Saturday, July 1, 2017

What Would You Be, Where Would You Go, And Don't You Dare Blame...ME!

 "Where Would You Be Without Me?"
Cyril Ritchard as Sir and Anthony Newley as Cocky
in The Roar Of The Grease Paint,
The Smell Of The Crowd.
Music was by Newley and Leslie Bricusse,
who were trying to repeat the success they'd had with
Stop The World, I Want To Get Off.
Although it didn't live up to its predecessor's good reviews,
and ticket sales,
it had "The Joker", "On A Wonderful Day Like Today,"
and "Who Can I Turn To?"

 The scary 
"You'll Never Get Away From Me"...
looks even scarier here.
Jack Klugman, the original Herbie, 
presents Ethel Merman with a cow head,
perhaps to say "NOW will you let me go?"
Gypsy, 1944.

 Bob Goulet, age 28,
knew how to make a smash Broadway debut
(and tie a scarf)
in Camelot, 1960.
"C'est Moi" is a must for Sunday's All About Me edition.

 Nancy Andrews and Virginia Martin
playing Old and Young Belle Poitrine (née Schlumpfert) (respectively),
in Little Me.
A year before this production, Virginia originated the role of  Hedy La Rue, The Treasure Girl
(and Rudy Vallee's main squeeze),
in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

 A rare color pic of 
On The Town, the big "reveal"...
Miss Turnstiles, a hootchie kootchie dancer at Coney? 
Say it isn't so!
From VERY left, Cris Alexander, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, 
Nancy Walker,
Sono Asato and John Battles.

 Isabel Bigley and Joan McCracken in
Me And Juliet,
the backstage musical that Richard Rodgers always wanted to write.
Too bad it didn't work.
Isabel would later work with Frank Loesser in Guys and Dolls
(in which he infamously slapped her for not singing loudly enough?)
and Joan who would marry Bob Fosse,
(pre-Gwen) and die much too young.

 Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson
in the London production of 
Me And My Girl.
Originally produced in 1937, 
it got a face lift in the 80s by Stephen Fry and Mike Okrent,
and won over audiences on both sides of the pond.
Emma, alas, didn't make the move to Broadway,
saying "if I have to do one more chorus of the Lambeth Walk..."
Below, Robert (as a wild animal)
and Frank Thornton (aka Captain Peacock)
in the same production.

Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney
in Sugar Babies,
a back-to-vaudeville revue done in 1979.
We'll hear Ann's rendition of
"Don't Blame Me."
Below, the couldn't resist photo of the day:
Ann backstage with Phyllis Diller,
who must have just dropped by.

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