Saturday, March 18, 2017

...and we'll toast with these "cocktails"!

 David Carradine, Jack Gilford,
David Burns and Zero Mostel
in the original Forum...
 low comedy and farce,
hardly any dances, no costume changes,
Sondheim's first solo show (music and lyrics both!),
and (after they changed the opening number)
a success!

 Lonny Price, Ann Morrison, and Jim Walton
(then and now)
who recently reunited to do a documentary 
on the production of Merrily We Roll Along.
Sondheim's song were called "crushingly beautiful",
the show "a shambles".

 The original Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney...
Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou.
There once was a sweater:
Director Hal Prince, et. al. deemed Mrs. L's costume too CLEAN
for her bug-ridden bakery life,
so the costumier (late of SNL)
dumped a plate of spaghetti on it.
Angela wasn't happy, and after the previews, 
cleaner "dirt" was found.

 Mako, the Reciter,
in Pacific Overtures...
and below, the recording session for the cast album,
with Alvin Ing and Ricardo Tobia singing "There Is No Other Way."

Mandy Patinkin as George Seurat
and Bernadette Peters as Dot
performing "We Do Not Belong Together."
Sunday In The Park With George
scooped a Pulitzer, 
but when it came to Tony night,
Jerry Herman's La Cage scored.

Elaine (no pants) Stritch
enjoying herself in her one-woman show,
Elaine Stritch At Liberty,
which was littered with Sondheim nuggets.
(The lady had taste.)

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