Laurette Taylor GLASS MENAGERIE recording?

Almira
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best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Fascinating!

I would love to hear these recordings, especially Menagerie.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Hmmmm. Lemmee see what I can dig up on this!
allofmylife
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Ah, the Lost Arks of the theatre.

I'd still love to see the footage of "Fred Astaire" in Gay Divorce. There's other stuff out there.

Think I'll fire up my 16mm copy of the full performance of Mary Martin in "South Pacific...."
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Ed_Mottershead
Broadway Legend
joined:10/20/05
This is astounding news to me. All my life, I've heard about Laurette Taylor in The Glass Menagerie and think it's unconscionable that this recoring has never been made available to the public. To know that something actually exists sends chills up my spine. I don't have the wherewithal to hop a plane to Austin but God what I'd give to hear this.
BroadwayEd
Michael Bennett
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I agree Ed. This is probably the most legendary performance of the golden age of Broadway that we all believed was never in any way recorded.
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
One can well imagine should it be made public how much curmudgeons everywhere will revel to venemously spout "this is what they were raving about! I just don't get it!"
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Ok, I have some phone calls in regarding this and will let you guys know what I find out.
HistoryBoy2
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Where's RC when you need him?!
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
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HistoryBoy, that made me LOL for realz.
Ed_Mottershead
Broadway Legend
joined:10/20/05
Thanks Jordan. A lot of theatre folk will be eternally grateful to you if you can come up with something.
BroadwayEd
JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
And here I never even knew Taylor Lautner had ever appeared in Glass menagerie.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
My pleasure, Ed. Might take me a little while to figure it all out (a few things sound a bit fishy from that article) but hopefully I can get some answers.
husk_charmer
Broadway Legend
joined:10/19/06
Hmm...I think I may still know some people down that way who might be able to at least confirm...or I could just drive the 3 hours...
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sbflyfan
Broadway Star
joined:4/12/07
I hope for goodness sakes they have them preserved in another format than 78rpm vinyl!!!

If I lived in Texas I'd show up with my USB turntable and offer to digitize them for the library....

hehe....


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Someday
Stand-by
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Did any of you ever get to hear this recording? Just heard about it, and of course, I'm fascinated.
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cknick
Understudy
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The idea of this give me chills! I'm getting ready to read Laurette's biography by her daughter, Marguerite Courtney, which comes highly recommended by Cherry Jones. Hopefully we can all hear Taylor someday!!
Roscoe
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joined:5/15/03
Weren't there some clips of these played in one or the other of the Broadway documentaries that came out a few years back? I seem to remember a montage of photos of Laurette Taylor performing that phone call scene -- "Horrors!"
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sbflyfan
Broadway Star
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^ The montage of photos you're referring to was shown in "Broadway: The Golden Age." No clips of Taylor are used except the clip of her Hollywood screen test.
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StageStruckLad
Featured Actor
joined:3/13/13
This reminds me that a few years ago I read a book about STREETCAR (can't remember the title) that mentioned there were recordings of Jessica Tandy doing Blanche. I would love to hear those as well.
EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
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StageStruck, that's much easier to find. This performance of excerpts from Streetcar (cleaned up for radio, unfortunately a bit) with Tandy and Brando was apparently aired as part of a radio broadcast of the Drama Desk Awards--however, though it doesn't say it here, I've read they were done as a tribute thing a few years after the show opened--maybe around 1950. It's great to hear, after reading so much about it, Jessica's Blanche which focuses more on the school marm aspect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmpjP-ZKDvg
darquegk
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My high school English teacher, an eccentric, somewhat flamboyant figure who was beloved by the school but kept on a rather short leash (imagine if Auntie Mame was teaching Honors English) played our class an audio recording, apparently an LP rip, of what he claimed was the original cast recorded in the studio. I wasn't a bootleg trader or Broadway collector at that point or I would have tried to make a copy.

What I remember most was that- and I don't know if this was his doing or came on the tape- the recording ended with a bizarre "Glass Menagerie Megamix" of clips taken out of context, remixed, looped and rearranged to humorous and sometimes politically incorrect effect.
EricMontreal22
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Bizarre--but I wanna hear it. Obviously, if it was most of the play, it wasn't the original cast since they never even did the play on radio... (and the film with the "uplifting" ending of the approaching new Gentleman Caller was a big old flop) The only full recording of a Williams play by its stage cast I know of and own a copy is a pretty good recording of the 1966 revival cast of The Rose Tattoo. It's well done (that was the period play "cast albums" were briefly being made by major labels--like the original cast of Virginia Woolfe and, I believe, Luv though I've never tracked down the latter.) And of course it's of most interest because Maureen Stapleton played Serafina, the role she originated on stage 15 years earlier (and honestly, though I've heard she always played older on stage, she's probably was more age appropriate to the role in 1966, since she was 26 in the first productios.) Harry Guardino plays Alvaro.
StageStruckLad
Featured Actor
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Very cool to hear the STREETCAR gang. Thanks so much, Eric! It's fun to hear how different Brando, Stanley and Malden sound than in the movie (more muted perhaps for the radio show because they were performing right in front of microphones). Tandy sounds a bit stilted to my ears, but maybe that's because I'm so used to Leigh's more sensual performance. Tandy does indeed sound like a school marm.
Gothampc
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joined:5/20/03
I recently read the book "Summer At Tiffany" and the author talks about seeing Laurette Taylor and saying she was funny and sad at the same time.

It seems from all accounts I've heard that Ms. Taylor was able to mix the comic aspects of Tennessee Williams along with the desperation and grinding poverty.
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logan2
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I knew there had to be a reason destiny brought me back to Texas! I was planning a trip to Austin to visit friends in the near future anyway - but now my main goal will be to descend upon the Harry Ransom Center at UT (Hook'em Horns!). To finally hear a semblance of what has become legend is tantalizing to me. I wonder if I will be left alone long enough to make a surreptitious recording? Thank God for these newfangled phone doohikeys.

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