An American Millionaire by Murray Schisgal

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“An American Millionaire”


by Murray Schisgal

The hero is the millionaire co-owner of a textile plant who seems to have all that one could wish for—but who finds himself thoroughly miserable. As things have gone from bad to worse his wife (whom he loves) has left him; he is overweight but can’t stop eating; his partner has just about given up on him; and, to cap it all, someone is apparently trying to kill him. In an attempt to set matters straight his brilliant law student daughter enlists the aid of her professor (and lover of five years), whereupon the action becomes even more pell-mell, and even funnier—leading on to a quite unexpected yet characteristically zany resolution.

Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version
Apr 20, 1974 – May 5, 1974
Play / Original
Circle in the Square Theatre, NY, USA


Opening Night Cast


Joseph Bova Jake Jackson
Bob Dishy Arnold Brody
Austin Pendleton Professer Bobby Rudetsky
Paul Sorvino Nathaniel Schwab
Linda Eskenas Debbie Schwab
Lee Lawson Jennifer Schwab
Joshua Mostel Messenger


Opening Night Production Crew


Produced by Circle in the Square (Theodore Mann: Artistic Director; Paul Libin: Managing Director)


Written by Murray Schisgal


Directed by Gerald Freedman


Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Hair Design by Roberto Fernandez; Assistant to Mr. Schmidt: John Beatty; Production Assistant for Mr. Schmidt: Maxine Klein; Associate to Mr. Aronstein: Lawrence Metzler


Company Manager: William Conn


Production Stage Manager: Randall Brooks


General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Assistant to Mr. Freedman: Bolen High; Production Associate: E.J. Oshins; Production Assistant: Meri Krassner, Johnny Clontz, Sue Kesselman and Vincent Sorrentino; Advertising: Don Josephson and Blaine-Thompson


Critical Reception


A madcap, hilarious comedy, produced by New York’s renowned Circle in the Square company, which offers a wildly farcical view of contemporary society and its mores. “…I laughed, and I laughed quite a lot.” —NY Times. “…Mr. Schisgal is a master of comic line, situation and character.” —NY Post. “…takes a light-hearted view of modern America.” —Variety.


External Links


An American Millionaire @ IBDB