After several other writers and composers considered musicalizing the comic strip, Al Capp finally made a deal in 1955 with the eventual creators for a musical to be financed byParamount Pictures, which wanted to follow the stage version with a film musical. TheBroadwayproduction opened on November 15, 1956 and ran for a moderately successful 693 performances. The score andMichael Kidd's choreography received critical praise, but some critics felt that the book's adaptation lost the spirit of the comic strip. Kidd andEdie Adams, as Daisy Mae, wonTony Awards, while newcomerPeter Palmer, in the title role, won aTheatre World Award. Paramount released afilm version with the same title in 1959, with most of the Broadway cast reprising their roles.