Saturday, June 17, 2017

Working Stiffs...and Stiffettes!

 Gwen Verdon, Helen Gallagers and Thelma Oliver
in the original Sweet Charity.
"There's Got To Be Something Better Than This."

 Fred Astaire in Damsel In Distress, 1937,
doing some "Nice Work If You Can Get It".

 Robert Morse (with 60s hair)
atop the rest of the cast of 
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
I spot Ruth Kobart, Sammy Smith (seated center),
and Rudy Vallee,
but the rest all look like Love Boat castaways to me.

 Charles Nelson Reilly (the original Bud Frump)
 and Claudette Sutherland
in caffeine withdrawal.
"Coffee Break"
in How to...Without Really Trying!

 Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz
in They're Playing Our Song,
which was the Neil Simon rendition of
songwriting duo Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager's
real life relationship.
I guess I know who played who.
Robert looks pretty good for being 100 years old!!! 

 9 To 5,
the staged version,
with Stephanie Block, Megan Hilty, and Allison Janney.
Called a "gaudy, empty musical" that "piles on the flashy accessories like a pre-recession hedge funder run amok at Barney’s",
it managed to run for 6 months. 


Debra Monk as the producer 
in Curtains,
with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb.
"It's A Business", Bambi...
("I put on The Iceman Cometh, and nobody cameth!")

Ohio University's pretty incredible
set for Working.
Despite only 2 months on Broadway,
Working has been produced by high schools, colleges and community groups
for over 40 years.

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