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A musical in 2 Acts, 12 scenes: book and lyrics by James Lipton; music by Laurence Rosenthal: based on the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Alvin Theatre, Broadway - Opened 28th March, 1967. (72 performances)


When internationally-famous thirties radio broadcaster and critic Sheridan Whiteside slips and injures his hip outside the Stanley residence in a small town in Ohio, the family have to put him up - and put up with him - over Christmas. Pompous, cunning and waspish, Whiteside completely takes over the house for his broadcasts, encourages the Stanley kids to defy their parents, attracts assorted wacky friends, and receives tons of fan mail and strange gifts, including an Egyptian mummy case.

When his faithful secretary Maggie falls for local reporter and would-be playwright Bert Jefferson, Whiteside pulls out all the stops to block the romance, including using glamorous stage star, Lorraine Sheldon, to divert Bert. It does not work and when to everyone's relief Whiteside eventually leaves, he falls over again on the way out and has to be brought back in.

Musical Numbers

Original Broadway song list

  1. Turn on Your Radio - Sarah, Maggie, Daisy, Ensemble
  2. Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me? - Sheridan
  3. Meet Mesalia - Maggie, Bert, Ensemble
  4. Maybe It's Time for Me - Maggie
  5. How Can You Kiss Those Good Times Goodbye? - Sheridan, Maggie
  6. With This Ring - Maggie, Bert, Sheridan, Dr. Bradley
  7. Sherry - Lorraine, Sheridan
  8. Alas, Lorraine - Beverly
  9. Au Revoir - Beverly
  10. Proposal Duet - Lorraine, Beverly
  11. Listen Cosette - Lorraine, Cosette
  12. Christmas Eve Broadcast - Sheridan, Lorraine, Ensemble
  13. Putty in Your Hands - Lorraine, Ensemble
  14. Harriet's Pavan - Harriet
  15. Imagine That - Maggie, Sheridan
  16. Marry the Girl Myself - Sheridan, Banjo
  17. The Fred Astaire Affair - Sheridan, Banjo, Ginger, Ensemble
  18. How Can You Kiss Those Good Times Goodbye? (reprise) - Maggie
  19. Putty in Your Hands (reprise) - Lorraine, Sheridan, Banjo
  20. Harriet Sedley - Sheridan, Banjo, Ernest

Cast (in order of appearance):

Scenes and Settings

The action takes place between December 10th and Christmas Day, 1938, in Mesalia, Ohio.

Act 1

Act 2

Studio recording song list

  1. Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me?
  2. Whiteside's Prayer
  3. In the Very Next Moment
  4. Crockfield
  5. Maybe It's Time for Me
  6. How Can You Kiss Those Good Times Goodbye?
  7. With This Ring
  8. Sherry!
  9. Alas, Lorraine/Au Revoir
  10. Proposal Duet
  11. I Always Stay at the Ritz
  12. Christmas Eve
  13. Putty in Your Hands
  14. Imagine That
  15. Preen Beguine
  16. Marry the Girl Myself
  17. Putty in Your Hands (Reprise)
  18. Harriet Sedley
  19. Au Revoir (Reprise)
  20. Whiteside's Prayer (Reprise)
  21. Sherry (Reprise)