Broadway Musical Chronology:
The 1950s
Compiled by John Kenrick

(Copyright 1996-2003)

Times Square in the 1950sTimes Square as seen in a 1950s postcard.

All dates are for Broadway openings unless otherwise noted.

KEY
Show Title (Genre/City)
, Opening Date, Theatre, Number of Performances


1950

  • Happy As Harry, 1/6/1950, Coronet, 3
  • Alive and Kicking (Revue), 1/17/1950, Winter Garden, 46
  • Dance Me a Song (Revue), 1/20/1950, Royale, 35
  • Arms and the Girl, 2/2/1950, 46th St., 134
  • Consul, The (Opera), 3/15/1950, Ethel Barrymore, 269
  • Great To Be Alive!, 3/23/1950, Winter Garden, 52
  • Katherine Dunham (Revue), 4/19/1950, Broadway, 37
  • Peter Pan (Jean Arthur), 4/24/1950, Imperial, 321
  • Tickets, Please! (Revue), 4/27/1950, Coronet, 245
  • Brigadoon, 5/2/1950, New York City Center, 24
  • Liar, 5/18/1950, Broadhurst, 12
  • Carousel (London), 6/7/1950, Drury Lane, 566
  • Michael Todd's Peep Show (Revue), 6/28/1950, Winter Garden, 278
  • Ace of Clubs (London), 7/7/1950, Cambridge, 211
  • Telephone, The/The Medium (R), 7/19/1950, Edison Hotel Arena, 110
  • Pardon Our French (Revue), 10/5/1950, Broadway, 100
  • Call Me Madam, 10/12/1950, Imperial, 644
  • Barrier, 11/2/1950, Broadhurst, 4
  • Guys and Dolls, 11/24/1950, 46th St., 1194*
  • Let's Make an Opera, 12/13/1950, Golden, 5
  • Bless You All (Revue), 12/14/1950, Mark Hellinger, 84
  • Colorado (Paris), 12/16/1950, Gaite-Lyric, 11 months
  • Pour Don Carlos (Paris), 12/17/1950, Chatelet, 420
  • Out of This World, 12/21/1950, New Century, 157

1951

  • Where's Charley? (Return), 1/29/1951, Broadway, 48
  • Mikado, The (R), 1/29/1951, St. James, 8
  • Trial by Jury/HMS Pinafore, 2/5/1951, St. James, 8
  • Jotham Valley, 2/6/1951, 48th Street, 31
  • Gondoliers (R), 2/12/1951, St. James, 4
  • Iolanthe (R), 2/15/1951, St. James, 4
  • Gay's the Word (London), 2/16/1951, Saville, 502
  • Razzle Dazzle (Revue), 2/19/1951, Hotel Edison Arena, 8
  • Cox and Box/The Pirates of Penzance (R), 2/19/1951, St James, 8
  • King and I, The, 3/29/1951, St. James, 1246*
  • Make a Wish, 4/18/1951, Winter Garden, 102
  • Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A, 4/19/1951, Alvin, 267
  • Flahooley, 5/14/1951, Broadhurst, 40
  • Oklahoma! (R), 5/29/1951, Broadway, 72
  • Courtin' Time, 6/14/1951, National, 37
  • Seventeen, 6/21/1951, Broadhurst, 180
  • Two on the Aisle (Revue), 7/19/1951, Mark Hellinger, 276
  • Bagels and Yox (Revue), 9/12/1951, Holiday, 204
  • Borscht Capades (Revue), 9/17/1951, Royale, 90
  • Jose Greco (Revue), 10/1/1951, Shubert, 65
  • Music in the Air (R), 10/8/1951, Ziegfeld, 56
  • Zip Goes a Million (London), 10/20/1951, Palace, 544
  • And So To Bed (London), 10/12/1951, New Theatre, 323
  • Top Banana, 11/1/1951, Winter Garden, 350
  • Paint Your Wagon, 11/12/1951, Shubert, 289
  • Le Chanteur De Mexico (Paris), 12/15/1951, Chatelet, 905

1952

  • Pal Joey (R), 1/2/1952, Broadhurst, 540
  • Kiss Me, Kate (Return), 1/8/1952, Broadway, 8
  • Bet Your Life (London), 2/18/1952, London Hippodrome, 362
  • Paris '90, 3/4/1952, Booth, 87
  • Call Me Madam, (London), 3/15/1952, Coliseum, 485
  • Three Wishes for Jamie, 3/21/1952, Mark Hellinger, 91
  • Four Saints in Three Acts (Opera-R), 4/16/1952, Broadway, 15
  • Of Thee I Sing (R), 5/5/1952, Ziegfeld, 72
  • Shuffle Along, 5/8/1952, Broadway, 4
  • New Faces of 1952 (Revue), 5/16/1952, Royale, 365
  • Wish You Were Here, 6/25/1952, Imperial, 598
  • Love From Judy (London), 9/25/1952, Saville, 594
  • Evening with Beatrice Lillie, An (Revue), 10/2/1952, Booth, 275
  • Buttrio Square, 10/14/1952, New Century, 7
  • Mikado, The (R), 10/20/1952, Mark Hellinger, 8
  • Pirates of Penzance, 10/27/1952, Mark Hellinger (Chartock's Co.), 8
  • My Darlin' Aida, 10/27/1952, Winter Garden, 89
  • Trial by Jury/HMS Pinafore (R), 11/3/1952, Mark Hellinger (Chartock's Co.), 8
  • Iolanthe (R), 11/10/1952, Mark Hellinger (Chartock's Co.), 8
  • Two's Company (Revue), 12/15/1952, Alvin, 90

1953

  • Jose Greco (Revue), 1/12/1953, New Century, 16
  • Danny Kaye (Revue), 1/15/1953, Palace, 128
  • Hazel Flagg, 2/11/1953, Mark Hellinger, 190
  • Paint Your Wagon (London), 2/11/1953, Her Majesty's, 477
  • Maggie, 2/18/1953, National, 5
  • Wonderful Town, 2/25/1953, Winter Garden, 559*
  • Porgy and Bess (R), 3/10/1953, Ziegfeld, 305
  • Boy Friend, The (London), 4/14/1953, Wyndhams, 2,084
  • Can-Can, 5/7/1953, Shubert, 892
  • Me and Juliet, 5/28/1953, Majestic, 358
  • Guys and Dolls (London), 5/28/1953, Coliseum, 555
  • Oklahoma! (R), 8/31/1953, New York City Center, 40
  • Anna Russell's Little Show (Revue), 9/7/1953, Vanderbilt, 16
  • Carnival in Flanders, 9/8/1953, New Century, 6
  • At Home with Ethel Waters (Revue), 9/22/1953, 48th Street, 23
  • Comedy in Music (Victor Borge), 10/2/1953, Golden, 849
  • King and I, The (London), 10/8/1953, Drury Lane, 926
  • Wish You Were Here (London), 10/10/1953, Casino, 282
  • Kismet, 12/3/1953, Ziegfeld, 583*
  • John Murray Anderson's Almanac (Revue), 12/10/1953, Imperial, 227

1954

  • Boy Friend, The (London), 1/14/1954, Wyndham's, 2,084
  • Girl in Pink Tights, 3/5/1954, Mark Hellinger, 115
  • Threepenny Opera, The (R-Off), 3/10/1954, Theatre de Lys, 96
  • Golden Apple, 3/11/1954, Phoenix, 46
  • Pal Joey (London), 3/31/1954, 245
  • By the Beautiful Sea, 4/8/1954, Majestic, 268
  • Golden Apple (Moved to Broadway), 4/20/1954, Alvin, 127
  • Show Boat (R), 5/5/1954, New York City Center, 15
  • Pajama Game, 5/13/1954, St James, 1061*
  • Die Fledermaus (R), 5/19/1954, New York City Center, 15
  • Carousel (R), 6/2/1954, New York City Center, 79
  • After The Ball (London), 6/10/1954, Globe, 188
  • Hayride, 9/13/1954, 48th Street, 24
  • Boy Friend, The, 9/30/1954, Royale, 435
  • On Your Toes (R), 10/11/1954, 46th Street, 64
  • Can-Can (London), 10/14/1954, Coliseum, 394
  • I Feel Wonderful (Revue), 10/18/1954, Theatre de Lys, 48
  • Peter Pan (Mary Martin), 10/20/1954, Winter Garden, 152
  • Fanny, 11/4/1954, Majestic, 388
  • Sandhog, 11/23/1954, Phoenix, 48
  • Mrs. Patterson, 12/1/1954, National, 102
  • Hit the Trail, 12/2/1954, Mark Hellinger, 4
  • Saint of Bleecker Street (Opera), 12/27/1954, Broadway, 92
  • House of Flowers, 12/30/1954, Alvin, 165

1955

  • Plain and Fancy, 1/27/1955, Mark Hellinger, 461
  • Wonderful Town (London), 2/23/1955, Prince's, 207
  • Silk Stockings, 2/24/1955, Imperial, 478
  • Shoestring Revue (Revue), 2/28/1955, President, 96
  • Three for Tonight (Revue), 4/6/1955, Plymouth, 115
  • Ankles Aweigh, 4/18/1955, Mark Hellinger, 176
  • Guys and Dolls (R), 4/20/1955, New York City Center, 15
  • Kismet (London), 4/20/1955, Stoll, 648
  • Phoenix '55 (Revue), 4/23/1955, Phoenix, 97
  • South Pacific (R), 5/4/1955, New York City Center, 15
  • Damn Yankees, 5/5/1955, 46th St. Street, 1019*
  • Finian's Rainbow (R), 5/18/1955, New York City Center, 15
  • Seventh Heaven, 5/26/1955, ANTA, 44
  • Water Gipsies, The (London), 8/31/1955, Winter Garden, 239
  • Almost Crazy (Revue), 6/20/1955, Longacre, 16
  • Catch a Star! (Revue), 9/6/1955, Plymouth, 23
  • Threepenny Opera, The (Off-Return), 9/20/1955, Theatre de Lys, 2611
  • Hear! Hear! (Concert), 9/27/1955, Ziegfeld, 38
  • Maurice Chevalier (Concert), 9/28/1955, Lyceum, 47
  • Yeomen of the Guard (R), 10/3/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 8
  • Pirates of Penzance (R), 10/6/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 8
  • Mikado (R), 10/10/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 17
  • Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure, 10/10/1955, Bijou, 64
  • Pajama Game, The (London), 10/13/1955, Coliseum, 588
  • Princess Ida (R), 10/13/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 8
  • Trial by Jury/HMS Pinafore, 10/17/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 13
  • H.M.S. Pinafore/Trial by Jury, 10/17/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 13
  • Ruddigore (R), 10/20/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 11
  • Iolanthe (R), 10/24/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 10
  • Vamp, The, 11/10/1955, Winter Garden, 60
  • Katherine Dunham and Her Company (Revue), 11/22/1955, Broadway, 32
  • Iolanthe (R), 11/25/1955, Shubert (D'Oyly Carte Co.), 7
  • Pipe Dream, 11/30/1955, Shubert, 245
  • Mediterranee (Paris), 12/17/1955, Chatelet, 572

1956

  • Plain and Fancy (London), 1/25/1956, Theatre Royal, 315
  • My Fair Lady, 3/15/1956, Mark Hellinger, 2717*
  • Mr. Wonderful, 3/22/1956, Broadway, 383
  • King and I, The (R), 4/18/1956, NY City Center, 23
  • Most Happy Fella, 5/3/1956, Imperial, 676
  • Kiss Me, Kate (R), 5/9/1956, New York City Center, 23
  • Littlest Revue (Revue), 5/22/1956, Phoenix, 32
  • Carmen Jones (R), 5/31/1956, New York City Center, 22
  • Shangri-La, 6/13/1956, Winter Garden, 21
  • By Hex, 6/13/1956, Tempo Playhouse, 40
  • New Faces of '56 (Revue), 6/14/1956, Ethel Barrymore, 220
  • World's My Oyster, The, 7/31/1956, Actors Playhouse, 40
  • Johnny Johnson (R), 10/21/1956, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, 17
  • Shoestring '57 (Revue), 11/5/1956, Barbizon-Plaza, 119
  • Irma La Douce (Paris), 11/12/1956, Gramont, 2 years+
  • Fanny (London), 11/15/1956, Drury Lane, 347
  • Li'l Abner, 11/15/1956, St. James, 693
  • Cranks (Revue), 11/26/1956, Bijou, 40
  • Bells Are Ringing, 11/29/1956, Shubert, 924
  • Candide, 12/1/1956, Martin Beck, 73
  • Happy Hunting, 12/6/1956, Majestic, 412
  • Grab Me a Gondola (London), 12/26/1956, Lyric, 673

1957

  • Ziegfeld Follies (Revue), 3/1/1957, Winter Garden, 123
  • Beggar's Opera, The (R), 3/13/1957, NY City Center, 15
  • Brigadoon (R), 3/27/1957, NY City Center, 47
  • Damn Yankees (London), 3/28/1957, Coliseum, 258
  • Merry Widow (R), 4/10/1957, NY City Center, 15
  • Shinbone Alley, 4/13/1957, Broadway, 49
  • South Pacific (R), 4/24/1957, NY City Center, 23
  • Livin' the Life, 4/27/1957, Phoenix, 25
  • New Girl in Town, 5/14/1957, 46th St., 431
  • Pajama Game (R), 5/15/1957, New York City Center, 23
  • Free As Air (London), 6/6/1957, Savoy, 417
  • Simply Heavenly, 8/20/1957, Playhouse, 62
  • Mask and Gown (Revue), 9/10/1957, Golden, 39
  • Carousel (R), 9/11/1957, New York City Center, 24
  • West Side Story, 9/26/1957, Winter Garden, 732
  • Copper and Brass, 10/17/1957, Martin Beck, 36
  • Jamaica, 10/31/1957, Imperial, 555
  • Rumple, 11/6/1957, Alvin, 45
  • Music Man, The, 12/19/1957, Majestic, 1375*

1958

  • Body Beautiful, The, 1/23/1958, Broadway, 60
  • Boy Friend, The (R-Off), 1/25/1958, Downtown, 763
  • Oh Captain!, 2/4/1958, Alvin, 192
  • Annie Get Your Gun (R), 2/19/1958, New York City Center, 16
  • Where's Charley? (London), 2/20/1958, Palace, 404
  • Portofino, 2/21/1958, Adelphi, 3
  • Wonderful Town (R), 3/5/1958, NY City Center, 16
  • Oklahoma! (R), 3/19/1958, NY City Center, 16
  • Say, Darling, 4/3/1958, ANTA, 332
  • Joyce Grenfell, 4/7/1958, Lyceum, 24
  • Next President, 4/9/1958, Bijou, 13
  • Medium (R), 4/20/1958, New York City Center, ??
  • Express Bongo (London), 4/23/1958, Saville, 316
  • My Fair Lady (London), 4/30/1958, Theatre Royal, 2281
  • Irma La Douce (London), 7/17/1958, Lyric, 1512
  • Jerome Robbins' Ballets: USA, 9/4/1958, Alvin, 44
  • Valmouth (London), 10/2/1958, Lyric Hammersmith, 85 (see 1/27/1959)
  • Goldilocks, 10/11/1958, Lunt-Fontanne, 161
  • Diversions (Revue), 11/7/1958, Downtown, 85
  • Salad Days, 11/10/1958, Barbizon-Plaza, 80
  • Plume de Ma Tante, La (Revue), 11/11/1958, Royale, 835
  • Flower Drum Song, 12/1/1958, St. James, 600
  • West Side Story (London), 12/12/1958, Her Majesty's, 1039
  • Rose De Noel (Paris), 12/20/1958, Chatelet, 415
  • Whoop-Up, 12/22/1958, Shubert, 56
  • Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, A (Revue), 12/23/1958, Golden, 38

1959

  • On the Town (R), 1/15/1959, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, 70
  • Fashion, 1/20/1959, Royal Playhouse, 50
  • She Shall Have Music, 1/22/1959, Martinique, 54
  • Valmouth (London-Moved), 1/27/1959, Saville, 102
  • Redhead, 2/5/1959, 46th St., 452*
  • Most Happy Fella, The (R), 2/10/1959, New York City Center, 16
  • Say, Darling (R), 2/25/1959, New York City Center, 16
  • Juno, 3/9/1959, Winter Garden, 16
  • Lute Song (R), 3/12/1959, New York City Center, 14
  • Ole!, 3/18/1959, Greenwich Mews, 35
  • First Impressions, 3/19/1959, Alvin, 92
  • Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, A (Revue-Return), 4/16/1959, Golden, 44
  • Destry Rides Again, 4/23/1959, Imperial, 472
  • Candide (London), 4/30/1959, Saville, 60
  • Once Upon a Mattress, 5/11/1959, Phoenix, 216 (see 11/25/1959)
  • Nervous Set, The, 5/12/1959, Henry Miller's, 23
  • Chic (Revue), 5/19/1959, Orpheum, 6
  • Fallout (Revue), 5/20/1959, Renata, 31
  • Gypsy, 5/21/1959, Broadway, 702
  • Leave It to Jane (R-Off), 5/25/1959, Sheridan Square Playhouse, 928
  • Lock Up Your Daughters (London), 5/28/2959, Mermaid, 330
  • Billy Barnes Revue (Revue), 6/9/1959, York Playhouse, 199
  • Guys and Dolls (R), 7/21/1959, Theatre in the Park, 14
  • Billy Barnes Revue (Revue), 8/4/1959, John Golden, 87
  • Carmen Jones (R), 8/17/1959, Theatre in the Park, 7
  • Can-Can (R), 8/25/1959, Theatre in the Park, 6
  • Lend an Ear (Revue-R), 9/24/1959, Renata, 94
  • Happy Town, 10/7/1959, 54th St, 5
  • At the Drop of a Hat (Revue), 10/8/1959, John Golden, 215
  • Mis-Guided Tour, 10/12/1959, Downtown, 56
  • Take Me Along, 10/22/1959, Shubert, 448
  • Kosher Widow, 10/31/1959, Anderson, 87
  • Girls Against the Boys, The (Revue), 11/2/1959, Alvin, 16
  • Sound of Music, The, 11/16/1959, Lunt-Fontanne, 1443*
  • Little Mary Sunshine (Off), 11/18/1959, Orpheum, 1143
  • Fiorello!, 11/23/1959, Broadhurst, 796*
  • Once Upon a Mattress (Moved to Broadway), 11/25/1959, Alvin, 460 total
  • Saratoga, 12/7/1959, Winter Garden, 80
  • Make Me An Offer (London), 12/16/1959, New Theatre, 267
(*Please Note: Fiorello & Sound of Music tied for the 1960 Best Musical Tony)

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* Tony Award for Best Musical -- Because the Tony cutoff date has varied widely over the years, it is not uncommon for shows that opened in the same year to qualify as part of different seasons. That is why some years have two winners listed while others list none at all.

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