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Cover to original Broadway Cast RecordingHazel Flagg

A Musical Satire in Two Acts, 15 Scenes. Book by Ben Hecht. Based on the story Letter to the Editor by James Street and the film Nothing Sacred by Ben Hecht, (Ring Lardner, Jr.). Music by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Bob Hilliard.

Dances and musical numbers staged by Robert Alton. Book directed by David Alexander. Scenery and lighting by Harry Horner. Costumes by Miles White. Musical director, Pembroke Davenport. Choral arrangements and direction by Hugh Martin. Orchestrations by Don Walker. Ballet arrangements by Oscar Kosarin. Entire production under the supervision of Robert Alton.

Produced by Jule Styne in association with Anthony Brady Farrell.

Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York: 11 February, 1953 - 4 July 1953; re-opened 7 September 1953 - 19 September, 1953. Total 190 performances.


Hazel is a backwater Vermont girl who is believed to be dying of radium poisoning. A magazine gets hold of her story and brings her to New York, where she is the centre of attention. She finds time to fall in love with sophisticated Wallace Cook. When it is learned that she is really in the pink of health New York loses interest, but Wallace loves her all the same.

CAST (in order of appearance):

Musical Numbers

  1. A Little More Heart - Laura Carew, Wallace Cook, Magazine Staff
  2. The World Is Beautiful Today - (Replaced by 'My Wild Imagination') - Hazel Flagg
  3. I'm Glad I'm Leaving - Hazel Flagg
  4. The Rutland Bounce (Dance) - Dancers & Villagers
  5. Hello, Hazel - Laura Carew, New Yorkers
  6. Paris Gown (Ballet) - Hazel Flagg, Dancers, Models, Attendants
  7. Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket - Wallace Cook
  8. The World Is Beautiful Today (reprise) (replaced by 'Make the People Cry') - Wallace Cook, Editors
  9. Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York - Mayor of New York
  10. How Do You Speak to an Angel? - Wallace Cook
  11. Autograph Chant - Autograph Hunters
  12. I Feel Like I'm Gonna Live Forever - Hazel Flagg
  13. You're Gonna Dance With Me, Willie - Hazel Flagg, Willie, Company
  14. Who Is the Bravest? - University Glee Club
  15. Dream Parade (Ballet) - Hazel Flagg, Company
  16. Salome - Dancing Girls, with Salome: Cowboy Singer: Cowboy Dancers
  17. Everybody Loves To Take a Bow - Laura Carew, Mayor of New York, Men
  18. Something in the Wind - Wallace
  19. Laura De Maupassant - Hazel Flagg
  20. Autograph Chant - (reprise) - Autograph Hunters
  21. I Feel Like I'm Gonna Live Forever (reprise) - Company
  22. How Do You Speak to an Angel? - Wallace Cook

Scenes and Settings

Act 1

Scene 1: Conference Room of Everywhere Magazine. Late afternoon, 1930s.
Scene 2: Dr. Downer's House. The next day.
Scene 3: Railroad Depot, Stonyhead. That evening.
Scene 4: A New York Street. The next day.
Scene 5: Hazel's New York Hotel Suite. Later that day.
Scene 6: Laura Carew's Office. Two weeks later.
Scene 7: Hazel's Hotel Suite. Evening. A week later.
Scene 8: (a) A Cross Section of New York City. Later that evening. (b) Roseland Ballroom.

Act 2

Scene 1: A Radio Station in the Hotel. The next morning.
Scene 2: Hazel's Hotel Bedroom. The same morning.
Scene 3: The same. Several hours later.
Scene 4: The Mayor's Luncheon. That afternoon.
Scene 5: Under the East River Bridge. Later that evening.
Scene 6: A Barge on the River's edge. A little later.
Scene 7: Finale.