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Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (LACLO) was an American theatre/opera company in Los Angeles, California. Founded under the motto "Light Opera in the Grand Opera manner" in 1938 by impresario Edwin Lester, the organization presented fifty seasons of theatre before closing due to financial reasons in 1987. Typically the LACLO presented four to six productions during an annual season. The company produced or co-produced several of their own shows in addition to bringing in shows from Broadway to California, often with their original casts. Productions that originated at the LACLO and then went on to wider success, included Song of Norway (1944), Magdalena (1948), Kismet (1953), Peter Pan (1954) and Gigi (1973). Initially the organization mainly presented American operettas, but by the 1960s the company was presenting mostly musical theatre; although the company never completely left its roots.[1]


Judy Holliday in her dressing room before the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway hit Bells Are Ringing with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (1959)

The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera opened its first season in 1938 with Franz Schubert's operetta Blossom Time, presented in English with stars John Charles Thomas and Francia White. The production was both a critical and financial success, and the company went on to have three more sold out productions that season with Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince, Romberg's The New Moon, and Jerome Kern's Roberta.[1]

At the time the LACLO opened, Broadway touring productions out of New York City did not travel further west than the Rocky Mountains. However, the success of the LACLO's first season drew the attention of the theatre community in New York City; seeing for the first time the financial potential of theatre in Los Angeles. Lester further encouraged this interest by partnering with San Francisco theatre impresario Homer Curran who founded the San Francisco Light Opera Company (SFLOC) in 1939. The LACLO and SFLOC joined forces and were able to offer New York producers the ability to book their shows in both L.A. and San Francisco. The Broadway producers took advantage of this opportunity and began extending their touring productions into California.[1]

While including touring productions from NYC in their annual season, the LACLO still continued to mount their own locally produced productions under the artistic leadership of Lester. One major triumph for the company was the 1944 operetta Song of Norway which Lester commissioned Milton Lazarus, Robert Wright, and George Forrest to create using the music of Edvard Grieg. The production later went on to have a successful Broadway run.[1] Wright and Forrest created several more original works for the LACLO, most notably the 1953 musical Kismet, which had an even greater success in New York. Perhaps the most successful original work to be produced at the LACLO was the 1954 musical version of Peter Pan which Lester orchestrated as a star vehicle for Mary Martin. After opening in Los Angeles, the production moved to Broadway, winning Martin a Tony Award. The LACLO also exported a number of revivals to Broadway during its history, including a 1945 revival of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill which ran for more than a year in New York.[2]

During the 1950s and 1960s the LACLO was the most financially successful musical theatre subscription organization of its kind. However, in the 1970s the organization's audience size began to decrease and by the 1980s the company was experiencing serious financial difficulties. The company's last production was of John Kander's Cabaret in 1987. The production starred Joel Grey, Alyson Reed, Regina Resnik, Werner Klemperer, Gregg Edelman, and David Staller.[1]

Performance historyEdit

Year Productions Cast list
1938 Blossom Time (Franz Schubert) John Charles Thomas, Francia White, Melville Cooper
The Student Prince (Sigmund Romberg) Dennis Morgan, Della Lind
The New Moon (Sigmund Romberg) George Houston, Francia White, Sterling Holloway,
Roberta (Jerome Kern) Bob Hope, Tamara Drasin, Ray Middleton, Donald Novis, Carole Landis
1939 The Cat and the Fiddle (Jerome Kern) Helen Gahagan, George F. Houston, Odette Myrtil
The Desert Song (Sigmund Romberg) Allan Jones, Margarete Carlisle, Sterling Holloway
Waltz Dream (Oscar Straus) John Garrick, Francia White
The Gypsy Baron (Johann Strauss II) John Charles Thomas, Vivian Della Chiesa, Irene Manning, Billy Gilbert
1940 Show Boat (Jerome Kern) John Boles, Norma Terris, Paul Robeson, Guy Kibbee, Helen Morgan
H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan)/
Savoy Serenade
John Charles Thomas, Alice Gentle, Irene Manning, Melville Cooper, Jerome Hines, John Raitt
The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) Jarmila Novotná, Walter Woolf King
The Red Mill (Victor Herbert) Sterling Holloway, Dorothy Stone, Charles Collins, Gwen Verdon
1941 Rio Rita (Harry Tierney) Joe E. Brown, Peter Lind Hayes, Walter Cassel, Mary Healy, Maria Tallchief, Roy Fitzell
Naughty Marietta (Victor Herbert) Francia White, Wilbur Evans, Sterlig Holloway
The Chocolate Soldier (Oscar Straus) John Charles Thomas, Irene Manning, Irra Petina, Billy Gilbert
Cabin in the Sky (Vernon Duke) Ethel Waters, Todd Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Dooley Wilson
1942 The Vagabond King (Rudolf Friml) Bob Lawrence, Dorothy Sandlin, John Carradine, Marthe Errolle, Felix Knight
Bitter Sweet (Noël Coward) Muriel Angelus, John Howard, Corrina Mura
Music in the Air (Jerome Kern) John Charles Thomas, Irra Petina, Francis Lederer, Jan Clayton, Al Shean
Hit the Deck (Vincent Youmans) Eddie Foy, Jr., Joan Roberts, Frank Albertson, Jack Durant
1943 Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin) Todd Duncan, Etta Moten, Ruby Elzy, Avon Long
The Gypsy Baron Irra Petina, John Tyers, Billy Gilbert, Sig Arno
The Firefly (Rudolf Friml) Francia White, John Tyers, Melville Cooper, Odette Myrtil, Al Shean, Rudolf Friml
Lady in the Dark (Kurt Weill) Gertrude Lawrence, Eric Brotherson, Gugh Marlowe, Willard Parker, Richard Hale
1944 Show Boat (Jerome Kern) Gene Lockhart, Marthe Errolle, Lansing Hatfield, Carol Bruce, Todd Duncan
The New Moon (Sigmund Romberg) Helena Bliss, Walter Cassel, Sterling Holloway, Kenny Bowers, Mary Ganly, Eric Mattson, Thelma White, John Shafer, and Wilton Graff
Song of Norway (Robert Wright) Irra Petina, Walter Cassel, Helena Bliss, Robert Shafer, Sig Arno, Walter Kingsford, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Sally (Jerome Kern) Billy Gilbert, Jane Deering
1945 The Desert Song (Sigmund Romberg) Walter Cassel, Dorothy Sarnoff, Sterling Holloway, George London
The Red Mill (Victor Herbert) Eddie Foy, Jr., Dorothy Stone, Charles Collins, Odette Myrtil, Lee Dixon
Carmen Jones (Georges Bizet) Muriel Smith, Inez Matthews, Lavern Hutcherson, Napoleon Reed]
Rose-Marie (Rudolf Friml) Irene Manning, Walter Cassel, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frances McCann
1946 The Vagabond King (Rudolf Friml) John Tyers, Dorothy Sarnoff, Marguerite Piazza, Eduardo Cianelli
Roberta (Jerome Kern) Luba Malina, George Britton, Nana Bryant, Gilbert Russell, Tom Ewell, Mitzi Gaynor
Bloomer Girl (Harold Arlen) Nanette Fabray, Dick Smart, Dooley Wilson
Gypsy Lady (Robert Wright) Helena Bliss, John Tyers, Walter Catlett, Gene Lockhart, Mitzi Gaynor
1947 Song of Norway (Robert Wright) Irra Petina, Lawrence Brooks, Robert Shafer, Nana Bryant, Sig Arno, Walter Kingsford, Mitzi Gaynor
Rosalinda (Johann Strauss II) Wilbur Evans, Irene Manning, Hugh Herbert, Rosemarie Brancato, Oscar Karlweis
The Three Musketeers (Rudolf Friml) John Tyers, Polyna Stoska, Frances McCann, Marthe Erolle, Carol Haney
Louisiana Purchase (Irving Berlin) William Gaxton, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore, Irene Bordoni, Harold Mattox, Mitzi Gaynor
1948 Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin) Mary Martin
Naughty Marietta (Victor Herbert) Susanna Foster, Wilbru Evans, Edward Everett Horton, Mitzi Gaynor
Sweethearts (Victor Herbert) Bobby Clark
Magdalena (Heitor Villa-Lobos) Irra Petina, John Raitt, Dorothy Sarnoff, Hugo Haas, Jack Cole Dancers
1949 The Great Waltz (Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II) Walter Slezak, Dorothy Sarnoff, Melva Niles, Charles Fredericks, Mitzi Gaynor, Sig Arno, Eric Brotherson
Brigadoon (Frederick Loewe) David Brooks, Priscilla Gillette, Pamela Britton, Robert Smith
Kiss Me, Kate (Cole Porter) Anne Jeffreys, Keith Andes, Marc Platt, Julie Wilson
High Button Shoes (Jule Styne) Eddie Foy, Jr., Jack Whiting, Audrey Meadows
Finian's Rainbow (Burton Lane) Joe Yule, Charles Davis
1950 The Chocolate Soldier (Oscar Straus) Wilbur Evans, Marion Bell, Salvatore Baccaloni, Ralph Dumke
South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Janet Blair, Richard Eastham, Ray Walston
Rose-Marie (Rudolf Friml) Patrice Munsel, Walter Cassel, Jack Goode, Ollie Franks, George Britton, Jean Fenn
Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill) Todd Duncan
Sadler's Wells Ballet (now The Royal Ballet) Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann
1951 Where's Charley? (Frank Loesser) Ray Bolger
The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) Paul Henreid, Carl Brisson, Jane Pickens, Robert Rounseville, Jean Fenn
Three Wishes for Jamie (Ralph Blane) Ralph Dumke, Sig Arno
Guys and Dolls (Frank Loesser) John Raitt, Marion Bell, Cecil Kellaway, Allan Jones, Jan Clayton, Pamela Britton, Julie Oshins
1952 The Judy Garland Show Judy Garland
Song of Norway (Robert Wright) Helena Bliss, John Tyers, Jean Fenn, Sig Arno, Robert Rounseville, Walter Kingsford
Call Me Madam (Irving Berlin) Elaine Stritch, Kent Smith
South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Janet Blair, Webb Tilton, Irene Bordoni
Jollyanna (a revamp of Sammy Fain's Flahooley) Bobby Clark, Mitzi Gaynor, John Beal, Bil Baird's Marionettes
Don Juan in Hell (George Bernard Shaw) Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Agnes Moorehead
The Danny Kaye Show Danny Kaye
1953 Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein) William Johnson, Jan Clayton, Betta St. John, Murvyn Vye
The Great Waltz (Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II) Dorothy Kirsten, John Charles Thomas, Bill Shirley, Sig Arno, Florence Henderson, Eric Brotherson, Fred Essler, Ralph Morgan, Virginia Gibson, John Banner
Carnival in Flanders (Jimmy Van Heusen) Dolores Gray, John Raitt, Matt Mattox
Kismet (Robert Wright) Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Joan Diener, Henry Calvin
John Brown's Body (Stephen Vincent Benét) Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Raymond Massey
1954 Brigadoon (Frederick Loewe) William Johnson, Dorothy MacNeil, Pamela Britton, Robert Smith, Matt Mattox
The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Yul Brynner, Patricia Morison, Terry Saunders
Porgy and Bess' (George Gershwin) Cab Calloway
Peter Pan (Mark Charlap) Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard
A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare) Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Stanley Holloway
1955 Kiss Me, Kate (Cole Porter) Jean Fenn, Bob Wright, Harold Lang, Pat Crowley
The Pajama Game (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross) Fran Warren, Larry Douglas, Buster West, Pat Stanley
Kismet (Robert Wright) William Johnson, Julie Wilson, Henry Calvin, Beatrice Kraft
Plain and Fancy (Albert Hague) Alexis Smith, Craig Stevens, Barbara Cook
1956 Rosalinda (Johann Strauss II) Cyril Ritchard, The Wiere Brothers, Jean Fenn, Lois Hunt, Bob Wright, Sig Arno
Silk Stockings (Cole Porter) Don Ameche, Jan Sherwood, Gretchen Wyler, George Tobias
Damn Yankees (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross) Bobby Clark, Sherry O’Neil, Allen Case
The Boy Friend (Sandy Wilson) Jo Ann Bayless, John Hewer
1957 My Fair Lady (Frederick Loewe) Brian Aherne, Anne Rogers, Charles Victor, Hugh Dempster
South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Mary Martin, Giorgio Tozzi, Myron McCormick, Richard Banke
Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin) Mary Martin, John Raitt, Reta Shaw
Fanny (Harold Rome) Italo Tajo, Claude Dauphin, Doretta Morrow, Sig Arno
1958 The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Gisele MacKenzie, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Banke
The Most Happy Fella (Frank Loesser) Robert Weede, Jo Sullivan, Art Lund
At The Grand Paul Muni, Joan Diener, Cesare Danova, Neile Adams, John Banner
The Music Man (Meredith Willson) Forrest Tucker, Joan Weldon, Cliff Hall, Benny Baker
1959 Bells are Ringing (Jule Styne) Judy Holliday, Hal Linden, Alice Pearce
My Fair Lady (Frederick Loewe) Michael Evans, Diane Todd, Charles Victor, Hugh Dempster
West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein) Larry Kert, Sonya Wilde, Devra Korwin
Oklahoma (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Jacquelyn McKeever, James Hurst, Bobby Van, Jules Munshin, Helen Gallagher, Murvyn Vye, Reta Shaw, Don Beddoe
1960 Redhead (Albert Hague) Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley
Flower Drum Song (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Elaine Dunn, Juanita Hall, Keye Luke, Ed Kenney, Jack Soo, Cely Carrillo]
Show Boat (Jerome Kern) Joe E. Brown, Andy Devine, Julie Wilson, Lawrence Winters, Eddie Foy, Jr., Jacquelyn McKeever, Richard Banke, Ruta Lee
Destry Rides Again (Harold Rome) John Raitt, Anne Jeffreys, Tom Tully, Phillip Reed
1961 The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) Patrice Munsel, Bob Wright, Jean Fenn, Gale Gordon, Sig Arno
Bye Bye Birdie (Charles Strouse) Elaine Dunn, Bill Hayes, Joan Blondell
The Sound of Music (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Florence Henderson
Guys and Dolls (Frank Loesser) Dan Dailey, Janis Paige, Shelley Berman, Constance Towers, Allen Jenkins, Joey Faye, Maxie Rosenbloom
Gypsy (Jule Styne) Ethel Merman, Julienne Marie, Alfred Sander
1962 Song of Norway (Robert Wright) Patrice Munsel, John Reardon, Dorothy Coulter, Frank Porretta, Sig Arno, Jerome Cowan, Marilyn Niska
Carnival! (Bob Merrill) Anna Maria Alberghetti, Ed Ames, James Mitchell, Jo Anne Worley, Johnny Haymer
Kismet (Robert Wright) Alfred Drake, Lee Venora, Anne Jeffreys
Oliver! (Lionel Bart) Georgia Brown, Clive Revill
1963 Camelot (Frederick Loewe) Kathryn Grayson, Louis Hayward, Arthur Treacher
Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein) John Raitt, Jan Clayton, Claramae Turner, Frank Porretta
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Frank Loesser) Dick Kallman, Dyan Cannon, Willard Waterman
Zenda (Vernon Duke) Alfred Drake, Anne Rogers, Chita Rivera
1964 Kiss Me, Kate (Cole Porter) Patrice Munsel, Robert Wright, Elizabeth Allen, Allen Jenkins, Lennie Weinrib, Roy Fizell, Lyle Talbot, Don Beddoe, Virginia Capers, Avon Long
Little Me (Neil Simon) Sid Caesar, Virginia Martin, Nancy Andrews
Here's Love (Meredith Willson) John Payne, Lisa Kirk, Laurence Naismith
110 in the Shade (Harvey Schmidt) Inga Swenson, Ray Danton, Stephen Douglass, Will Geer, Lesley Ann Warren
1965 The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein) Ricardo Montalbán, Florence Henderson, Lee Venora, Frank Porretta, Jean Sanders, Terence Monk
Pickwick (Cyril Ornadel) Harry Secombe, David Jones
The Great Waltz (Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II) Giorgio Tozzi, Jean Fenn, Frank Porretta, Anita Gillette, Leo Fuchs, Wilbur Evans, Eric Brotherson
Hello, Dolly! (Jerry Herman) Carol Channing
1966 Fiddler on the Roof (Jerry Bock) Luther Adler
Funny Girl (Jule Styne) Marilyn Michaels, Anthony George
The Student Prince (Sigmund Romberg) Frank Porretta, Eileen Christy, Hans Conried, Walter Cassel, Murray Matheson, Irra Petina
Half a Sixpence (David Heneker) Dick Kallman, Anne Rogers
1967 Man of La Mancha (Mitch Leigh) Richard Kiley, Joan Diener
Walking Happy (Jimmy Van Heusen) Norman Wisdom, Anne Rogers, George Rose
Dumas and Son! (Robert Wright) Inla TeWiata, Frank Porretta, Constance Towers, Hermione Gingold, Edward Everett Horton
Show Boat (Jerome Kern) Pat O'Brien, Eddie Foy, Jr., Eileen Christy, John Tyers, Gale Sherwood, Audrey Christie, Robert Mosley
Hello, Dolly! (Jerry Herman) Ginger Rogers, David Burns
1968 Cabaret (John Kander) Signe Hasso, Leo Fuchs, Melissa Hart
Mame (Jerry Herman) Angela Lansbury
Rosalinda (adapted from Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus) Jean Fenn, Cyril Ritchard, Hans Conried, The Wiere Brothers, Barbara Meister
I Do! I Do! (Harvey Schmidt) Mary Martin, Robert Preston
1969 My Fair Lady (Lerner and Loewe) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Margot Moser, Douglas Campbell, Reginald Gardiner, Cathleen Nesbitt, Terence Monk
George M! (George M. Cohan) Joel Grey
1491 John Cullum, Jean Fenn, Chita Rivera, Gino Conforti
Fiddler on the Roof (Jerry Bock) Harry Goz
Man of La Mancha (Mitch Leigh) José Ferrer, Maura K. Wedge
Joffrey Ballet Luis Fuente, Erika Goodman, Gary Chryst
1970 Zorba (John Kander) John Raitt, Barbara Baxley, Chita Rivera
Promises, Promises (Burt Bacharach) Tony Roberts, Melissa Hart
1776 (Sherman Edwards) Patrick Bedford, Rex Everhart, Jon Cypher
Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (Stan Freeman) Kenneth Nelson, Ron Husmann, Bernie West, David Burns, Eleanor Calbes
Musical Theater Cavalcade Juliet Prowse, Bob Wright, Jean Fenn, Frank Porretta, John Reardon, Gilbert Price, Joyce Bryant, William Friml, Sterling Holloway, John Green
1971 Coco Katharine Hepburn
Company George Chakiris, Elaine Stritch
Knickerbocker Holiday Burt Lancaster, David Holliday, Anita Gillette
Candide Frank Porretta, Mary Costa, Douglas Campbell
1972 Applause Lauren Bacall, Len Cariou, Penny Fuller
No, No, Nanette June Allyson, Dennis Day, Sandra Deel, Judy Canova, Jerry Antes
The Rothschilds Hal Linden, C. David Colson
The Sound of Music Sally Ann Howes, Bob Wright, Werner Klemperer, Patricia Morison, Jean Sanders
1973 Oliver! Ron Moody, Karen Morrow, David Jones, Colin Duffy, Jon Cypher
Two Gentlemen of Verona Jonelle Allen, Clifton Davis, Stockard Channing, Larry Kert
Gigi Alfred Drake, Agnes Moorehead, Maria Karnilova, Daniel Massey, Terese Stevens
Gone With The Wind Lesley Ann Warren, Pernell Roberts, Terence Monk, Udana Power
1974 The King and I Ricardo Montalban, Sally Ann Howes, Emily Yancy, Helen Bliss/Jean Sanders, David Cryer
Porgy and Bess Clamma Dale, Leona Mitchell, LaVerne Williams, Robert Mosley, Thomas Carey, Ralph Wilcox, Robert Monroe, James Randolph, Carol Brice, Ruby Jones
Mack & Mabel Robert Preston, Bernadette Peters, Lisa Kirk, James Mitchell
Fiddler on the Roof Robert Merrill, Peg Murray, Michael Kermoyan, Helen Verbit, Richard Balin, Larry Ross, Helena Grenot, Judy Kaye, Elizabeth Hale, Fred Weiss, Fyv Finkel, Baruch Lumet
Sugar Robert Morse, Larry Kert, Gale Gordon, Leland Palmer, Steve Condos, Girginia Martin, Joe Ross
1975 How to Succeed… Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, Penny Worth, Joy Claussen, Christian Grey, Sammy Smith, John Myhers, Ruth Kobart, Mary Jo Catlett, Bill Mullikin
Odyssey Yul Brynner, Joan Diener, Russ Thacker, Diana Davila, Martin Vidnovic, Shev Rodgers
Wonderful Town Nanette Fabray, George Gaynes, Marti Rolph, Jack Kruschen, Mary Wickes/Fran Ryan, Joseph Burke, Fredd Wayne
Camelot Robert Goulet/Edward Mulhare, Carol Lawrence/Anne Rogers, Ron Husmann, Victor Buono/Gale Gordon
1976 The Baker’s Wife Topol, Carole Demas/Patti LuPone, Keene Curtis, Kurt Peterson, David Rounds, Timothy Jerome
The Wiz Ren Woods/Renee Harris, Ben Harney, Valentino, Ted Ross/Ken Prymus, Andre DeShields, Dee Dee Bridgewater/Roz Clark, Vivian Bonnell, Ella Mitchell
Kismet John Reardon, Rhonda Fleming, Victoria Mallory, George Gaynes, Martin Vidnovic, Jack Manning
Pacific Overtures Mako, Soo-Teck Oh, Sab Shimono, Haruki Fujimoto/Kenneth S. Eiland, Isao Sato
1977 Irma La Douce Larry Kert, Priscilla Lopez, George S. Irving, H.F. Green, Mickey Morton
Annie Get Your Gun Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Gavin MacLeod, Bibi Osterwald, Art Lund, Manu Tupou, Don Potter, Peter Bruni
The Wiz Renee Harris, Ben Harney, Ken Prymus, Charles Valentino, Kamal, Vivian Bonnell, Roz Clark, Carolyn Miller
Shine It On Liza Minnelli, Barry Nelson
1978 Chicago Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, Mary McCarty
Pippin Michael Rupert, Larry Riley, Eric Berry, Thelma Carpenter
Pal Joey '78 Lena Horne, Clifton Davis, Josephine Premice
The Sound of Music Florence Henderson, Edward Mulhare, Jean Fenn
1979 Evita Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Bob Gunton
Dancin' The National Company
On The 20th Century Rock Hudson, Judy Kaye, Imogene Coca
Bells Are Ringing Florence Henderson, Dean Jones
1980 Guys and Dolls Milton Berle, Jed Allan, Maureen Arthur, Elizabeth Hansen, Taylor Reed
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Louis Valenzi, Indira Stefanianna, Stuart Baker-Bergen, Mace Barrett, Donna Bullock, Shirley Chester
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Robert Goulet, Joanna Gleason, Sally Kemp, Bill Biskup, Rod Loomis, Elizabeth Savage
1981 Little Johnny Jones David Cassidy, Jack Bittner, Maureen Brennan, Randall Easterbrook, Jane Galloway
The Pirates of Penzance Barry Bostwick, Pam Dawber, Andy Gibb, Clive Revill, Jo Ann Worley
Sweeney Todd Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Ken Jennings, Edmund Lyndeck, Cris Groenendaal
Fiddler on the Roof Herschel Bernardi, Chevi Colton, Ruth Jaroslow, Paul Lipson
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Debbie Boone, David James Carroll, Craig Peralta, Nancy Fox, Jeff Calhoun
A Doll’s Life George Hearn, Betsy Joslyn, Peter Gallagher, Edmund Lyndeck, Barbara Lang
Show Boat Donald O’Connor, Lonette McKee, Jacque Trussel, Sheryl Woods, Karla Burns
Hello, Dolly! Carol Channing, Tom Batten, Pamela Kalt, Jan Neuberger, John Gallogly, P.J.Nelson
Don Quixote Boston Ballet, Rudolph Nureyev
1983 Zorba Anthony Quinn, Lila Kedrova, Robert Westenberg, Taro Meyer, Charles Karel
Woman of the Year Lauren Bacall, Harry Guardino, Emory Bass, Marilyn Cooper, Kathleen Freeman
Chaplin Anthony Newley, Andrea Marcovicci, Jim MacGeorge, Scott Grimes, John Allee
Nine Segio Franchi, Leigh Beery, Jacqueline Douguet Diane M. Hurley, Lauren Mitchell
1984 Evita Florence Lacey, Tim Bowman, John Leslie Wolfe, Donna Marie Elio, Michael Licata
Doug Henning's World of Magic Doug Henning, Debbie Henning, Victor Heineman, D.J. Mergenthaler, Gina Rose
La Cage aux Folles Gene Barry, Walter Charles, Carol Teitel Joseph Breen, Robert Burr, Mollie Smith
Sugar Joe Namath, Robert Morse, Jack Carter, Mary Ann O’Reilly, Steve Condos, Kelly Britt
1985 Sweet Charity Debbie Allen, Michael Rupert, Bebe Neuwirth, Allison Williams, Mark Jacoby, Carol Alt
South Pacific Richard Kiley, Meg Bussert, Novella Nelson, Brent Barrett, Al Mancini, Jade Go
1986 Me and My Girl Robert Lindsay, Maryann Plunkett, George S. Irving, Jane Summerhays
On Your Toes Natalia Makarova, Dina Merrill, Lana Teeter, George de la Pena, Michael Kermoyan
1987 Cabaret Joel Grey, Alyson Reed, Regina Resnick, Werner Klemperer, Greg Edelman, David Staller


  1. ^ a b c d e History of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera at Archived 2009-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Jack Viertel (April 15, 1985). "History of Edwin Lester". A Tribute to Edwin Lester:Highlights of 30 Years of the Civic Light Opera. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009.