The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
On Stage
1979-1980
A scene from Barnum

Barnum (musical)
music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, starring Jim Dale & Glenn Close; opened 4.30.80 @ the St. James Theatre, 854 performances. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (won one).

Bent
by Martin Sherman, starring Richard Gere & David Dukes; opened 11.19.79 @ the New Apollo Theatre, 241 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards.

Children of a Lesser God
by Mark Medoff, starring John Rubenstein & Phyllis Freilich; opened 3.30.80 @ the Longacre Theatre, 887 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards (won 3).

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
music by Frank Lazarus, lyrics & book by Dick Vosburgh, directed by Tommy Tune; opened 5.1.80 @ the John Golden Theatre (6.17.80 @ the Royale Theatre), 588 performances. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (won 3).

Evita
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics & book by Tim Rice, starring Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin; opened 9.10.79 @ the Broadway Theatre, 1,567 performances. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards (won 7).

Home
by Samm-Art Williams, starring Charles Brown, L. Scott Caldwell & Michelle Shay; opened 5.7.80 @ the Cort Theatre, 278 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards.

Loose Ends
by Michael Weller, starring Roxanne Hart & Kevin Kline; opened 6.6.79 @ the Circle in the Square Theatre, 270 performances.

Morning's at Seven
by Paul Osborne, starring Nancy Marchand & Maureen O'Sullivan; opened 4.10.80 @ the Lyceum Theatre, 564 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards (won 3).

On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson, starring Tom Aldredge & Frances Sternhagen; opened 9.10.79 @ the Century Theatre, 424 performances.

Peter Pan
music by Mark Charlap, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, starring Sandy Duncan & George Rose; opened 8.10.79 @ the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 554 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards.

Romantic Comedy
by Bernard Slade, starring Mia Farrow & Anthony Perkins; opened 10.30.79 @ the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 396 performances.

Sugar Babies
music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields & Al Dubin, starring Ann Miller & Mickey Rooney; opened 10.4.79 @ the Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1,208 performances. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards.

Talley's Folly
by Lanford Wilson, starring Judd Hirsch & Trish Hawkins; opened 2.20.80 @ the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 286 performances. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (won one); 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Lanford Wilson).

Other: King Richard III (w/ Al Pacino, Cort Theatre, 33 performances); The Madwoman of Central Park West (w/ Phyllis Newman, 22 Steps, 85 performances); The Price (by Arthur Miller, Playhouse Theatre, 144 performances); The 1940s Radio Hour (St. James Theatre, 105 performances); Strider (Helen Hayes Theatre, 214 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Night and Day (w/ Maggie Smith, ANTA Playhouse, 96 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Oklahoma! (by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Palace Theatre, 293 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Comin' Uptown (w/ Gregory Hines, Winter Garden Theatre, 45 performances, 1 Tony Award nomination); Betrayal (w/ Roy Scheider & Raul Julia, Trafalgar Theatre, 170 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); West Side Story (w/ Debbie Allen, Minskoff Theatre, 333 performances, 3 Tony Award nominations); Whose Life is It Anyway? (w/ Mary Tyler Moore, Royale Theatre, 96 performances, 1 Tony Award); I Ought to Be in Pictures (by Neil Simon, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 324 performances, 1 Tony Award); Nuts (w/ Anne Twomey, Biltmore Theatre, 96 performances, 1 Tony Award nomination).


1980-1981
Amadeus
by Peter Shaffer, starring Tim Curry, Jane Seymour & Ian McKellen; opened 12.17.80 @ the Broadhurst Theatre, 1,181 performances. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards (won 7).

Fifth of July
by Lanford Wilson, starring Christopher Reeve, Swoosie Kurtz & Jeff Daniels; opened 11.3.80 @ the New Apollo Theater, 511 performances. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (won one).

42nd Street
music & lyrics from the 1933 Hollywood film, choreography by Gower Champion (who dies opening night), starring Jerry Orbach & Tammy Grimes; opened 8.25.80 @ the Winter Garden Theater, 3,486 performances. Nominated for 8 Tony Awards (won 2).

Lunch Hour
by Jean Kerr, starring Gilda Radner & Sam Waterston; opened 11.12.80 @ the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 262 performances.

The Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert & Sullivan, starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Estelle Parsons; opened 1.8.81 @ the Uris Theatre (& 8.9.81 @ the Minskoff Theatre), 787 performances. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards (won 3).

Sophisticated Ladies
music by Duke Ellington, starring Gregory Hines, Phyllis Hyman & P.J. Benjamin; opened 2/1 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 767 performances. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (won 2).

Woman of the Year
music & lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb, screenplay by Ring Lardner, Jr. & Michael Kanin, starring Lauren Bacall & Harry Guardino; opened 3/29 @ the Palace Theater, 770 performances. Nominated for 6 Tony Awards (won 4).

Other: Your Arms Too Short to Box With God (music & lyrics by Alex Bradford, w/ Cleavant Derricks, Ambassador & Belasco Theatres, 149 performances); Camelot (by Lerner & Loewe, w/ Richard Burton, New York State Theatre, 56 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Brigadoon (Lerner & Loewe, Majestic Theatre, 133 performances, 3 Tony Award nominations); Piaf (w/ Jane Lapotaire, Plymouth Theatre, 165 performances, 1 Tony Award); Rose (w/ Glenda Jackson & Jessica Tandy, Cort Theatre, 68 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); The Little Foxes (w/ Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Beck Theatre, 123 performances (5 Tony Award nominations).


1981-1982
Agnes of God
by John Pielmeier, starring Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer & Geraldine Page; opened 3.30.82 @ the Music Box Theater, 599 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards (won one).

Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley, starring Mia Dillon, Mary Beth Hurt & Holly Hunter; opened 11.4.81 @ the John Golden Theater, 535 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards. 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Beth Henley)

Dreamgirls (musical)
music by Henry Krieger, book & lyrics by Tom Eyen, starring Jennifer Holliday & Cleavant Derricks; opened 12.21.81 @ the Imperial Theater, 1,521 performances. Nominated for 14 Tony Awards (won 7).

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamncoat
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics & book by Tim Rice, starring Bill Hutton; opened 1.27.82 @ the Royale Theatre, 747 performances. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards.

Mass Appeal
by Bill C. Davis, starring Milo O'Shea & Michael O'Keefe; opened 11.12.81 @ the Booth Theater, 212 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards.

"Master Harold"...and the Boys
by Athol Fugard, starring Danny Glover, Zakes Mokae & Lonny Price; opened 5/4 @ the Lyceum Theater, 344 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards (won one).

Nine
music & lyrics by Maury Yeston, directed by Tommy Tune, starring Raul Julia; opened 5/9 @ the 46th Street Theater, 729 performances. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards (won 5).

Pump Boys and Dinettes
by (the cast) John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schwind & Tim Warner; opened 2.4.82 @ the Princess Theater, 573 performances. Nominated for one Tony Award.

The West Side Waltz
by Ernest Thompson, starring Katherine Hepburn; opened 11.10.81 @ New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater, 126 performances. Nominated for one Tony Award.

Other: A Taste of Honey (w/ Amanda Plummer, Century Theatre, 157 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); My Fair Lady (by Lerner & Loewe, w/ Rex Harrison, Uris Theatre, 120 performances, 1 Tony Award nomination); The Dresser (w/ Tom Courtenay, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 200 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Waltz of the Stork (w/ Melvin van Peebles, Century Theatre, 160 performances); Othello (w/ James Earl Jones & Christopher Plummer, Winter Garden Theatre, 126 performances, 1 Tony Award); Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (w/ Karen Black & Cher, Martin Beck Theatre, 52 performances).


1982-1983
A scene from Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs
by Neil Simon, starring Matthew Broderick; opened 3.27.83 @ the Alvin Theater, 2/26/85 @ the 46th Street Theater, 1,299 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards (won 2).

Cats
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by T.S. Eliot; opened 10.7.82 @ Winter Garden Theatre, 7,485 performances. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (won 7).

Foxfire
by Susan Cooper & Hume Cronyn, starring Keith Carradine, Jessica Tandy & Cronyn; opened 11.10,82 @ Ethel Barrymore Theater, 213 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards (won one).

My One and Only (musical)
music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, starring Tommy Tune, Twiggy (Leslie Hornby) & Roscoe Lee Browne; opened 5.1.83 @ the St. James Theater, 767 performances. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards (won 4).

'night, Mother
by Marsha Norman, starring Kathy Bates & Anne Pitoniak; opened 3.31.83 @ the Golden Theater, 388 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards. 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Marsha Norman).

On Your Toes
music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, book by Rodgers & Hart, starring Natalia Makarova; opened 3.6.83 @ the Virginia Theatre, 505 performances. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (won 2).
Torch Song Trilogy
by Harvey Fierstein, starring Harvey Fierstein; opened 6.10.82 @ the Little Theatre, 1,222 performances. Nominated for 2 Tony Awards (won 2).

You Can't Take It With You
by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman, starring James Coco & Colleen Dewhurst; opened 4.4.83 @ the Plymouth Theatre (12.13.83 @ the Royale Theatre, 312 performances.

Other: Present Laughter (w/ Charles C. Scott & Kate Burton, Circle in the Square Theatre, 175 performances); A View From the Bridge (by Arthur Miller, w/ Tony Lo Bianco, Ambassador Theatre, 149 performances, 2 Tony Award nominations); Merlin (by Levinson & Link, music by Elmer Bernstein, w/Doug Henning & Chita Rivera, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 199 performances, 5 Tony Award nominations); Whodunnit (by Anthony Shaffer, w/ George Hearn & Barbara Bixley, Biltmore Theatre, 157 performances); The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (by Herman Wouk, w/ William Atherton & Michael Moriarty, Circle in the Square Theatre, 216 performances, 1 Tony Award nomination).


1983-1984

Baby (musical)
music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., starring Liz Callaway & Todd Graff; opened 12/4 @ the Ethel Barrymore Theater, 241 performances. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards.
Fool for Love
by Sam Shepard, starring Ed Harris; opened 11/30 @ the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, 1,000 performances.
Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet, starring Jack Shepherd; opened 9/21 @ London's Cottlesloe Theatre.
Isn't It Romantic?
by Wendy Wassersterin, starring Lisa Banes, Betty Comden & Chip Zuin; opened 12/15 @ the Playwrights Horizons Theater, 233 performances.
La Cage aux Folles (musical)
music & lyrics by Jerry Herman, starring Gene Barry & George Hearn; opened 8/21 @ the Palace Theater, 1,761 performances. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards (won six).
Mama, I Want to Sing (musical)
music by Rudolph V. Hawkins, bbok & lyrics by Vy Higginsen & Ken Wydro, starring Tisha Campbell; opened 3/25 @ the Hecksher Theater, 2,213 performances.
Merlin (musical)
music by Elmer Bernstein, lyrics & book by Michael Levinson & William Link, starring Doug Henning & Chita Rivera; opened 2/13 @ the Mark Hellinger Theatre, 199 performances. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards.
Painting Churches
by Tina Howe, starring Marian Seldes & Donald Moffatt; opened 2/8 @ the South Street Theater, 206 performances.


1984-1985
Mandy Patinkin & Bernadette Peters in
Sunday in the Park with George

Balm in Gilead
by Lanford Wilson, starring Steven Bauer & Glenn Headley; opened 9/6 @ the Minetta Lane Theater, 143 performances.
The Foreigner
by Larry Shue, starring Shue & Anthony Heald; opened 11/1 @ the Astor Place Theater, 686 performances.
Hurlyburly
by David Rabe, Starring William Hurt, Harvey Keitel & Sigourney Weaver; opened 8/7 @ the Ethel Barrymore Theater, 343 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards (won one).
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson, starring Theresa Merritt & Charles S. Dutton; opened 10/11 @ the Cort Theater, 276 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards.
The Rink (musical)
music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, starring Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera & Jason Alexander; opened 2/9 @ the Martin Beck Theater, 204 performances. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (won one).
Starlight Express (musical)
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Richard Stilgoe; opened 3/27 @ London's Apollo Theatre.
Sunday in the Park with George
music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, starring Mandy Patinkin & Bernadette Peters; opened 5/2 @ the Booth Theater, 540 performances. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards (won 2). 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


1985-1986

As Is
by William M. Hoffman, starring Jonathan Hadery & Jonathan Hogan; opened 5/1 @ the Lyceum Theater, 285 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards.
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (musical)
music & lyrics by Roger Miller, starring Daniel H. Jenkins & Ron Richardson; opened 4/25 @ the Eugene O'Neill Theater, 1,005 performances. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards (won 7).
Biloxi Blues
by Neil Simon, starring Matthew Broderick, Barry Miller, Penelope Ann Miller & Alan Ruck; opened 3/28 @ the Neil Simon Theatre, 524 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards (won 3).
I'm Not Rappaport
by Herb Gardner, starring Judd Hirsch & Cleavon Little; opened 11/19 @ the Booth Theater, 891 performances. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards (won 3).
Les Miserables (musical)
music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boubil & Herbert Ktrezmer, starring Colin Wilkinson; opened 10.8 @ London's Palace Theatre.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (musical)
book, music & lyrics by Rupert Holmes, starring Betty Buckley, George Rose & Cleo Laine; opened 12/2 @ the Imperial Theater, 608 performances. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards (won 5).


1986-1987

Breaking the Code
by Hugh Whitemore, starring Derek Jacobi; opened 10/21 @ London's Haymarket Theater.
Broadway Bound
by Neil Simon, starring Jonathan Silverman, Linda Lavin & Phyllis Newman; opened 12/4 @ Broadhurst Theater, 756 performances. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards (won 2).
Coastal Disturbance
by Tina Howe, starring Annette Bening & Timothy Daly; opened 11/19 @ the Second Stage Theater, 350 performances.
Phantom of the Opera (musical)
music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics by Charles Hart, starring Michael Crawford & Sarah Brightman; opened 10/9 @ London's Her Majesty Theatre.

1987-1988

1988-1989

1989-1990