Plays Directory : Butterflies are Free

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Leonard Gershe
  • Written
  • Overview
    Loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, the plot revolves around a Manhattan blind man whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. The title was inspired by a passage in Charles Dickens' Bleak House: "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies."

    After twelve previews, the Broadway production, directed by Milton Katselas, opened on October 21, 1969 at the Booth Theatre, where it ran for 1128 performances. The cast included Keir Dullea, Blythe Danner, and Eileen Heckart, who later in the run were replaced by Gloria Swanson and David Huffman. Stephen Schwartz composed the title song.

    Gershe, Katselas, and Heckart reunited for the 1972 screen adaptation (set in San Francisco) with Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn. Heckart won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Albert received a Golden Globe as Most Promising Male Newcomer.

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3 known characters

Connected mandy members:

Maisie Young
Maisie Young
2019, Jill Tanner
Manor Pavilion Sidmouth
Alex Călin
Alex Călin
2019, Don Baker
Hilary Harwood
2019, Mrs Baker
Manor Pavilion Sidmouth
Lillie Prowse
2018, Lead female - Jill Tanner
The Abbey Theatre
Matt Hughes-Short
2018, Don Baker
Abbey Theatre, St Albans
Dan Mosele
Dan Mosele
2017, Don
Actors Temple
Brooke Cables
2017, Jill/Lead
Billy Reynolds
2016, Don Baker
Riverside Arts Centre
Richard Zetterberg
2015, Don
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Stephen Oliver
2015, Director
St James Cavalier, Malta
Dana Mazziotta
2015, Jill
Tilde Jensen
Tilde Jensen
2015, Jill Tanner
Jordan Galloway
2013, Don Baker
Nickel Studio
Sasha Gardner
2012, Jill
Alan Burgon
Alan Burgon
2011, Danny
Jane Bland
Jane Bland
Set Designer
2010, Costume Designer
Vienna's English Theatre
Annie Lovett
Annie Lovett
2008, Jill Tanner
The Carriageworks
Kim Dembrosky
Kim Dembrosky
Makeup Artist
2008, Actress, Lead role, set design, makeup design
Michael Brolin
2008, Don Baker (Lead)
Jaleelah Galbraith
2006, Mrs Baker
Main theatre