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Original Cast Recording
Musicarranged by:
Mel Marvin
Book Mel Marvin
Gary Pearle
Productions1979 Washington
1980 Broadway

Tintypes is a musical revue conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle. The score, featuring works by George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa, Joseph E. Howard, Scott Joplin, and Victor Herbert, among others, is a blend of the patriotic songs, romantic tunes, and ragtime popular during the era between 1897 and 1914. The show features five actors representing various historical characters of the period, including Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Anna Held. [1]


The revue originally was produced by the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. An off-Broadway production opened on April 17, 1980 at the York Theatre, where it ran for 137 performances. [2] After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Pearle and choreographed by Kyte, opened on October 23, 1980 at the John Golden Theatre, where it ran for 93 performances. [3]

An original cast recording was released by DRG, and the play was staged for television in 1982 with the original principals.



Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production [3]

1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jerry Zaks Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Carolyn MigniniNominated
Mary Catherine WrightNominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical Gary PearleNominated
Outstanding Choreography Mary KyteNominated
1981 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Mel Marvin and Gary PearleNominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Lynne Thigpen Nominated

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  1. "Tintypes, a CurtainUp review". www.curtainup.com. Retrieved 2023-03-21.
  2. "Tintypes - Musical - The Guide to Musical Theatre". www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com. Retrieved 2023-03-21.
  3. 1 2 "Playbill magazine".