Bob Fosse “Hernandos Hideaway” hand embellished textile, 1954

Possibly production used hand embellished textile, being primarily constructed of a heavy black woven wool material having hand sewn golden metallic sequined letters reading “Hernando’s Hideaway” outlined with corresponding side-by-side bugle beads painted over with a red gloss paint, appears to be nail polish. Considerable amount of surface paint-loss to sequins and beads present, also having fabric corner tears consistent with age and or possible performance use.

“Hernando’s Hideaway” is a tango show tune, largely in Long Metre, from Act II of the musical The Pajama Game, written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, published in 1954. The lyrics describe a dark and secretive nightclub. It was sung in the stage and film versions of the musical by Carol Haney.

Above detail image from the 1954 “Who’s Who in The Cast” original The Pajama Game Broadway program reading in part “Bob Fosse brings to his first job of choreography on Broadway a wealth of experience gained as a performer and as a stager of dances for musicals on the summer circuits.”

The Pajama Game original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and closed on November 24, 1956, after 1,063 performances. It was directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins and featured all original choreography by the then 27 year old Bob Fosse.

“Hernando’s Hideaway” lyrics written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

I know a dark secluded place
A place where no one knows your face
A glass of wine, a fast embrace
It’s called Hernando’s Hideaway, Ole!

And you see are silhouettes
And all you hear are castanets
And no one cares how late it gets
Not at Hernando’s Hideaway, Ole!

At the Golden Fingerbowl or any place you go
You will meet your Uncle Max and everyone you know
But if you’ll go to the spot that I’m thinkin’ of
You will be free to gaze at me and talk of love

Just knock three times and whisper low
That you and I were sent by Joe
Then strike a match and you will know
You’re in Hernando’s Hideaway, Ole!

Just knock three times and whisper low
That you and I were sent by Joe
Then srike a match and you will know
You’re in Hernando’s Hideaway, Ole!