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Hazel Flagg: A Curiosity

Friday, March 20th, 2015
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Hazel Flagg (1953) is based on 1937’s charming, screwball comedy film Nothing Sacred starring Carole Lombard. Ben Hecht wrote both the screenplay and book for

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Whoopee! (Eddie Cantor’s Hit Show) –
A Chestnut with Four Songs

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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The 1928 musical comedy Whoopee, a hit for Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting,  has as flimsy a plot as many shows of the time. It

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Mel Miller: Impresario and Fan

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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At one point or another, Mel Miller’s overstuffed, home closets contained: five sets of goose feather wings with halters (necessary because of their weight), a

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The Girl Who Came to Supper - Long But Often Winning

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Most of you are likely familiar with this light romance from the movies’ 1957 adaptation, The Prince and The Showgirl with Laurence Olivier and Marilyn

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Carnival!-Charming

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
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The charm of this 1961 Broadway musical rises to the surface with Musicals Tonight’s low tech, few frills production. Both story and score hold up.

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Little Mary Sunshine – Shines

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
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Acting like The Little Engine That Could, Little Mary Sunshine ran 1143 performances Off Off Broadway in 1959 while such as The Sound of Music,

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Leave It to Jane – Confection

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
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When Leave It to Jane opened in 1917, popular songs of the day included “Me and My Gal” and “Darktown Strutter’s Ball”;  Chaplin, and Fairbanks

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Same Time, Next Year – The Musical

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
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When George (Peter Davenport) sends a steak to a perfect stranger “they didn’t have drinks” at the restaurant of a California inn, he sets in

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