Monday, April 27, 2015


Broadway opening: March 29th, 1981 - Run: 770 performances

Directed by Robert Moore - Book by Peter Stonel - Based on the Screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr. & Michael Kanin - Choreography by Tony Charmoli - Orchestrations by Michael Gibson

Cast: Lauren Bacall (Tess Harding), Harry Guardino (Sam Craig), Marilyn Cooper, Eivind Harum, Roderick Cook, Grace Keagy, Helen Blount, Marian Heraldson, Daren Kelly

The plot: Tess Harding is a famous television personality who trashes the cartoonist profession, that leads to a revenge from the part of a cartoonist, Sam Craig, who decides to create a new comic character inspired by Tess. She is astonished by his attack, but when they meet there’s a common attraction between them and later they became husband and wife. Things don’t work out and they split, but soon they discover they need each other and the two happy reconcile.

Awards: Tony for Best Actress (Lauren Bacall), Featured Actress (Marilyn Cooper), Book and Original Score. Drama Desk for Outstanding Featured Actress (Marilyn Cooper) 

Awards Nominations: Tony for Best Musical and Directo

Tracks: Overture - Woman of the Year - The Poker Game - See You in the Funny Papers - When You're Right; You're Right - Shut Up, Gerald - So Waht Else is New? - One of the Boys - Table Talk - It Isn't Working - I Told You So - I Wrote a Book - Happy in the Morning - Sometimes a Day Goes By - The Grass is Always Greener - We're Gonna Work It Out

Photos by Martha Swope / New York Public Library

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