Hammerstein's Theatre, (09/05/1928 - 4/13/1929)

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Opening Date: Sep 05, 1928

Closing Date: Apr 13, 1929 Total Performances: 253 

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Description: A musical in two acts

Setting: The Meakin Farmhouse, Butlersville, Arkansas; New York City; Other various locales in New York City.

Production StaffEdit

  • Produced by Arthur Hammerstein.
  • Music by Herbert P. Stothart; Book by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Henry Myers; Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby; Musical Director: Herbert P. Stothart.
  • Directed by Reginald Hammerstein; Choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
  • Scenic Design by John Wenger; Costume Design by Mark Mooring.
  • Mechanical and treadmill effects by Peter Clark, Inc. and Edward Dolan.


  • Helen Kane (1928-1929) /Blanche Bow (1929) as Pansy McManus
  • Daniel Healy as Bobby D'Arnell
  • Bob Abbott as License Clerk
  • Alice Akersas  Chorus
  • Louise Allen as Chorus
  • Joseph Ames as Ticket Speculator
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Mary Bay as Chorus
  • Evelyn Bennett as Elvira Hobbs
  • Lester Bernard as A.A. Stone
  • Louise Blakeley as Theatregoer's Girl Friend
  • Lillian Burke as Chorus
  • Charles Butterworth as Cicero Meakin
  • Eddie Buzzell as Walter Meakin
  • Margaret as  allan Chorus
  • Irene Carroll as Chorus
  • Georgette Caryl as Chorus
  • Virginia Case as Miss Badger
  • Austin Clark as Trevor
  • Sylvia Collinson as Chorus
  • Aida Conkey as Chorus
  • Henry Corsell as Chorus
  • Billie Cortez as Chorus
  • Arthur Craig as Chorus
  • Betty Croke as Chorus
  • Ruth Cunliffe as Chorus
  • Phil Daly as Theatregoer
  • Milton Douglas as Manhattan
  • Peggy Driscoll as Chorus
  • Madelyn Eubanks as Chorus
  • Rosemary Farmer as Chorus
  • Jeanne Fayal as Chorus
  • Loretta Flushing as Chorus
  • Edwin Gaillard as Chorus
  • Beryl Golden as Chorus
  • Bobby Gorman as Chorus
  • Muriel Greel as Landlady
  • Muriel Griswold as Chorus
  • Buddie Haines as Chorus
  • Sam Hearn Pa as Meakin
  • Jack Irwin as Chorus
  • Dorothy Jocelyn as Chorus
  • Olive Kenyon as Chorus
  • Grace La Rue as Chorus
  • Mildred Lorrain as Chorus
  • Ned Lynn as Chorus
  • Tom Martin as First Bellboy
  • Ruth Mason as Chorus
  • Helene McGlynn as Chorus
  • Lucille Mercier as Chorus
  • Gordon Merrit as Elevator Boy
  • William Metz as Theatre Treasurer
  • Ariel Millars as "New York"
  • Borrah Minevitch as Jimmie
  • Dick Neely as Policeman
  • Barbara Newberry as Betty Summers
  • Dolores Nito as Chorus
  • Jack O'Hare as Hotel Clerk
  • Mabel Olsen as Chorus
  • Elsie Percival as Old Lady
  • Boo Phelps as Chorus
  • Gus Quinlan as A Grafter
  • Alice Raisen as Chorus
  • Howard Raymond Street as Cleaner
  • Stan Rock as Brakeman
  • Bunny Schum as Chorus
  • Effie Shannon as Ma Meakin
  • Neil Stone as Movie Doorman
  • Theatre as Doorman
  • Arthur Sullivan as Second Bellboy
  • Morris Tepper as Pawnbroker
  • Jean Unger as Chorus
  • Dorothy Ward as Chorus
  • Flo White as Chorus
  • Kay Wolf as Chorus
  • Betty Wright as Chorus


Act 1Edit

  • Down in Arkansas Pa Meakin and Girls
  • What Makes You So Wonderful? Elvira Hobbs and Cicero Meakin
  • Good Boy Ma Meakin and Walter Meakin
  • Voice of the City "New York", Manhattan and Chorus
  • Manhattan Walk Bobby D'Arnell and Betty Summers
  • Some Sweet Someone Walter Meakin and Betty Summers
  • I Have My Moments Pa Meakin, Elvira Hobbs and Cicero Meakin
  • I Wanna Be Loved By You Pansy McManus and Bobby D'Arnell
  • Some Sweet Someone (Reprise) Walter Meakin and Betty Summers
  • The Three Bears Pansy McManus and Jimmie
  • Oh, What a Man Bobby D'Arnell

Act 2Edit

  • Voice of the City (Reprise) Manhattan
  • Good Boy Wedding March Ensemble
  • Nina Betty Summers and Girls
  • I Wanna Be Loved By You (Reprise) Pansy McManus, Bobby D'Arnell, Pa Meakin, Ma Meakin and Elvira Hobbs


  • While performing in Good Boy Helen interpolated the scat Lyrics Boop-Boop-a-Doop and the audience went crazy and then four days later, Helen Kane’s name went up in lights, seemingly overnight.
  • Helen Kane left the show without giving notice in 1929, to pursue a film career and was later replaced by Blanche Bow.
  • Hammerstien said Miss Kane's sudden disappearance cost him $50,000.
  • The Broadway show is referenced in the 1950 film Three Little Words where Debbie Reynolds plays the role of Helen Kane and Carleton Carpenter plays the role of Dan Healy.
  • I Wanna Be Loved By You was a major hit and is most memorably performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot.
  • Helen Kane's part of Pansy McManus was not the central figure in the show, the principal character was Walter Meakin.

See AlsoEdit

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