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The find of the day at the Broadway Flea Market was this window card for the world premiere of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Philadelphia, with the original creative team and Coca Cola company (the sole investor) credited. I’ve been on the hunt for a 1600 window card for years and it has always eluded me until now. A sainted, eagle-eyed Twitter follower tweeted me early in the day, and the rest was history! Later on in the day, I had it framed at the Triton Gallery table.

I also picked up the special multi-DVD sets celebrating Mary Martin and Harold Prince at the POTO table, with enough video and audio material for dozens of posts.

BC/EFA Cast Album Haul:

There was a noticeable dearth of LPs this year, which in previous years have never been in short supply. Still, I was able to pick up 5 albums on LP.

The Boys from Syracuse - 1963 New York Cast
Bright Lights, Big City - Studio Cast Recording (CD)
Catch Me If You Can  - Original Broadway Cast (Special Advance Copy)
An Evening with Lerner and Loewe
The Grand Tour - Original Broadway Cast
Luv - Original Broadway Cast
Tintypes - Original Broadway Cast

Other window cards:

Katharine Hepburn in A Matter of Gravity, Holland Taylor in Ann & the original Broadway company of Mary, Mary.

Souvenir programs:

The 2009 revival of Mary Stuart with Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter; the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie; the 2010 Broadway company of Elf.

Playbills (all original Broadway casts unless otherwise noted):

I didn’t intend on collecting any Playbills but found a few here and there I liked. The majority of these I pulled from boxes at the end of the day, as they were were about to be thrown out and that just didn’t sit well with me.

A Majority of One; A Hatful of Rain; Child’s Play; My One and Only; Dream Girl; the 1970 revival of Hay Fever starring Shirley Booth; Angel; The Dresser; Hollywood Arms; the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town; A Doll’s Life; the 1987 revival of Blithe Spirit (Patricia Conolly as Madame Arcati); A Small Family Business; The Coast of Utopia; The Moony Shapiro Songbook; Tru; The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; Georgy; Angel in the Wings; Shōgun, The Musical; Harrigan ‘n Hart; High Button Shoes; Allegro; The Desk Set; Juno; Sail Away; Donnybrook!; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; the 1983 return engagement of the Houston Grand Opera production of Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall; the 1996 off-Broadway revival of I Do! I Do!; the 1982 national tour of The Pirates of Penzance with James Belushi as the Pirate King, Patrick Cassidy as Frederic, Clive Revill as the Major General, Paxton Whitehead as The Sergeant, Jo Anne Worley as Ruth, and Patti Cohenour as Mabel’s understudy; the London programme for Blitz!

Random stuff:

Special Broadway Edition script of Holland Taylor’s Ann, published editions of David Hare’s The Breath of Life and Arthur Kopit/Maury Yeston’s Nine; show magnets for Nine (2003 revival), Deuce, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Mary Poppins, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and words from Matilda; a notepad from The Color Purple; keychains for Scandalous and Jerusalem; trading cards for the cast of Lombardi; a car air freshener for Hands on a Hardbody.

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"They Should Have Stayed Another Week in Philadelphia" was the second act opening of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the show’s world premiere performance (which was, incidentally, in Philadelphia). Using theatrical metaphors, the actors of the show-within-the-show sang about how the Constitution could have used more work.

After the negative reviews came in, the song was one of the score’s first casualties. It was restored for the 1992 revision, but not A White House Cantata (which opens its second half with the equally obscure "Welcome Home, Miz Johnson").

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The latest addition to my ‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’ archive: a Playbill from the Philadelphia tryout.
"They Should Have Stayed Another Week in Philadelphia" has been dropped, leading me to think this was toward the middle or end of the run.
Incidentally, the second act has only six musical pieces: “Bright and Black,” the showstopping “Duet for One,” “After Dinner Entertainment” (the minstrel show medley), “American Dreaming,” “Middle C,” and “To Make Us Proud.”

The latest addition to my ‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’ archive: a Playbill from the Philadelphia tryout.

"They Should Have Stayed Another Week in Philadelphia" has been dropped, leading me to think this was toward the middle or end of the run.

Incidentally, the second act has only six musical pieces: “Bright and Black,” the showstopping “Duet for One,” “After Dinner Entertainment” (the minstrel show medley), “American Dreaming,” “Middle C,” and “To Make Us Proud.”

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Welcom Home, Miz Johnson

From the BBC radio broadcast of A White House Cantata, the concert adaptation of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Welcome Home, Miz Johnson," the act two opener of the Cantata, is a reprise of “Welcome Home, Miz Adams” which is sung by the chorus to First Lady. Eliza McArdle Johnson arrives at the White House several weeks after Lincoln’s assassination to discover that a bereft Mrs. Lincoln hasn’t left.

The song has never been officially recorded. (On top of being listless and dull, the recording of A White House Cantata was also abridged to fit on one disc).

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