re: Five days - December 25-29, 1951
Posted by: AlanScott 07:52 pm EST 02/22/24
In reply to: re: Five days - December 25-29, 1951 - ablankpage 12:13 pm EST 02/21/24

Thanks for jumping in. Now that you say that, I remember it. I did see the show twice, once at the Public from a perfect seat and once on Broadway on closing night from the balcony (although I guess my ticket probably called it rear mezzanine). I went back even though I wasn't wild about the show, but I thought maybe I'd like it more a second time. I had loved Stritch for much of my life, but I wasn't wild about her in later years. I mean, I still love her when she was younger, but the self-aggrandizing and occasional nastiness about people in At Liberty were a real turnoff to me, and then the occasional self-pity, and I felt her song performances were not as strong as they had been in the past so they didn't fully compensate. And I guess I went back because I still recognized her greatness (and certainly still do now). I just wish I'd like the show more.

Yes, she did continue as standby for Merman after Pal Joey opened on Broadway. The great Nancy Andrews was the original standby, with Stritch replacing her during the run.
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