Top Banana

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TOP BANANA is the zany and uproarious story of variety-show host Jerry Biffle, the ratings-obsessed star of the Blendo Soap Program. While courting the department-store model Sally Peters, he introduces her to Cliff Lane, a singer on his show. Cliff and Sally flu in love and plan to get married, but Jerry is oblivious to their romantic involvement.

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  • Brief History
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  • Music and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
    Book by Hy S. Kraft

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book

  • TOP BANANA opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, November 1, 1951 and played for 350 performances starring Phil Silvers as Jerry Biffle. In 1954, the show was made into a movie featuring many of the same cast members as the Broadway production.

    Awards (1952)

    The Tony Award for best actor (Phil Silvers)

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