Dames At Sea Summary

  • Dames At Sea is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 6 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 24, 2015
  • Opens October 22, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 3, 2016

Dames at Sea is an homage to the gaudy musicals of the 1930s, telling the tale of an understudy of a struggling Broadway show who makes her way to stardom. Though the show originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1966, and also had a successful run in the West End, this is its Broadway debut.

Dames At Sea on Broadway Background

Dames At Sea is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, and a musical score by Jim Wise. This production is directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, who has never before directed on Broadway but who has choreographed on multiple occasions, including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, After the Night and the Music, and 42nd Street. The show is mounted at the Helen Hayes Theatre, which was recently sold to the Off-Broadway not for profit institution Second Stage Theatre, although this production is renting the newly purchased venue rather than being produced by Second Stage.

Interestingly, the originally production featured Bernadette Peters before she was a known commodity, since which time she has gone on to win multiple Tony Awards. Still, that production never made it to Broadway, but now the show will finally have its chance to shine.

What’s Dames At Sea Like?

When the show played in the 1960s, the New York Times critic Clive Barnes called it “knowing and cute.” That may seem like an understatement, but the show is clearly a treasure from a previous era. Whereas the original production featured just six performers, this production will not scale it up hugely. Rather than featuring a gigantic ensemble like many shows do, the approach for this production of Dames at Sea is to let each actor and dancer perform his or her own number, rather than getting lost in a sea of dancing bodies. The show is sure to be a barrel full of laughs, as the tale of a Broadway production being performed out of desperation on a naval battleship promises to be a very fun evening.

Is Dames At Sea Good for Kids?

Yes, the show is appropriate for children. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 597
Entrance: 44th street between 7th and 8th avenue
Theatre Information

Helen Hayes Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Hennesey/The Captain
John Bolton
Joan
Mara Davi
Lucky
Danny Gardner
Ruby
Eloise Kropp
Mona Kent
Lesli Margherita
Dick
Cary Tedder

Producers

Infinity Theatre Company

Perry Street Theatricals

Production Credits

Direction & Choreograph
Randy Skinner
Scenic Design
Anna Louizos
Costume Design
David C. Woolard
Lighting Design
Ken Billington
Sound Design
Scott Lehrer
Musical Supervision
Rob Berman
Lyrics + Book
George Haimsohn + Robin Miller
Music
Jim Wise

Creative Team

General Manager
Richards Climan Inc
Company Manager
Holli Campbell at Richards Climan Inc
Casting Director
Binder Casting
Advertising Representative
AKA NYC
Press Agent
Polk & Co
Production Manager
Jeff Wild