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For the film adaptation, see The Unsinkable Molly Brown (film)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a 1960 musical with music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and book by Richard Morris. The plot is a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Brown, who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and her wealthy miner-husband. A musical film version, also titled The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with screenplay by Helen Deutsch, was released in 1964.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Original Broadway Cast Recording CD
MusicMeredith Willson
LyricsMeredith Willson
BookRichard Morris
Productions1960 Broadway
1962, 1989 US national tour
2009 West End
2014 Denver

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The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 3, 1960, and closed on February 10, 1962, after 532 performances and 1 preview. It was directed by Dore Schary and choreographed by Peter Gennaro. The opening cast included Tammy Grimes, Harve Presnell, and Jack Harrold. Grimes won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Grimes appeared in the US national tour in 1962, including Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and June 1962, respectively.

Presnell reprised his stage role for the 1964 film, also titled The Unsinkable Molly Brown starring Debbie Reynolds. The two starred in a 1989-1990 national tour.

The first West End production, with Abi Finley and Sean Pol McGreevy in the leading roles, opened in May 2009.

Revised versions

A reading of Molly Brown, the first of the revised versions by Dick Scanlan, took place in Denver at the Denver Center Theatre Company's Colorado New Play Summit in February 2009. The show was directed by Kathleen Marshall and starred Kerry O'Malley as Molly, Marc Kudisch as James Joseph "J.J." Brown, William Parry as Horace Tabor, and Linda Mugelston as Polly Pry. The story was revised "to use more elements from the real-life story" of Molly Brown.

A reading of the musical was held in May 2010. The show was directed/choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, music supervision by Michael Rafter, with Sutton Foster as Molly and Craig Bierko as J.J. Brown. This reading had only Molly and J.J. as characters, cutting out all others that were in the previous version.

Another reading of the musical by Scanlan was staged in December 2011. The creative team was the same as in May 2010, and it starred Foster and Kudisch again, Teal Wicks, Francis Jue and Zachary James, among others. About half the score is from the original musical and "the rest of the ‘new’ score is made up of songs from the late Willson's catalog."

Opening September 12, 2014, a full production of the Dick Scanlan revisioning was produced at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, running through October 26. The production featured Beth Malone and Burke Moses. The plotline differed significantly from the original production, opening with Molly in the Titanic lifeboat, and then flashing back to follow her life from her first visit to Leadville. The production received favorable reviews from local reviewers and a notice in the New York Times, "A New Crew Salvages Old Molly Brown."

The revised Scanlan version opened on February 8, 2020 (previews) Off-Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center, presented by the Transport Group and directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Beth Malone and David Aron Damane star.

The following plot is that of the original 1960 Broadway production

In the early 20th century, feisty tomboy Molly Tobin wrestles with her three younger brothers and tells them and her father that she wants to learn to read and write and to find a rich husband ("I Ain't Down Yet"). Molly makes her way to the Saddle Rock saloon in Leadville, Colorado and applies for a job. On the way to Leadville, Colorado she meets J.J. "Leadville" Johnny Brown, who falls in love with her and promises to give her whatever she wants ("I'll Never Say No"). After they marry, Johnny sells a claim and provides Molly with the money she wants, enough to enter the high social life in Denver ("Beautiful People of Denver"). Molly and Johnny, now dressed in gaudy finery, are made fun of by the Denver society people she wants to impress, and they travel to Europe, against Johnny's better instincts.

The couple, and especially Molly, are welcomed and accepted by European royalty, but the attentions of Prince DeLong towards Molly upset Johnny and he returns to Leadville alone. Molly realizes that Johnny is her true love, and she sails for home on the RMS Titanic ("Dolce Far Niente"). As the Titanic sinks and the tragedy unfolds, Molly survives in one of the lifeboats. She finally is reunited with Johnny, who has built Molly her own "castle", a beautiful home in the Rocky Mountains.

Act I
  • Overture—Orchestra
  • I Ain't Down Yet—Molly Tobin and Her Brothers
  • Belly Up to the Bar, Boys—Molly Tobin, Christmas Morgan and the Miners
  • I've A'ready Started In—Johnny "Leadville" Brown, Christmas Morgan, Charlie, Burt and Gitter
  • I'll Never Say No—Johnny "Leadville" Brown
  • My Own Brass Bed—Molly Tobin
  • The Denver Police—Three Policemen
  • Beautiful People of Denver—Molly Tobin
  • Are You Sure?—Molly Tobin, Monsignor Ryan and Guests
  • I Ain't Down Yet (Reprise)—Molly Tobin and Johnny "Leadville" Brown
Act II
  • Happy Birthday, Mrs. J. J. Brown—Princess DeLong, Prince DeLong and the International set
  • Bon Jour (The Language Song)—Molly Tobin, Prince DeLong and the International set
  • If I Knew—Johnny "Leadville" Brown
  • Chick-a-pen—Molly Tobin and Johnny "Leadville" Brown
  • Keep-a-Hoppin'—Johnny "Leadville" Brown and His Leadville Friends
  • Up Where the People Are—Monte Carlo Guests
  • Dolce Far Niente—Prince DeLong and Molly Tobin
  • Colorado, My Home—Johnny "Leadville" Brown, Molly Tobin and Leadville Friends

The song "I Ain't Down Yet" became a popular standard. Musicians who recorded it included Dinah Shore in 1961, Lester Lanin and his Orchestra in 1962, and John Gary in 1966. The tune was also adapted as the theme for the children's TV show Wonderama, in which children in the audience waved their raised arms back and forth in time to the music during the opening credits.

The Gemini 3 capsule was nicknamed Molly Brown in reference to this musical, as Commander Gus Grissom's previous space capsule sank after splashdown.

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown musical Article Talk Language Watch Edit For the film adaptation see The Unsinkable Molly Brown film The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a 1960 musical with music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and book by Richard Morris The plot is a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Brown who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic and her wealthy miner husband A musical film version also titled The Unsinkable Molly Brown with screenplay by Helen Deutsch was released in 1964 The Unsinkable Molly BrownOriginal Broadway Cast Recording CDMusicMeredith WillsonLyricsMeredith WillsonBookRichard MorrisProductions1960 Broadway 1962 1989 US national tour 2009 West End 2014 Denver Contents 1 Productions 1 1 Revised versions 2 Plot 3 Musical numbers 4 In popular culture 5 References 6 External linksProductions EditThe original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 3 1960 and closed on February 10 1962 after 532 performances and 1 preview It was directed by Dore Schary and choreographed by Peter Gennaro The opening cast included Tammy Grimes Harve Presnell and Jack Harrold Grimes won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Grimes appeared in the US national tour in 1962 including Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and June 1962 respectively 1 Presnell reprised his stage role for the 1964 film also titled The Unsinkable Molly Brown starring Debbie Reynolds The two starred in a 1989 1990 national tour 2 3 The first West End production with Abi Finley and Sean Pol McGreevy in the leading roles opened in May 2009 4 Revised versions Edit A reading of Molly Brown the first of the revised versions by Dick Scanlan took place in Denver at the Denver Center Theatre Company s Colorado New Play Summit in February 2009 The show was directed by Kathleen Marshall and starred Kerry O Malley as Molly Marc Kudisch as James Joseph J J Brown William Parry as Horace Tabor and Linda Mugelston as Polly Pry The story was revised to use more elements from the real life story of Molly Brown 5 A reading of the musical was held in May 2010 The show was directed choreographed by Kathleen Marshall music supervision by Michael Rafter with Sutton Foster as Molly and Craig Bierko as J J Brown This reading had only Molly and J J as characters cutting out all others that were in the previous version 6 Another reading of the musical by Scanlan was staged in December 2011 The creative team was the same as in May 2010 and it starred Foster and Kudisch again Teal Wicks Francis Jue and Zachary James among others About half the score is from the original musical and the rest of the new score is made up of songs from the late Willson s catalog 7 Opening September 12 2014 a full production of the Dick Scanlan revisioning was produced at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts running through October 26 The production featured Beth Malone and Burke Moses The plotline differed significantly from the original production opening with Molly in the Titanic lifeboat and then flashing back to follow her life from her first visit to Leadville The production received favorable reviews from local reviewers and a notice in the New York Times A New Crew Salvages Old Molly Brown 8 The revised Scanlan version opened on February 8 2020 previews Off Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center presented by the Transport Group and directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall Beth Malone and David Aron Damane star 9 10 Plot EditThe following plot is that of the original 1960 Broadway production In the early 20th century feisty tomboy Molly Tobin wrestles with her three younger brothers 11 and tells them and her father that she wants to learn to read and write and to find a rich husband I Ain t Down Yet Molly makes her way to the Saddle Rock saloon in Leadville Colorado and applies for a job On the way to Leadville Colorado she meets J J Leadville Johnny Brown who falls in love with her and promises to give her whatever she wants I ll Never Say No After they marry Johnny sells a claim and provides Molly with the money she wants enough to enter the high social life in Denver Beautiful People of Denver Molly and Johnny now dressed in gaudy finery are made fun of by the Denver society people she wants to impress and they travel to Europe against Johnny s better instincts The couple and especially Molly are welcomed and accepted by European royalty but the attentions of Prince DeLong towards Molly upset Johnny and he returns to Leadville alone Molly realizes that Johnny is her true love and she sails for home on the RMS Titanic Dolce Far Niente As the Titanic sinks and the tragedy unfolds Molly survives in one of the lifeboats She finally is reunited with Johnny who has built Molly her own castle a beautiful home in the Rocky Mountains Musical numbers EditAct IOverture Orchestra I Ain t Down Yet Molly Tobin and Her Brothers Belly Up to the Bar Boys Molly Tobin Christmas Morgan and the Miners I ve A ready Started In Johnny Leadville Brown Christmas Morgan Charlie Burt and Gitter I ll Never Say No Johnny Leadville Brown My Own Brass Bed Molly Tobin The Denver Police Three Policemen Beautiful People of Denver Molly Tobin Are You Sure Molly Tobin Monsignor Ryan and Guests I Ain t Down Yet Reprise Molly Tobin and Johnny Leadville Brown Act IIHappy Birthday Mrs J J Brown Princess DeLong Prince DeLong and the International set Bon Jour The Language Song Molly Tobin Prince DeLong and the International set If I Knew Johnny Leadville Brown Chick a pen Molly Tobin and Johnny Leadville Brown Keep a Hoppin Johnny Leadville Brown and His Leadville Friends Up Where the People Are Monte Carlo Guests Dolce Far Niente Prince DeLong and Molly Tobin Colorado My Home Johnny Leadville Brown Molly Tobin and Leadville FriendsIn popular culture EditThe song I Ain t Down Yet became a popular standard Musicians who recorded it included Dinah Shore in 1961 12 Lester Lanin and his Orchestra in 1962 13 and John Gary in 1966 14 The tune was also adapted as the theme for the children s TV show Wonderama in which children in the audience waved their raised arms back and forth in time to the music during the opening credits 15 The Gemini 3 capsule was nicknamed Molly Brown in reference to this musical as Commander Gus Grissom s previous space capsule sank after splashdown 16 References Edit Zolotow Sam Schary To Stage Play About Files The New York Times April 2 1962 p 26 Churnin Nancy Stage Review Debbie Reynolds Is Unsinkable in Molly Brown Los Angeles Times August 25 1989 Klein Alvin Debbie Reynolds Re Creates Molly The New York Times April 1 1990 Shenton Mark The Unsinkable Molly Brown review TheStage co uk June 1 2009 Jones Kenneth O Malley Is Molly Brown in Denver Reading of Revised Musical Kudisch Also Stars Playbill com January 30 2009 Jones Kenneth EXCLUSIVE Sutton Foster and Craig Bierko to Star in Molly Brown Musical Reading Playbill com April 30 2010 Jones Kenneth Sutton Foster and Marc Kudisch Bang Unsinkable Molly Brown s Tub in Reading of Revised Musical Playbill com December 27 2011 David Cara Joy 17 September 2014 A New Crew Salvages Old Molly Brown Nytimes com Retrieved 22 December 2017 Gans Andrew Tony Nominee Beth Malone Is The Unsinkable Molly Brown Opening February 26 Off Broadway Playbill February 8 2020 The Unsinkable Molly Brown transportgroup org accessed February 9 2020 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Synopsis mtishows com accessed August 22 2011 Dinah Shore I Ain t Down Yet YouTube https www youtube com watch v 10 cr3aGGCE I Ain t Down Yet Lester Lanin and his Orchestra YouTube https www youtube com watch v 6J9EgYf2Y U John Gary I Ain t Down Yet YouTube https www youtube com watch v VUcuOYBna9A Wonderama Intro with Kids 1973 YouTube https www youtube com watch v oytoF lSgUw Gemini 3 Mission 24 April 2015 External links Edit The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Internet Broadway Database Plot synopsis and other details at guidetomusicaltheatre com The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Music Theatre International website Internet Off Broadway Database Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title The Unsinkable Molly Brown musical amp oldid 1080732432, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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