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The Apple Tree is a series of three musical playlets with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Bock and Harnick with contributions from Jerome Coopersmith. Each act has its own storyline, but all three are tied together by common musical themes and references.
The Apple Tree's first act is based on Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve. The second act is based on Frank R. Stockton's The Lady or the Tiger?. The third act, based on Jules Feiffer's Passionella, includes notable songs such as "Oh, to Be a Movie Star."
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The Apple Tree opened on October 18, 1966, at the Shubert Theatre in New York, and ran for 463 performances, closing on November 25, 1967. It was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Barbara Harris, Alan Alda, and Larry Blyden. Harris won that season's Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances. In addition to Harris' awards, The Apple Tree received several other major Tony nominations: Alda for Best Actor in a Musical; Bock and Harnick for Best Composer and Lyricist; Nichols for Best Direction of a Musical; Lee Theodore for Best Choreography; and The Apple Tree itself for Best Musical.
The Roundabout Theatre Company, one of New York's largest not-for-profit theatre companies, is currently staging a revival of The Apple Tree. Kristin Chenoweth is reprising Harris' role.