Thursday, March 24, 2016

My Obsession Continues...

 The original cast of Company, 1970,
starring Dean Jones.
Dean replaced Tony Perkins, while the show was still in rehearsal,
but he in turn left soon after the opening,
and was replaced by Larry Kert.
Jones DID, however, hang around long enough to do the cast recording.
(Photo: New York Public Library)

 Bernadette Peters as an aptly named Dot,
in Sunday In The Park With George, 1984,
Sondheim's Pultizer winner.
Despite that prestigious award,
it was snubbed at the Tonys, with most of the wins going
to Jerry Herman's La Cage Aux Folles.
Jerry sniped, "...simple, hummable tunes are still alive on Broadway."

 Pretty Women, from Pacific Overtures, 1976.
"...with music and lyrics as pretty and as well formed as a bonsai tree."

 The Sweeney Todd tribe...the original, 1979,
winner of 8 of the 9 Tonys it was nominated for,
including Best Musical. 

Lonny Price, Jim Walton, and Ann Morrison,
the trio of stars from Merrily We Roll Along, 1981.
Behind them, the still smiling creators
(they wouldn't be for long):
George Furth with a tie! (libretto), and seated
Hal Prince (producer) and Sondheim at the keyboard.

Elaine Stritch,
in Elaine Stritch At Liberty.
Great legs, and great Sondheim stories/renditions.

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