Thursday, July 19, 2018

TBT: Throwback Thursday: Playbill: MAME 1983

I was looking through my Playbill collection yesterday, and I thought it might be cool to take a look back at some of my favorites as a Throwback Thursday feature. So here's my first one with my very first Broadway Playbill, which will be 35 years old next month! (Please forgive my photography...)

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Hmmm... Not too fancy...

Gershwin Theatre
7 previews, 41 performances (July 20 - August 28, 1983)
Starring Angela Lansbury, Anne Francine, Jane Connell, Willard Waterman and Sab Shimono

Left: Table of Contents - Volume 1?  Prime Rib in NYC for $10.99? 
Beefsteak Charlie's...a blast from the past!
Right: Title Page... Angela Lansbury pre-Murder, She Wrote!

Full Cast List and Scenes and Musical Numbers
Notice a couple of Mame's friends: Merwin Foard and Richard Poole

Left: A feature I really miss in current Playbills
Right: Some real blockbusters on this page, and La Cage aux Folles isn't even
open yet; you could see David Cassidy, David Birney, Dihann Carroll and Geraldine Page!

More stars: Tommy Tune, Twiggy, Frank Langella, Doug Henning, Colleen Dewhurst and Chita Rivera! Not the Passion most of us think about...and Torch Song is coming back!
Note: The Cradle Will Rock starred a post-Evita Patti LuPone!
And some things never change...One Shubert Alley is still going strong!

Angela Lansbury and Anne Francine

First Broadway show. First Broadway Legend. First Broadway flop. What a way to start a life-long passion!

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