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For more information, contact Robert Armin
at (212) 582-4362 or by email at robertarmin@nyc.rr.com

Interviews can be arranged with Budd Schulberg or Ervin Drake

SAMMY GLICK SINGS AND DANCES IN WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
AT THE WEST END THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY

Sammy Glick runs again in a newly revised version of the 1964 Broadway musical, What Makes Sammy Run?, playing from January 19th to the 29th at the West End Theatre in Manhattan.  Based on the best-selling novel by Budd Schulberg (this year celebrating the 65th anniversary of its publication) and featuring a revised book by writer-director Robert Armin and additional songs by composer-lyricist Ervin Drake, this chamber musical production eliminates the dancing ensemble (originally led by Graciela Daniele in her Broadway debut) and numerous secondary characters and interpolates two Schulberg characters not in the original production, Rosalie Goldbaum and Billie Rand. 

Leading the cast of ten are Carl Anthony Tramon as Sammy Glick, Moira Stone as Kit Sargent, Larry Daggett as Al Manheim and Kristin McLaughlin as Laurette Harrington.  Also in the cast are Darron Cardosa (Julian Blumberg), Jessica Luck (Rosalie and Billie), Jeffrey Farber (Sidney Fineman and Ben Osbourne), Steven Patterson (O’Brien and H.L. Harrington), Matthew Napoli as Sheik and Selby Brown (Lucky and Izzy). 

The original production of What Makes Sammy Run? opened on February 27, 1964 and played 540 performances at the old 54th Street Theatre, earning Tony nominations for its leading man Steve Lawrence and conductor Lehman Engel.  Also in the cast were Sally Ann Howes, Robert Alda and Bernice Massi.  That production was directed by Abe Burrows, who took over the show during out-of-town previews in Philadelphia.  According to Ervin Drake, “We were deprived of staging a tougher show by the producer, Joe Cates, who felt it would not appeal to the audience of that time.  Both the script and the songs were softened and Steve Lawrence's ‘Sammy’ was played fetchingly.  The audiences loved him, but we felt the novel had been betrayed.”

Director Robert Armin saw a stock production of the show starring Frank Gorshin in 1966 and the memory of it stayed with him  In 2000, he approached Drake and Schulberg and convinced them to take a new look at the material.  With their consent and active participation, Armin went back to the original novel and wrote a new script which more closely reflects the gritty spirit of the novel.  Speaking for Schulberg and himself, Drake says, “In our opinion, the social climate has so changed over the years that audiences will take readily to the honesty of the new presentation, without our losing the fun of the original.”

The limited run production, with musical direction by Richard Danley and choreography by Jack Dyville, opens Thursday, January 19 and plays daily (except Monday) through Sunday, January 29.  Performances are at 8:00 PM except Sundays which are at 2:30 PM.  The West End Theatre is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew at 263 West 86th Street in Manhattan.  Tickets can be purchased in advance from SmartTix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.  For more information about the show, visit www.whatmakessammyrun.net.

Credits

Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg
Music and Lyrics by Ervin Drake
Book by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg
Revised by Robert Armin

Costumes by Joanne Haas
Lighting Design by Jeffrey Salzberg
Arrangements & Musical Direction by Richard Danley
Choreography by Jack Dyville
Directed by Robert Armin

Original Broadway production directed by Abe Burrows
Produced for Broadway by Joseph Cates

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Larry Daggett as Al Manheim and Moira Stone as Kit Sargent
 in What Makes Sammy Run? playing through
January 29 at The West End Theatre.


Carl Anthony Tramon as Sammy Glick and Steven Patterson as
H.L. Harrington in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.


Jessica Luck as Billie Rand in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.

Matthew Napoli as Sheik, Darron Cardosa as Julian Blumberg
and Selby Brown as Lucky in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.


Jeffrey Farber as Sidney Fineman and Carl Anthony Tramon
as Sammy Click in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.


Moira Stone as Kit Sargent in in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.


Carl Anthony Tramon as Sammy Glick and Kristin McLaughlin
as Laurette Harrington in What Makes Sammy Run?
playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.

Carl Anthony Tramon as Sammy Glick and Moira Stone as Kit Sargent
in What Makes Sammy Run? playing through January 29 at The West End Theatre.

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