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

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The thing is, I don't think the show really has songs that can work out of the context of the show, which is why you rarely see them performed in concerts, etc. I think numbers like "Veronique", "Babbette", and "The Legacy" are really fantastic solos... but outside of an understanding of the show, they're confusing.
"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Judy Kaye from a mini tour of the show in 1986 or 1987.
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