Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Julie and Victoria and Leslie, Oh My!

Our "Poor Butterfly",
Julie Andrews looking "Thoroughly Modern" 
as Millie Dillmount.  
The NYTimes critic, Bosley Crowther, wrote of the film:
 "Julie knows how to hit the right expressions of 
maidenly surprise and dismay, 
the right taps in a flow of nimble dances, 
and the right notes in a flood of icky songs."
Well, those icky songs were half 1920s standards,
half the work of  Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Kahn,
and Jay Thompson.
Incidental music by Elmer Bernstein,
arrangements by Andre Previn.
Can I name drop more? 
 John Gavin as Millie's boss,
Trevor Graydon III.
This looks "Poor Butterfly"-ish...
"and John, two dozen roses", on the fat side!

 The word is FETCHING!
Below, the wonderful triumvirate of the movie,
Mary Tyler Moore, Julie, and Carol Channing.

 Victoria Clark
(of The Light In The Piazza, for which she won a Tony,
Follies, How To Succeed, Guys And name it!)
pictured here in Sondheim! The Birthday Concert of 2010,
singing "Don't Laugh",
from the Flop (note capital F)
Hot Spot,
with music (mostly) by Mary Rodgers and Martin Charnin.
Sondheim contributed additional tunes, like this one.
It starred (drum roll) Judy Holliday.
I need to find this!!!

 Last year, Victoria starred in the Toronto production of "Sousatska",
slated to arrive on Broadway...when?
 Above, the "birthday party" guests
at Stephen's celebration.
We should all rate "parties" like this!
Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie,
Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, George Hearn,
Audra McDonald, Michael Cerveris, Donna Murphy,
Nathan Gunn and Victoria!
Not pictured, Elaine Stritch, Laura Osnes, and Laura Benanti,
just to name a few.

 From The Robber Bridegroom
(the revival of 2016, done at the Roundabout Theatre)
Leslie Kritzer, above and center below.
Leslie played the part of Salome,
and we'll hear her "Pricklepear Bloom" from this show.

Steven Pasquale (who played the lead in
The Bridges Of Madison County!)
 as Jamie Lockhart,

Below, Leslie with Rob McClure in Something Rotten!
Rob was in Honeymoon in Vegas prior
to replacing Bryan d'Arcy James in this show,
and Leslie replaced Heidi Blickenstaff.

 ...and in Guys And Dolls 
                                                        as Adelaide.

 The cast at curtain call...
and in rehearsal.
The Robber Bridegroom
began workshopping in the early 1970s,
when Raul Julia starred.
 A later production had Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone as the leads,
and Patti remained for the Broadway opening in 1975.
It played AGAIN on Broadway in 1976 (a revival? just one year later?);
Barry Bostwick played Robber Jamie Lockhart 
in that reincarnation,
and won a Tony for his efforts.

Ahna O'Reilly as Rosamund 
and Steven Pasquale as Jamie.
We'll hear them in
"Rosamund's Dream"
and "Love Stolen (from the cookie jar)."

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