Sam, The Highest Jumper of Them All (1960)
Original Production - Theatre Royal, London, England, a four-week run beginning April 4th, 1960.
Set designer - John Bury
Costumes - David Walker
Dance choreographer - Jean Newlove
Music - William Saroyan
Murray Melvin - Sam Hark-Harkalark
Griffith Davies - Ted Owlett
Robert Henderson - Mr. Horniman
Robin Chapman - Poor Man and Psychologist
Claire Isbister - Ann Moon
Jean Conroy - Miss Galway and Social Worker
Rosemary Johnson - Gypsy and Sam's Grandmother
Anthony Booth - Racing Tipster, Bobby, Executed Man, and Worker
Frank Cola - Wally Wailer, Guitar-player, Singer
Michael Forrest - Blind Man, Man with Clock, and Discusser of Gun and Egg-beater
Jan Arnold - Daisy Dimple, Actress
William Sherwood - Father Finnegan, Sam's Grandfather
John Maitland - Inspector Overboard, Scotland Yard
Ori Levy - Captain Datchikvili, USSR
Robert Mill - Ambassador from the Audience to The Play
Rehearsals for Sam, The Highest Jumper of Them All began before Saroyan had even completed writing the play.
Reviews for the play were harsh. United Press International's review opens with "There were times when I felt that I was slowly drowning in a tub of golden syrup."
Variety referred to the play as a "inconsequential muddle."
The play has rarely been revived, notably by the New Theatre in Sydney, Australia, in 1968.