Angel in the Wings

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Angel in the Wings
Angel in the Wings playbill.jpg
Broadway Playbill
MusicBob Hilliard and Carl Sigman
LyricsBob Hilliard and Carl Sigman
PremiereDecember 11, 1947 (1947-12-11): Coronet Theatre, New York City
Productions1947 Broadway

Angel in the Wings is a musical revue with songs by Bob Hilliard and Carl Sigman and sketches by Hank Ladd, Ted Luce, Paul Hartman, and Grace Hartman.[1]

In addition to contributing sketches, the Hartmans headlined the original Broadway production at the Coronet Theatre (now the Eugene O'Neill Theatre) which ran for 308 performances, from December 11, 1947, to September 4, 1948.[2] The production was considered a surprise hit, with the comic dancing couple Paul and Grace Hartman both receiving the first ever Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actress in 1948.[3][4] In her Broadway musical debut, the 22-year-old Elaine Stritch delivered the most notable song of the revue, "Civilization," which went on to become a standard.[5][6] Although she only had one song in the revue, Stritch was said to have gotten the loudest applause.[7] Also in the cast were Eileen Barton, Eugenie Baird, Nadine Gae, Peter Hamilton, Robert Stanton, Viola Roache, Johnny Barnes, Janet Gaylord, Alan Green, and Bill McGraw.[2]

Song List[edit]

  • "Long Green Blues"
  • "Up Early with the Upjohns"
  • "Holler Blue Murder"
  • "Breezy"
  • "Swingeasy"
  • "Civilization"
  • "Apologia"
  • "The Glamorous Ingabord"
  • "Tambourine"
  • "Trailer Trouble"
  • "If It Were Easy to Do"
  • "The Serious Note"
  • "Thousand Islands Song"
  • "The Salina Select Garden Club"
  • "The Big Brass Band from Brazil"


  1. ^ "Angel in the Wings Broadway @ Coronet Theatre - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  2. ^ a b League, The Broadway. "Angel in the Wings – Broadway Musical – Original | IBDB". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. ^ "Paul Hartman Is Dead at 69; Starred in 'Angel in the Wings'". The New York Times. 1973-10-04. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  4. ^ "Remembering a Legend: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  5. ^ Atkivson, Brooks (1947-12-21). "PAUL AND GRACE; The Hartmans and Hank Ladd in an Entertaining Musical Revue". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  6. ^ Sigman, Michael (2014-07-18). "How Elaine Stritch Got Her Big Broadway Break". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  7. ^ S., Hischak, Thomas (2009). Broadway plays and musicals : descriptions and essential facts of more than 14,000 shows through 2007. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 0786453095. OCLC 456377061.

External Links[edit]

Angel in the Wings at the Internet Broadway Database