Around the World

Original Broadway Production

Around the World [playbill]

A Musical Extravaganza in Two Acts
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book adapted by Orson Welles from the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days

Tryouts began April 28, 1946 at the Boston Opera House, Boston
May 7, 1946 at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven
May 14, 1946 at the Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia

Opened May 31, 1946 at the Adelphi Theatre, NYC
Closed August 3, 1946
Ran for 75 performances
Produced by Orson Welles as a Mercury Theatre Production
Directed by Orson Welles
Choreography by Nelson Barclift
Costumes by Alvin Colt
Set Design by Robert Davison
Lighting by Peggy Clark
Circus arranged by Barbette
Vocal Arranger - Mitchell Ayres
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, Ted Royal
Musical Direction by Harry Levant


Mr. Phileas Fogg, a bachelor of means and exact habits, bets London's Whist Club that he can travel around the world in eighty days  Accompanied by Pat Passepartout, his Yankee valet, and Missus Aouda, an Indian maiden — and pursued by Detective Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard and Pat's Irish girlfriend Molly — Fogg journeys to Paris, Madrid, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, California, the Rocky Mountains, and New York before returning to London and winning the wager.


Orson Welles (Dick Fix)
Arthur Margetson (Phileas Fogg)
Mary Healy (Missus Aouda)
Julie Warren (Molly Muggins)
Larry Laurence [Enzio Stuarti] ("Pat" Passepartout)
Victoria Cordova (Lola)

Genevieve Sauris (A Lady), Stefan Schnabel (Avery Jevity), Brainerd Duffield (Mr. Benjamin Cruett-Spew, Mr. Oka Saka), Guy Spaull (Mr. Ralph Runcible), Bernard Savage (Sir Charles Mandiboy), Billy Howell (Lord Upditch), Dorothy Bird (Mee-rah-lah), Jackie Cezanne (Lee Toy), and Jack Cassidy

Should I Tell You I Love You [sheet music]

Musical Numbers

    Act One

  • Overture - Orchestra
  • "Look What I Found" - Molly, Pat, Ensemble
  • "There He Goes, Mr. Phileas Fogg" - Phileas, Pat
  • "Mee-Rah-Lah" - Ensemble
  • "Suttee Procession" [instrumental]
  • "Suez Dance" [instrumental]
  • "Sea Chantey" - Ensemble
  • "Should I Tell You I Love You" - Missus Aouda
  • "Pipe Dreaming" - Pat
  • "Oka Saka Circus" [instrumental]
  • Act Two

  • Entr'acte - Orchestra
  • "California Scene Dance" [instrumental]
  • "If You Smile at Me" - Lola (reprised by Molly)
  • "Wherever They Fly the Flag of Old England" - Phileas, Ensemble

Cut Songs

  • "Missus Aouda" [dropped before the New York opening; sung by Alan Reed and Ensemble]
  • "Slave Auction" [unused]
  • "Snagtooth Gertie" [unused]

Original Cast Recordings

"Should I Tell You I Love You" / "Look What I Found" - Larry Laurence with Ray Carter and Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1946 [Real 1195A-B]

"If You Smile at Me" / "Pipe Dreaming" - Larry Laurence with Ray Carter and Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1946 [Real 1195C-D]

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