Saturday, April 14, 2018

Murder and Vice...and lest we forget, Snark!

 It Shoulda Been You,
directed by David Hyde Pierce,
started life in New Jersey back in 2011, 
skipped to Washington in 2012,
and landed at the Brooks Atkinson in 2015...
starring Tyne Daly, Chip Zien, Harriet Harris, et. al.
(Above, Sierra Boggess, Tyne, David Burtka, and Harriet).
135 performances...the critics called it "pleasant."
Below, Tyne and Harriet and "Nice." 

 A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder,
which is becoming a perennial on 2 On The Aisle...
Best Musical Tony back in 2014!
Above, "Why Are All The D'Ysquiths Dying?"
Based on a novel from 1907 called,
"Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,"
by Roy Horniman. 

 Jefferson Mays (above)
in a tour de force performance
as ALLLLL of the members the D'Ysquith Family,
with the exception of Monty, 
who was played by Bryce Pinkham.

 Above, "Stop! Wait! What?"...
one murder that poor Monty did NOT commit!
 Music, Stephen Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman.

 Under the "vice" category is
Bells Are Ringing,
which starred Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin, and...
(below) Eddie Lawrence who played Otto Sandor.
Eddie had "A Simple Little System" 
for betting on the horses.

 Eddie was a monologist with a very popular hit,
"The Old Philosopher" 1956.
He cut his teeth working the Catskill hotel circuit,
and later did comic routines, cartoon voice overs,
some Broadway, and guested on Johnny Carson.
He lived to be almost 100 years old.

 In the movie version of Bells,
Eddie Foy, Jr. played Sandor (above),
and it was HIS "little system" (below).

 Had to include a photo from the great Frank Gorshin/Judy scene
from the movie...
and below, Guy Lomardo getting in on the Bell's Are Ringing "act".

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