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PANAMA HATTIE is the nickname for the colorful Hattie Maloney, who owns and performs in her own night club in the Panama Canal Zone. She is engaged to a navy officer who has a child from a previous marriage, but Hattie and the child don’t really get along. After many twists and turns, Hattie is praised by the Navy after she thwarts a terrorist attack on the Panama Canal, and she can finally marry her fiancé.
*Music samples courtesy of Decca Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva
1 Prompt Book
25 Prompt Books as Dialogue Material for Cast
1 Piano-Vocal Score (Two Volume Set)
12 Chorus-Vocal Books for Principal Characters
25 Chorus-Vocal Books for Chorus
PANAMA HATTIE opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, October 30, 1940 and played for 501 performances starring Ethel Merman as the title character. The show opened in London’s West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1943 and ran for 308 performances with Bebe Daniels as Hattie.
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