Music And Book: Music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Don Walker. Book by William Roos, based on the play The Farmer's Wife, by Eden Phillpotts. Musical and vocal arrangements by Don Walker.
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Produced by James Russo and Michael Ellis in association with Alexander H. Cohen. Directed by Alfred Drake. Scenery and lighting by Ralph Alswang. Costumes by Saul Bolasni. Scenery built by Nolan Brothers and painted by Triangle Studios; costumes executed by Eaves Costume Company.
Premiere: June 13, 1951, National Theatre, New York.
Conductor: Bill Jonson. (Out-of-town preview: April 9, Shubert Theatre, Boston.)
Samuel Rilling, Joe E. Brown (Lloyd Nolan, Boston); Araminta, Billie Worth; Theresa Tapper, Carmen Mathews; and others. Dancers: Gloria Patrice, Peter Conlow, 6 women, 6 men.
TODAY AT YOUR HOUSE, TOMORROW AT MINE (Act I, Scene 1): Gloria Patrice, Peter Conlow, ensemble.
REPRISE: THE WISHBONE SONG (Act I, Scene 3): Patrice, Conlow.
CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER (Act I, Scene 4): Patrice, Conlow, ensemble.
BALLET: JOHNNY AND THE PUCKWUDGIES (Act II, Scene 1): Johnny-Ride-the-Sky, Conlow; Patrice, ensemble.
Note: 37 performances. JOHNNY AND THE PUCKWUDGIES and CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER were the main dance numbers. The latter, a square dance around a gazebo, used the American dance form on which Balanchine later based the ballet Square Dance .