Evita Broadway poster
"…Years before the epic Star Wars juggernaut engulfed the global box office in the sweet ‘70s like a ravenous black hole, ambitious artists in all realms were cooking up exotic experiments to capitalize on fans’ rabid obsession with science fiction fantasy. One of the most intriguing of these experiments involved the inimitable Neal Adams , iconic Batman conjurer and DC comics royalty, who delved deep into theatrical waters with a connection to a crazy-cool, comic-inspired production called Warp!.."
“…Warp was a science fiction adventure play in three parts,” Adams explained with a bemused grin, drifting back to a time when his legendary sideburns procured their own corner office. “Which meant you had to go to the theater three straight nights. It played in 1971 in Chicago in a very small theater, directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Lenny Kleinfeld who listed his credit as Bury St. Edmund…”
"…Warp! delivered the fantastic tale of a mild-mannered bank teller who learns his destiny as the avenging Lord Cumulus is linked to the mystical world of Fen-Ra and a death-battle against the evil insect sorceress, Valaria. The play’s stunningly bizarre costumes and ambitious sets struck a nerve with comic book fanatics and drug-addled youth anxious for a far-out escape from reality…”
Via Bleeding Cool
Elaine Stritch singing “The Ladies Who Lunch” in Company, 1970.
Andrew Lloyd Webber dancing to the Cantina song from Star Wars
From Comedy Bang Bang Live Tour: Detroit
‘…there’s something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they’re educated. They go in ready and they’re up for it, they’re up for the party. It’s a whole different atmosphere.’
∟ Hugh Jackman
The Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s The Lion King
Mufasa :: Sarabi :: Young Nala and Simba :: Simba :: Nala:: Rafiki :: Pumba and Timon :: Zazu :: Scar :: The Hyenas (Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai)
This was one of the most amazingly costumed Broadway shows I’ve ever seen.
No but seriously if you haven’t actually seen the Broadway production of this you are missing out big time and you should probably make it a priority to see it before you die. The costumes and make-up are so amazingly done that you don’t even realize that there are human beings animating these characters. The music is absolutely gorgeous. And I mean there’s freaking people walking on all fours on stilts to animate giraffes! It’s incredible and these people are so talented and I absolutely intend on seeing it at least one more time in my life.
Top Banana was a musical with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and book by Hy Kraft which premiered on Broadway in 1951. The show was written as a star vehicle for comedian Phil Silvers, “who played a TV comedy star – think Milton Berle – who tries to impress a girl while regaining his former television clout.” Silvers won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1952.
A film version was made in Los Angeles after a national tour and released by United Artists in 1954. It stars most of the original cast, , include Rose Marie, Jack Albertson, Judy Lynn and Joey Faye. It is also notable for being originally shot in 3-D, but was released “flat”.
Phil Silvers went on to star in television’s You’ll Never Get Rich, also known as Sgt. Bilko and The Phil Silvers Show (CBS, 1955-1959). The series was created and largely written by Nat Hiken, and won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series.
Sherri “Peaches” Brewer And Caryl Hinchee
Picketing Broadway Theater Strike (1968)
“JUN 19 1968 Pickets In Broadway Theater Strike — Sign-carrying showgirls picketing in New York’s Shubert Alley between West 44th and 45th streets today, walk past posters of some Broadway shows affected by strike of Actors Equity. At left is Sherri “Peaches” Brewer who plays in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway. At right is Caryl Hinchee who is in the musical’s road show company in Lambertville, N.J. 1968 Credit: AP Wirephoto”
Wire Photo (JUN 18th 1968)
Vintage Poster - Sugar Hill
with grateful thanks to operaqueen:
Mary Martin in the Broadway musical Peter Pan, 1954