Was it a big scandal when Madeline Kahn left 20th Century?

GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
I agree, Kad. That's what I meant to say above, but I see now my post reads as if I were criticizing whoever chose "Never" for that appearance, rather than acknowledging the fact that none of the songs really work outside of the plot.
Nick Murphy
Chorus Member
joined:3/17/10
It wasn't a big deal. She wasn't very good in the role and there was some talk of replacing her during previews with Tammy Grimes. When she left the big story was Judy Kaye and the show never looked back.
GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
In fairness, Nick, it was a big deal to those of us who idolized Madeline Kahn and got a lackluster performance in return.

But you're right that Judy Kaye made me forget that disappointment entirely. I must have seen her 10 times and took everyone in my family.

And I remained a fan of Kahn on film and TV until her untimely death.
morosco
Broadway Legend
joined:7/10/04
Judy Kaye from a mini tour of the show in 1986 or 1987.
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morosco
Broadway Legend
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morosco
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