Mexican Hayride

Original Broadway Production

A Musical Comedy in Two Acts
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields

Tryouts began December 29, 1943 at the Shubert Theatre, Boston

Opened January 28, 1944 at the Winter Garden Theatre, NYC
Ran for 481 performances
Produced by Michael Todd
Entire production staged and lighted by Hassard Short
Book directed by John Kennedy
Opening dance directed by Dan Eckley
"Girls" and "Abracadabra" numbers directed by Lew Kesler
"Good-Will Movement" dance directed by Virginia Johnson and Dan Eckley
Choreography by Paul Haakon
Settings by George Jenkins
Costumes by Mary Grant
Choral Arrangements by William Parson
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, Ted Royal
Musical Direction by Harry Levant


Joe Bascom, an American numbers racket king in Mexico on the run from the FBI, eludes the local authorities (and his wife) by hiding in a hoopskirt, playing flute in a Mariachi band, and selling tortillas as a buck-toothed squaw.  Other characters include female bullfighter Montana, her manager Lombo, David Winthrop of the American Express, and Latin singer Lolita.

Mexican Hayride [sheet music]


Bobby Clark (Joe Bascom, alias Humphrey Fish)
June Havoc (Montana)
George Givot (Lombo Campos)
Wilbur Evans (David Winthrop)
Luba Malina (Dagmar Marshak)
Corinna Mura (Lolita Cantine)
Paul Haakon (Paul)
Eric Roberts (Augustus, Jr.)
Edith Meiser (Eadie Johnson)
Sergio DeKarlo (Miguel Correres)
Bill Callahan (Billy)
Raul & Evy Reyes (Specialty Dancers)
Marta Nita, Eleanor Tennis, Bobby Lane and Claire, and Hermanos Williams Trio

Larry Martin (A. C. Blumenthal), William A. Lee (Mr. Augustus Adamson), Horton Henderson (Picador / 2nd Merchant), Jerry Sylvon (Picador / 4th Merchant), David Leonard (Senor Martinez), Byron Halstead (Henry A. Wallace), Paul Reyes (Jose / 1st Merchant), Lois Bolton (Tillie Leeds), Virginia Edwards (Lydia Toddle), Arthur Gondra (Carol, ex-King of Roumania), Dorothy Durkee (Mme. Lupescu), Alfonso Pedroza (Bolero), Richard Bengali (Chief of Police), Hank Wolff (Lottery Boy), Jeanne Shelby (Mrs. Molly Wincor), Hen Hernandez (3rd Merchant), Bobby Lane (5th Merchant), Claire Anderson (Woman Vendor), Eva Reyes (Lottery Girl), Eleanor Tennis (Eleanor), and Marjory Leach (Lillian)

Scenes and Musical Numbers

    Act One

    • Overture - Orchestra
    Scene 1. The Plaza de Toros, Mexico D.F.
    • "Entrance of Montana" - Principals and Girls and Boys
    • (a) Dance - Girls and Boys
      (b) Dance - Bill Callahan
    Scene 2. A Bedroom of De la Reforma Hotel.
    Scene 3. The Bar at Ciro's
    • "Sing to Me, Guitar" - Lolita and Ensemble with the Hermanos Williams Trio
    • "The Good-Will Movement" - David and Ensemble
      (a) Dance - Marta Nita, Bill Callahan and Girls and Boys
      (b) Reprise - David and Girls
    Scene 4. A Street in the Merced Market.
    • "I Love You" - David
      (a) Dance - Paul and Eleanor
      (b) Reprise: "I Love You" - David
    Scene 5. An Outdoor Corridor of the National Palace
    • "There Must Be Someone for Me" - Montana
    Scene 6. Terrace of the Palace
    • "Carlotta" - Lolita and Ensemble
      (a) Dance - Girls and Boys
    • "Girls" - Humphrey and Girls

    Act Two

    • Entr'acte - Orchestra
    Scene 1. Xochimilco.
    • "What a Crazy Way to Spend Sunday" - Girls and Boys
      (a) Dance - Bobby Lane & Claire
    Scene 2. A Gas Station.
    • "Abracadabra" - Montana and Boys
    • Reprise: "I Love You" - David
    Scene 3. Taxco.
    • Dance - Girls and Boys and Mariachi Players
      (a) Dance - Raul and Eva Reyes
    • "Count Your Blessings" - Montana, Humphrey & Lombo
    Scene 4. Terrace at the Palace at Chepultepec.
    • Toreador Ballet - Paul Haakon and Ensemble
    • Finale - Entire Company

Cut Songs

  • "Hereafter" [dropped during the Boston tryout; sung by Montana and Humphrey in Act One]
  • "It Must Be Fun to Be You" [dropped during the Boston tryout; sung by David, Miguel and Montana in Act One]
  • "Here's a Cheer for Dear Old Ciro's" [dropped during the Boston tryout; sung by Blumentahl and Ensemble]
  • "Tequila" [dropped during the Boston tryout; sung by Lolita]
  • "We're Off for a Hayride in Mexico" [dropped during rehearsals; originally the opening number]
  • "He Certainly Kills the Women" [dropped during rehearsals; intended for Eadie]
  • "A Humble Hollywood Executive" [unused; intended for Eadie]
  • "It's a Big Night" [unused; an Ensemble number]
  • "It's Just Like the Good Old Days" [unused; intended for Montana and Humphrey]
  • "It's Just Yours" [unused; intended for either Humphrey or David]
  • "Octet" [unused; possible Act Two finale; intended for Miguel, Lolita, Montana, David, Dagmar, Eadie, Lombo, and Humphrey]
  • "Put a Sack Over Their Heads" [unused; inteneded for Humphrey]
  • "A Sightseeing Tour" [unused; intended for Lombo and Ensemble]
  • "That's What You Mean to Me" [unused]
  • "I'm Afraid I Love You" [unused]
  • "I'm So Glahd to Meet You" [unused; intended for Montana and Humphrey]

Original Cast Recordings

"Sing to Me, Guitar" / "Carlotta" - Corinna Mura

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Decca 23336]

"I Love You" / "Girls" - Wilbur Evans

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Decca 23337]

"There Must Be Someone for Me" / "Abracadabra" - June Havoc

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Decca 23338]

"Count Your Blessings" - June Havoc / "What a Crazy Way to Spend Sunday" - Chorus

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Decca 23339]

Mexican Hayride- Original Cast Recording

  • 78 RPM [4 discs], 1944 [Decca A-372]
  • LP (10"), 1950 [Decca DL-5232]
  • LP, 1979 [Columbia Special Products X-14878] (includes selections from Texas, Li'l Darlin')

These releases include the eight original cast recordings as listed above

Contemporaneous Recordings

"I Love You" - Bing Crosby

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Decca 18595] Charted April 8, 1944; peaked at #1 for five weeks

"I Love You" - Enric Madriguera and His Orchestra (Bob Lido, vocals)

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Victor 27533] Charted April 8, 1944; peaked at #7

"I Love You" - Jo Stafford

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Capitol 153] Charted April 29, 1944; peaked at #8

"I Love You"- Perry Como

  • 78 RPM, 1944 [Victor 1569] Charted April 29, 1944; peaked at #12

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