re: NEW INTERVIEW WITH JIM WALTON
Last Edit: WaymanWong 11:15 pm EST 11/28/23
Posted by: WaymanWong 11:07 pm EST 11/28/23
In reply to: re: NEW INTERVIEW WITH JIM WALTON - PlayWiz 05:20 pm EST 11/28/23

As the celebrated radio host Paul Harvey used to say: ''In a moment ... now the rest of the story.''

Jim Walton wasn't James Weissenbach's understudy as Frank; David Cady was. Walton says Hal Prince told him he was happy with Weissenbach's work, but the producing team wanted to see someone else as Frank, so Prince was going to offer Walton two performances to try out the role. Walton was thrilled at the opportunity, but it also was awkward. While Walton was learning the role of Frank during those 4 days, he was still performing the role of Jerome opposite Weissenbach at night. And Weissenbach knew Walton was trying out for his role. Imagine how stressful that must've been for both of them. Even after ''Merrily'' closed, Walton said in another interview, that he still had dreams about running into Weissenbach.

Anyway, if Walton didn't work out as Frank, he would've gone back to playing Jerome. Maybe Weissenbach would've continued as Frank. Happily, for Walton, it worked out in his favor!.
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