Little Mary Sunshine

Little Mary Sunshine is an American musical in emulation of older operetta, with book, music, and lyrics by Rick Besoyan. It premiered on November 18, 1959 at the Orpheum Theatre in New York.

This musical was conceived and executed as a loving sendup of the operettas of Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml, and Sigmund Romberg.

There are even hints of Noel Coward. Its villainous “Indians” and gallant “forest rangers” (thinly disguised mounties) are taken in particular from Friml’s Rose-Marie.

The original West End cast of the show was directed by Paddy Stone and starred Patricia Routledge.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Little Mary Sunshine Margaret Boughton
Captain Big Jim Warrington Robert Salter
Mme Ernestine von Liebedich Patricia Vandepeer
Chief Brown Bear Mark Holliday
Corporal Billy Jester Michael Carver
Fleet Foot Richard Matthiae
General Oscar Fairfax Roger Roseboom
Yellow Feather Nicholas Green
Nancy Twinkle Anne Campbell
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Lesley Cox
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Melanie Edwards
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Merian Ganjou
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Sally Hester
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Rachel Marks
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Jacquline Pearson
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Sonya Raymond
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Mandy Stenhouse
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Louise Stevenson
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Barbara Thomas
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Janet Turner
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Claire Walker
Ladies from Eastchester Finishing School Francis Warhurst
Gentleman of United States Rangers Tim Ablitt
Gentleman of United States Rangers Will Brooks
Gentleman of United States Rangers Iain Calder
Gentleman of United States Rangers David Cole
Gentleman of United States Rangers Norman Marks
Gentleman of United States Rangers John Powter
Gentleman of United States Rangers Rick Ratcliffe
Gentleman of United States Rangers Kit Stratfull
Gentleman of United States Rangers Paul Viney
Gentleman of United States Rangers Andrew Yeates
Flute Jonathan Heitler
Oboe Tim Ramply
Clarinet Alison Campbell
Bassoon Roy McKinley
Horns Roy & Mary Banks
Trumpet Andy Weeks
Piano Dennis Gomm
Bass Callum Yule
Drums Iain Hodge

Creative Team

Role Name
Producer Jessica Joyce
Musical Director Carl Smith
Stage Manager Barbara Mitchell
Assistant Stage Manager John Mitchell
Producers Assistant Jackie Osborne
Production Manager Barbara Thomas
Rehearsal Pianist Dennis Gomm
Rehearsal Pianist Nick Beedham
Prompt Carole Brown
Box Office Paul Hester
Props Peter Sporle
Costume Co-ordinator Mandy Stenhouse
Costumes Alan Scott Costumes
Lighting Designer Paul Viney
Lighting Steve Brown
Stage Crew Trevor Marland
Stage Crew Anne Newton
Front of House Helen Jenkins
Make-up Wendy Edwards

Show Date: November 1987

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