Paradise Island (musical)

The Legend of Paradise Island is a Hawaiian Musical Fantasy in two acts, with book, music, and lyrics by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb. The book was adapted by Francis Swann. The show was produced by Guy Lombardo at the Jones Beach Marine Theater. The show opened on June 22, 1961.[1]

Paradise Island
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Program Cover
MusicCarmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb
LyricsCarmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb
BookCarmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb

The book was directed by Francis Swann, and choreographed and staged by June Taylor, scenery designed by George Jenkins. Costumes by Winiford Morton. Lighting by Peggy Clark. The musical direction and vocal arrangements were by Pembroke Davenport. The orchestrations were by Joe Glover and the dance arrangements were by Milt Sherman. The entire production was under the supervision of Arnold Spector. It ran for 75 performances.

The cast starred Elaine Malbin, Arthur Treacher, and William Gaxton and included Jack Washburn, Norman Atkins, Honey Sanders, Ralph Purdum, Harold Gary, Robert Penn, The Toy Boys, Tom Noel, Little Joe, Elsa Raven, and The John Piilani Watkins Group, according to the program.

According to the review of the show in the New York Times by Louis Calta, the story is about an American industrialist (William Gaxton), his son (Jack Washburn), and his butler (Arthur Treacher), who are shipwrecked on a tiny Hawaiian island. Mr. Lombardo brought 32 performers from Hawaii, ages 6 to 21, for the outdoor venture, dancing the hula, sword dances, fire dances, torchlight processions, and a luau.[2]

The show was revived by Guy Lombardo the next season, starting June 27, 1962, for 68 performances.[3] ,



  1. ^ Mantle, Burns, Editor, "The Best Plays of 1961–1962", Dodd, Mead & Company, pp. 303-304.
  2. ^ The New York Times, June 24, 1961
  3. ^ Mantle, Burns, Editor, "The Best Plays of 1962–1963", Dodd, Mead & Company, p. 313.