Directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the musical opened Oct. 12, 1950, at the Imperial Theatre, where it enjoyed a 644-performance run. Merman's critically acclaimed performance earned her the 1951 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Featured actor Nype and composer-lyricist Irving Berlin were also awarded Tonys for their work. Merman would later star in the 1953 film adaptation of the musical.
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