Hello from Milwaukee! I just posted 82 new production photographs of Broadway stars performing at Melody Top Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click on the link in this message, and you will see pictures of these stars: Jo Anne Worley in HELLO, DOLLY! and ANYTHING GOES Arte Johnson in FINIAN'S RAINBOW and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Holland Taylor in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Robert Mandan in CHICAGO Anne Jeffreys in FOLLIES and HIGH BUTTON SHOES Leonard Nimoy in THE KING & I and MY FAIR LADY Van Johnson and Harvey Evans in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Nancy Dussault as PETER PAN Irene Cara in THE WIZ Rita Moreno and Tab Hunter in BELLS ARE RINGING Plus plenty of other shows starring Nanette Fabray, Dorothy Collins, Karen Morrow, Gretchen Wyler, Ann Blyth, Jane Powell, Ed Ames, Giorgio Tozzi, Margaret Whiting, George Chakiris, Orson Bean, Johnny Desmond, Mimi Hines and Peter Palmer! I also posted a wonderful story about an apprentice who helped Betty White with her pre-performance jitters during a run of SOUTH PACIFIC in 1965. I hope all of you enjoy seeing these rare, historical images! By the way, the color picture in this message is from ONCE UPON A MATTRESS in 1974.Memories of Melody Top Production Pictures Page
Not too many "stars" tour in summer stock. Sometimes a performer with TV credits will do a production or two over the summer, but the "star" system is almost gone in stock theatres. Peninsula Players, in Door County, Wisconsin, is going to celebrate its 75th anniversary this summer. It is one of the last remaining summer stock venues in the country. Please check out the website; I put a link in this message.Peninsula Players
Hey! I just added some new items to my "Memories of Melody Top" website: a bunch of autographed programs and magazines (playbills). Click on the link in this message, and you will see the signatures of Martha Raye, Betty Hutton, Rita Moreno, James Darren, Orson Bean, Stubby Kaye, George Chakiris and Karen Morrow. I want to thank everyone who visited my site since February 13. You have helped me generate a lot of interest in summer stock, its stars and its unique place in American culture and entertainment.Memories of Melody Top (Autographed Items)
Feature: Musical Histories of THE WIZ LIVE!'s Native Ozians, Queen Latifah, Common, Stephanie Mills
TV/MOVIES - VIDEO: Go Behind-the-Scenes with THE WIZ LIVE! Cast; Plus Sneak Peek!
ART - Lori Bookstein Fine Art Announces New Solo Exhibition of Susannah Phillips
FITNESS - Blog: Mark Fisher- Who Is This Guy??
MUSIC - VIDEO: Jennifer Nettles Performs New Single 'Unlove You' on TONIGHT
CLASSICAL - Classical Pianist Katya Grineva to Perform Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall, 12/26
OPERA - STAGE TUBE: Theresa Lam Talks How She Found Her Voice in Cantonese Opera
DANCE - Review: Joffrey's Magical, Classic THE NUTCRACKER A Treat for Young and Old