It was 25 years ago today that the show opened at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. It starred George Rose, Cleo Laine, Patti Cohenour, Howard McGillin and Betty Buckley in the title role. Though it ran over a year and won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it was not really considered a hit, as it was soon dwarfed by the next wave of British mega-musicals, namely Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Song and dance comedies were out, sweeping and epically produced operas were the new vogue for Broadway.
Part I: The Show
Part II: The Creative Team
Part III: The Supporting Cast
Part IV: The Principal Cast
But, until that time has come, and eventually it will... here are some video clips to remember the original by:
The TV Commercial
The 1986 Tony Awards - "There You Are" and "Don't Quit While You're Ahead"
The Music Video - A Pop version of "Don't Quit While You're Ahead"
And footage from the actual production - including the most incredible held notes in any show ever - "The Writing on the Wall" (For my buddy, T.)
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