A drama classic from the husband and wife team of Cathy and Elliot Lewis. Approached to team up on a project at the height of their careers, they came up with a drama anthology program. On Stage only ran for a year or so, but was well produced, had good writing, and of course great acting. Today’s episode is a rehearsal, and it may be a little choppy in spots, and what seems like record skips or repeated dialog, but it’s just the nature of a rehearsal. When you hear the finished production, coming soon to the main page on retro-otr.com, some of the repeats, and ded areas make more sense when musical score is added into the mix.
In today’s story Cathy is a young actress who is new to the theater. Listen as the tender young woman brushes up against the terse, synical production execs as she tries to make her big break. She is a bit rough in her acting, but the big Broadway producer, Elliot, sees her potential. Everything will be all right, right?
When the show fails, is it by design. Why would someone want to produce a play to fail from the start? The romantic tragedy has different results than the producer counted on when his leading lady turns her lines, and the play into a fantasy dream come true. Sort of. With the play bordering on success, Mr Perch, the producer wants to close the show.
When you’re a failure at a career of failing, I guess that makes you a success. Though the production company go their seperate ways, there’s a nice ending to wrap things up.
The show is followed up by some alternate takes to a couple of scenes.
Arthur Lee May. 1952. Gloria.
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Lee Douglas, and the Old Time Rock and Roll Podcast.
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