Shinbone Alley, the musical adaptation of Don Marquis’ archy and mehitabel stories, opened at the Broadway Theatre April 13, 1957, starring noted singer and actor Eartha Kitt. Featuring a book by Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, lyrics by Darion, and music by George Kleinsinger, the production played a six-week run before closing on May 25.
Shinbone Alley tells the story of a cockroach's misadventures, particularly his love for a self-involved alley cat who has a series of unfortunate romances with other cats.
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Photos: Look Back at Eartha Kitt in Shinbone Alley on Broadway
Following Shinbone Alley, Kitt would continue her Broadway career with celebrated turns in Timbuktu! in 1978 and The Wild Party in 2000, as well as thrive as a film actor, cabaret performer, and recording artist.