Saturday, May 28, 2016

Robert on Random

 Born on May 18th, 1931,
in Newton, Mass.
In and out of schools, til he found his calling,
thanks to a mentor Henry Lasker, a high school drama teacher.
He left for New York, where he joined his brother, Richard,
who was already studying acting.
 With Bonnie Scott, in the 1961 production 
of How To Succeed...
such a 60s set!
7 Tony awards (one for Best Musical
and one for Robert).

 With Tony Perkins,
in the movie The Matchmaker, 1958.
Robert played Barnaby Tucker,
a part later played in Michael Crawford in 
Hello Dolly!

 In the 1959 production of Take Me Along,
with Susan Luckey.
We'll hear "I Would Die."
Susan really knew how to carry off a bow! 

Robert made the cut for the movie version 
of How To Succeed...
as "Ponty" Finch.
Despite its Broadway success,
the movie did not receive any Academy Award nominations at all.

 1972 brought Sugar,
with music by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill...
top with Elaine Joyce, and above with Tony Roberts.
 Reviewers agreed it was 
" a textbook case of a musical born after its time."
Still would have loved to see these 2 cavort!
Robert's comeback role as Bertram Cooper
in Mad Men...2007 to2015.
Creator Mathew Weiner evidently was inspired
by the films A Guide for the Married Man,
and How to Succeed,
both of which Robert starred in.
Casting him was a no brainer.

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