I always recognized the great moments of B’way show when the hair on the back of my head would stand up like a cat’s ….and it happened often (e.g. the last act of “ANASTASIA” when she /Viveca Lindfors is on her knees pleading with her grandmother (Eugenia Leontovich) to recognize her. I would feel that hushed silence in seeing the LUNTS (twice: “The Visit” and “The Great Sebastians”) or Kathryn Cornell (twice: “Dear Liar” with Brian Ahern where they played Geo. Bernard Shaw and Mrs.Patrick Campbell: his original Eliza Doolitle and their letters exchanged and “The Dark is Light Enough” with Tyrone Power)
Nothing was greater enjoyment for me – I had to settle for films later in life because they were cheaper and easier to see but my heart always belonged to live stage performances. I marveled at the one man shows: Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst”; Hal as Mark Twain; Lena Horne’s solo show; Bette Midler’s bizarre,wild shows; Judy Garland (twice), Danny Kaye (with his finale sitting on the edge of the stage and singing the songs from “Hans Christian Anderson” which had just opened nearbye. Victor Borge (priceless) and Bea Lillie one of my old time favorites.
NEXT: my great B’way MUSICALS