Forgotten Broadway: Five Tony-Winning Showstoppers You’ve Probably Never Seen



“Poor Little Person” from Henry, Sweet Henry (1967)

Based on the 1964 film The World of Henry Orient, this tuneful comedy with music and lyrics by Bob Merrill (Funny Girl) flopped after a mere 80 performances. It got only two Tony nominations—for Michael Bennett’s choreography and Alice Playten as a featured actress. Neither won, so it technically shouldn’t be on this list, I know. But once you watch Bennett and Playten’s heavenly talents shining brighter than the marquees along 44th Street, you’ll readily agree that this sassy and sarcastic schoolgirl showstopper deserves an honorable mention.