10 Facts About “Summer and Smoke” by Tennessee Williams

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Geraldine Page backstage during the off-Broadway run of “Summer and Smoke”

1.  The play was originally produced on Broadway in 1948, where it had a disappointing run of 102 performances.  (Hey, that’s 102 more performances than anything I’ve ever written!)

2.  The play was more successful in a 1952 off-Broadway production which ran more than 350 performances; this production is often credited with starting the modern off-Broadway movement.  (For which I say, “Thank you very much.”) More


10 Facts About “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”


1.  It was written – or almost written – by Charles Dickens.  (The book was left uncompleted at the time of Dickens’ death.)

2.  Because it was unfinished, it’s not known who killed the title character – or, indeed, even if the title character has been killed or has merely disappeared.  (Whatever the case, he’s actually a pretty annoying guy.) More

10 Facts About the Musical “Cabaret”


1.  The original Broadway production had its opening on November 20, 1966.  (Happy anniversary, y’know.)

Jill Haworth as Sally in the original Broadway production of “Cabaret”

2.  The original Broadway production ran an impressive 1,165 performances, but the 1998 revival ran an even-more-impressive 2,377. More

10 Facts About Mike Nichols


1.  Mike Nichols was born November 6, 1931 in Berlin.  (Happy b-day!)

2.  He became part of the Compass Players (a predecessor of Second City) in 1955, joining Elaine May, Paul Sills, Shelly Berman and Del Close in the endeavor.  Nichols & May launched as a comedy due in 1958. More

10 Facts About Frank “Guys and Dolls” Loesser


1.  Originally “just” a lyricist, Loesser branched out into composing as well during the War years (World War II war years, that is.)  (I should be so lucky to “just” such a lyricist!)

2.  He is credited with writing music and/or lyrics for over 700 published songs.  (Don’t you hate over-achievers?) More

10 Facts About “The Rocky Horror Show”


1.  This was the stage musical that inspired (?) the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  (Antici….)

2.  It premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973 and played 2,960 performances in its original run.  (…pation!) More

10 Facts About the Cult Musical “The Golden Apple”



Bibi Osterwald as a comically seductive siren from “Goona-Goona Lagoon”

1.  This New York Drama Critcs Award-winning musical opened on Broadway on April 20, 1954 and ran a disappointing 125 performances.

2.  The Golden Apple is a re-telling of The Iliad and The Odyssey re-set in Washington state just after the Spanish-American War. More

10 Facts About “Fiddler on the Roof”


1.  The original production opened on Broadway on September 22, 1964.  (Happy anniversary, Tevye and Golde!)

2.  Fiddler on the Roof became the first Broadway musical to run 3,000 performances, finally closed with a total of 3,242 performances.  The West End production ran 2,030 performances.