Look Back at Anyone Can Whistle Starring Angela Lansbury

Archival Photos   Look Back at Anyone Can Whistle Starring Angela Lansbury
The original production opened April 4, 1964, at the Majestic Theatre.
Angela Lansbury and cast ©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle premiered on Broadway April 4, 1964. The cult favorite show (which lasted just nine performances and 12 previews), starring Lee Remick, Harry Guardino, and Angela Lansbury, includes such numbers as “Me and My Town,” “There Won’t Be Trumpets,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Everybody Says Don’t” and “With So Little To Be Sure Of.”

Anyone Can Whistle tells the story of a corrupt mayoress who fakes a miracle to save her failing town—a miracle that brings a nurse and her charges from the local asylum, as well as a mysterious man who is supposed to sort things out when the inmates run amok.

Flip through photos of the original production below:

Read the 1964 Playbill in the Vault.

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