Saturday, March 11, 2017

More Nuts Than Brazil.

 I think I picked a good week to play 
Finally back online after an upstate wind storm,
cyclon-ic in propertions
(and let me tell you, Oz IS a beautiful place!)
and to celebrate,
here's one of my favorite photos of
Imogene Coca.
Below, IC as Mrs. Leticia (REPENT!) Primrose,
in On The Twentieth Century.
Imogene was 70 when she jumped back on Broadway
to play the lunatic "in Drawing Room A".
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

 Recognize Dody (Dolores) Goodman?
Me neither!
But even though the dress is wearing HER,
that's Dody...and below, a more recognizable version
in Grease 2 with Eve Arden.
We'll hear Dody singing her showstopper from Shoe String Revue,
"Someone Is Sending Me Flowers",
a Sheldon Harnick/David Baker creation.

 Kenneth Mars
at the recording session for the 1962 revival of
Anything Goes!
Kenneth played Sir Evelyn Oakley in that production
and we'll hear him do "Let's Misbehave"
with Eileen Rodgers.
Below, the other side of Kenneth...
in The Producers with Zero and Gene.

Orson Bean
(born Dallas Frederick Burrows)
got his start in radio,
then Broadway (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)
and television game shows (To Tell The Truth).
His father, George Burrows, was one of the founders of the ACLU.

 Orson and Phyllis Newman (his beloved, DRESSED, Martha)
in Subways Are For Sleeping.
Orson received a Tony nomination for this role, 
back in 1961.
 And he's still going strong at the age of 88. :)

Had to include this line up of To Tell The Truth stars:
Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Bud Collyer, Bess Myerson, Henry Morgan,
Betsy Palmer and Orson.
(How come I knew everyone here except Bud?
Did I grow up with TV or what?)

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