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Portofino (musical)

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MusicLouis Bellson
Will Irwin
LyricsRichard Ney
Sheldon Harnick
BookRichard Ney
Productions1958 Broadway

Portofino is a musical with a book by Richard Ney (who also served as producer), lyrics by Ney and Sheldon Harnick, and music by Louis Bellson and Will Irwin.[1]

Set in a piazza in the Italian resort town of Portofino, the convoluted plot involves auto-racing duke Nicky; his Texan rival Kitty; his granddaughter Angela, a practicing witch; the local padre; and his look-alike Guido, an emissary from the devil.[2]

When critics crucified the show during its Philadelphia tryout, Ney, the producer, democratically left it to the cast to decide if they should continue to New York City. They voted to go.[2]

The Broadway production, directed by Karl Genus and choreographed by Charles Weidman and Ray Harrison with lighting by Lee Watson, opened on February 21, 1958 at the Adelphi Theatre, where it ran for three performances. The cast included Georges Guétary as Nicky, Helen Gallagher as Kitty, Jan Chaney as Angela, and Robert Strauss as both the padre and Guido.[1][2] It got a number of negative reviews.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Portofino, Internet Broadway Database, accessed September 25, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mandelbaum, p. 28
  3. Maney, Richard. "Why Can't They Tell It's a Turkey?", New York Times, 8 March 1959.


Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops by Ken Mandelbaum, published by St. Martin's Press (1991) (ISBN 0-312-06428-4)

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