Gershwin Theatre
222 W. 51st St., New York, NY




March 21, 2002 - February 23, 2003

25 previews
388 performances



"I dream of doing a Broadway musical.  When I am so old, no one

would be rude enough to complain."
--Patty Duke (4/10/98)



Patty Duke:          Aunt Eller
Stephen R. Buntrock:          Curly
Josefina Gabrielle:          Laurey
John Jellison:          Ike Skidmore
Justin Bohon:          Will Parker
Shuler Hensley:          Jud Fry
Jessica Boevers:          Ado Annie Carnes
Aasif Mandvi:          Ali Hakim
Mia Price:          Gertie Cummings
Michael McCarty:          Andrew Carnes
Michael X. Martin:          Cord Elam


For more information on the numerous cast changes involved in this production,
please visit the Internet Broadway Database.




Produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Choreographed by Susan Stroman
Music & Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II





"Patty Duke is pretty wonderful as the show's new Aunt Eller; her tough-on-the outside, warm-on-the-inside characterization is exactly what's called for... Eller's relationships with the other people on stage, particularly with Curly and Laurey, are entirely believable, and that may be Duke's greatest achievement in the role."


"[Duke] bounces with a cheerfully resilient charm and is perfectly dandy."
--New York Post


"Patty Duke, as Aunt Eller, is constantly interesting and watchable and engaging..." 


"Her timing on each of her comic lines is pinpoint perfect, and why should I be surprised? She's been a pro since the Eisenhower administration...Duke is very right for the role... The actress says it all when, as Eller, she proclaims: "I don't say I'm no better than anybody else, but I'll be damned if I ain't jist as good!" You're doin' fine, Patty Duke; you're O.K.!"
--Peter Filichia,


"Patty Duke conveys the humor of Aunt Eller."
--New York Daily News


"[Patty Duke is] endearing...She's got gumption, which is a quality this flinty, pioneer woman should abundantly possess."
--The Associated Press


"[Duke] is a pert Aunt Eller...with her obvious enthusiasm for being part of this grand old show."


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