Thursday, November 9, 2017

I Can See It! (Can't You?)

 Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson in the 
1985 London production of Me And My Girl.
After an 8 year run in the West End,
it traveled to Broadway,
but Emma didn't travel with it.
She said if she had to do one more chorus of 
"The Lambeth Walk", she'd go crazy!
Below, a recent shot of Robert...
 and Emma!

 The original cast of
The Fantasticks, 1960,
with Jerry Orbach (25 years old at the time)
in the crazy hat, top center.
Rita Gardner played Luisa, Kenneth Nelson (to the right) was Matt.
 This show ran for over 42 years...
and as of 2010, it had supposedly earned its initial investors
240 times their original investments.
Something to be said for simple productions
(a cardboard moon on a string, and a 2 piece "orchestra",
with the harpist doubling on bongos).

 A couple more shots of Mr. Orbach: 
Above: the 1969 Tony Awards,
with James Earl Jones, who won for The Great White Hope,
Julie Harris for Forty Carats,
Angela Lansbury for Dear World,
and Jerry for Promises, Promises.

 Eileen Brennan in Hello, Dolly!
Above at the cast recording, with Charles Nelson Reilly,
and below as our first "musical" Miss Molloy with
"Ribbons Down My Back".

 Today's Miss Molloy,
Kate Baldwin, in her hat shop,
in the current Bette Midler production.
Below, Kate with Gavin Creel
no doubt dripping in "Elegance".

 Art Lund as Joey in The Most Happy Fella, 1956,
with Jo Sullivan who played Rosabella.
Art started out singing with bands,
like that of Benny Goodman and Harry James.
After a hit, "Mam'selle" (1947), 
he found parts on Broadway (Destry Rides Again, Fiorello!)
and in film (The Molly Maguires, Black Caesar).
Below, Art with Robert Weede at the recording of the cast album.
"Joey, Joey, Joey"

 And of course we'll hear 
Leslie Odom Jr.'s version of "Joey",
from his 2016 album,
a fantastic rendition (and more bongos!).
Below, Leslie as Aaron Burr 
in Hamilton. 

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