Saturday, July 2, 2011


On Wednesday I took my gang to see The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (Brooke Shields , Brad Oscar were great, Roger Rees could be stronger, and the rest of the cast sung through their noses - ugh.)

After the show we wandered over to the Schoenfeld Theatre to visit some friends. As we waited inside stage door, I noticed some framed historical documents dating back to 1927. Two were from the show  Burlesque , produced by Arthur Hopkins who had a long string of shows on the boards during the first half of last century. Burlesque ran at the Plymouth Theater (now Schoenfeld Theater, in honor of Gerald Schoenfeld) from September 1927 to July 1928 - a healthy run in spite of competing with the original hit production of Showboat (Oscar Hammerstein II) that opened December 1927.

The documents on the wall were the title page and the salary list for the show. Shown as lead actress is Barbara Stanwyck, a 20 years old fresh face, earning a respectable $300/week, who a year later would head off to Hollywood to make movie history.

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