Saturday, November 21, 2015

Whatta we do? We travel!

 No Strings, a successful if unknown musical for which
Richard Rodgers did the music AND lyrics.
A young Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley starred
(socially progressive casting for 1962)!
An expat American writer, and a Parisian model (via New York)
have a no strings traveling romance! 

 The original leads in
Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, his most successful show.
Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang
seem to be opening in Venice...and then it's on to Cremona.

Do I Hear A Waltz? 
was based on The Time Of The Cuckoo AND Summertime
(the latter the movie with Katherine Hepburn).
Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim
didn't exactly get along as a musical team...
Sergio Franchi (the male lead) could sing, not act,
Elizabeth Allen was deemed "cold" and too young for the female lead,
and Rodgers was hiding vodka bottles in the toilet tank.
It's a miracle it opened at all!  :)

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