Let’s start the New Year off right with this lost clip from the Golden Age of Television.
In June of 1962 Julie Andrews, already a Broadway legend (The Boy Friend, My Fair Lady, Camelot), and Carol Burnett, fresh from Once Upon a Mattress (1959) and CBS’s The Garry Moore Show, met on the stage of Carnegie Hall in a hilarious revue by Mike Nichols, broadcast on CBS television. The high point of the evening was a ten-minute “History of Musical Comedy” incorporating snatches of 25 show tunes (including “Loverly”). Burnett won her second Emmy Award for the event. A reunion nine and a half years later (December 1971) was broadcast from Philharmonic Hall in Lincoln Center; on this occasion the climactic medley consisted of fragments of 46 songs, all popular in the interim since their Carnegie Hall partnership.
Broadway Worldreports that one of Trump’s many middle america “deplorables” took umbrage (which is a word that he probably wouldn’t understand) at Mike Pence’s “treatment” on Friday at a Broadway performance of the hit musical Hamilton and stood up in the middle of the musical number “Dear Theodosia.” during the Chicago tour production and screamed “We won! You lost! Get over it! F*ck you!”
One Twitter user who attended the show alleges that the audience member also shouted profanities and had an altercation with security before being removed from the auditorium. One Facebook user wrote “At the end, the performers were crying… so was I. They didn’t break characters once. They still sang their hearts out.”
An audience member has exclusively confirmed to Broadway World that the initial disturbance began after the audience member was enraged by the line “immigrants, we get the job done.” The majority of the audience cheered that specific line.
Audience members exited the auditorium to retrieve venue staff to remove the disruptive audience member. Our source confirmed that the altercation lasted for at least two numbers and that there was a struggle with security but “he didn’t throw punches.” The audience member also informed us that venue staff later said the audience member had been intoxicated.
The Trump administration and its supporters, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to the rest of the world for their terrible behavior. The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The Trump supporter was very rude last night to a very good cast. Apologize!
The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell and featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in the Sleeptite Pajama factory, where workers demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the union grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.
The original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and ran for 1,063 performances and was directed by Jerome Robbins and featured choreography by Bob Fosse. The original cast included John Raitt, Janis Paige, Eddie Foy, Jr., Carol Haney, and Stanley Prager.
The film version which was released in 1957 and featured the original stage cast except for Janis Paige, who was replaced by Doris Day. Rumors circulated that paige was replaced by Day because she was “too butch” for the big screen.
Doris Day and Company at the Union Meeting
John Raitt and the fabulous Carol Hainey at Hernando’s Hideaway
The Company Picnic
HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYBODY! “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”