Company
- We've Got It - Jerry
- Poor Everybody Else - Gittel
- Chapter 54 Number 1909 4 - David, Jerry, Gittel & Company
- Seesaw Ballet - Orchestra
- It's Not Where You Start - David
- Finale - I'm Way Ahead & Seesaw - Gittel
Original Broadway Cast - DRG - CDRG 6108 - (0 21471-6108-2 6) available from