The show was first presented at Cafe LaMama as a non-musical play. Songs were added by Schwartz  and it then opened as a musical at the Cherry Lane Theatre on May 17, 1971, transferred to the Promenade Theatre three months later,  and closed on June 13, 1976, after 2124 performances. Directed by Tebelak, the original cast included Lamar Alford, Peggy Gordon, David Haskell , Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Sonia Manzano , Gilmer McCormick , Jeffrey Mylett , Stephen Nathan, and Herb Simon.  The band consisted of Jesse Cutler on guitar and bass, Richard La Bonte on bass, Stephen Reinhardt on keyboards, and Ricky Shutter on drums and percussion. In late 1971, La Bonte was replaced by bassist, Steve Manes.