House of Flowers 2003

Opened: February 13, 2003
Closing: February 16, 2003

House of Flowers - 2003 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

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131 West 55th St. (between 6th and 7th Avenues) New York, NY 10019

House of Flowers is a musical by Harold Arlen (music and lyrics) and Truman Capote (lyrics and book), based on his own short story, first published in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) as one of three extra pieces besides the titular novella. This was Capote's only musical, and is the first theatrical production outside of Trinidad and Tobago to feature the new Caribbean instrument - the steel pan.

After a Philadelphia try-out, the show opened on Broadway on December 30, 1954 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 165 performances. The director was Peter Brook. The cast included Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey and Geoffrey Holder (who also provided a section of choreography). Although the show received generally poor reviews, the dance-rhythm infused score has been praised for its mix of blues and calypso. Most of the original orchestral score by Ted Royal has been lost, but the piano score survives. Oliver Messel won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, the show's only nomination.

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Other Productions of House of Flowers

1954   Broadway Original Broadway Production
1968   Off-Broadway Off-Broadway Revival
1968   Off-Broadway
2003   Off-Broadway Encores! Concert