Bells Are Ringing is a stage musical first mounted in 1956. It has lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. In a farcical style, it tells the story of Ella Peterson, an answering service operator, and her efforts to meet her clients and help them fulfill their dreams, all the while trying to conceal her identity so as not to lose her job.
1956 Broadway production
The show opened at the Shubert Theatre on November 29, 1956 and ran for 924 performances. It was directed by Jerome Robbins with choreography by Robbins and Bob Fosse.
1957 London production
The show opened at the Coliseum on November 14. 1957 and ran for 292 performances.
1960 MGM film musical
see Bells Are Ringing (film)
2001 Broadway revival
In 2001, Bells Are Ringing returned to Broadway in a revival starring Faith Prince, Marc Kudisch, David Garrison, Beth Fowler and Martin Moran at the Plymouth Theatre. The production was directed by Tina Landau and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun. It played a total of 36 previews and 68 performances, shuttering on June 10, 2001. The production was marred by constant bad press, including an article published in the New York Times on June 13, 2001, "The Checks Are Bouncing At 'Bells Are Ringing'" by Jesse McKinley.