Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Temporarily Out of Commission

My wonderful old Dell Scanner is not compatible with my new Dell laptop.  Therefore I am unable to continue scanning my collection until I get the dough for a new scanner!   Stay tuned many great old playbills to share.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In Praise of Love - 1974, Morosco Theatre, Broadway

Angel in the Wings - 1948, Coronet Theatre, Broadway

Elaine Stritch!

Opening: Dec 11, 1947
Closing: Sep 4, 1948
Total Performances: 308

Anne of the Thousand Days - 1948, Shubert Theatre, Broadway

Rex Harrison and King Henry, Joyce Redman as Anne Boleyn and  Walter Matthau as a servant in his Broadway debut!

Carnival - 1962, Imperial Theatre, Broadway

Jerry Orbach! Kaye Ballard!

First preview: Apr 12, 1961
Opening Night: Apr 13, 1961
Closing: Jan 5, 1963

Total performances: 719

Copper and Brass - 1957, Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway

Nancy Walker!  Only 36 performances!

A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1971, Billy Rose Theatre, Broadway

The Royal Shakespeare Company!  Patrick Stewart! Ben Kingsley! Frances de la Tour!

I Never Sang for My Father - 1968, Longacre Theatre, Broadway

George M! - 1968, Palace Theatre, Broadway

Joel Grey as George M. Cohan! Bernadette Peters as Josie Cohan!

Man of La Mancha - 1971, Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Once Upon a Mattress - 1996, Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway

First Preview: Nov 18, 1996
Opening: Dec 19, 1996
Closing: Jun 1, 1997

Elaine Stritch at Liberty - 2002, Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway

Elaine Stritch! 

First Preview: Feb 6, 2002
Opening: Feb 21, 2002
Closing: May 27, 2002

From Wikipedia: In 2002, her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. In Elaine Stritch at Liberty she shared stories and songs from her life in theatre and observations on her experiences with alcoholism. The D.A. Pennebaker documentary of Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2004) combined rehearsal elements and her stage performance to win several Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in a Variety or Music Program.

Blithe Spirit - 1987, Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway

First Preview: Mar 10, 1987
Opening: Mar 31, 1987
Closing: Jun 28, 1987

From Wikipedia:
After winning an Academy Award in 1986, Page returned to Broadway in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit in the role of the psychic medium Madame Arcati. The production, which also starred Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner and Judith Ivey, was Page's last. Page was again nominated for a Tony Award, for Best Lead Actress in a Play, and was considered to be a favorite to win. However, she did not win, and several days after the awards ceremony she died. The show lasted several weeks more with co-star, actress Patricia Connolly, taking over Page's role.

The King and I - 1996, Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway

Donna Murphy!  Lou Diamond Phillips.
1st Preview - Mar 19, 1996
Opening - Apr 11, 1996
Closing - Feb 22, 1998

1996 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Donna Murphy!
1996 Tony Award for Best Revival
1996 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for Brian Thompson
1996 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Roger Kirk

Faith Prince and Marie Osmond were both replacements for Donna Murphy
as Mrs. Anna.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sweeney Todd - 1980, Uris Theatre, Broadway

George Hearn!
Dorothy Loudon!

Preview: Feb 6, 1979
Opening: Mar 1, 1979
Closing: Jun 29, 1980
Total Previews: 19
Total Performances: 557

The Grass Harp - 1971, Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway

Karen Morrow! Barbara Cook!

Preview: Oct 28, 1971
Opening: Nov 2, 1971
Closing: Nov 6, 1971
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 7

Friday, July 2, 2010

Promises, Promises - 1969, Prince of Wales Theatre, West End

Betty Buckley!
Tony Roberts!

560 performances!

(The London cast was recorded but unfortunately is only available on vinyl at this time.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gypsy - 1998, Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey

One of the best reviewed performances of "Rose" ever. Then Betty Buckley -- yes, here's Rose, a revelatory Rose -- makes the character's classic down-the-aisle entrance, and real good times are no longer here to stay. For she will seize your heart, warm it and then break it. From "When a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Indeed" By ALVIN KLEIN, New York Times, Published: September 20, 1998