April 24 1968 AZ Republic

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April 24 1968 AZ Republic - Jinxed* Unsinkable Phoenix Musical Theater...
Jinxed* Unsinkable Phoenix Musical Theater Guild presents "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" at the Phoenix Theater Center, 25 E. Cororwdo Road. Music and lyrics by Meredith Wiilson, book by Richard Morris; stage directors Bill Holland and Dick Erdman; musical director H. Garolde Harris; choreographer Gary B. N ay lor; scenery design James Edmondson, Lou Knaal; and Gary Relslnger; costume design Barbara Van Ess; prtf ducers Jean Rehfeld and Prlscllla Praiher. THE CAST: Molly Tobln Elaine Morrow Michaellobln Gary Navior Aloyslus Tobln Tim Sullivan Patrick Tobln Judson-Scott Lee Father Flynn ArtColeman Shamus Tobln Jack Culver Prostitutes DaneSmolen, Dixie Patterson, Cheryl Kaplan Johnny "Leadvllls" Brown , John Clegg Denver Police Gary Naylor, Judson-Scott Lee, Tim Sullivan, Rick Mason Mrs. McGlone Dee Knight Monslgnor Ryan John Graff Roberts Shep Wejnsteln Germalne Judy Wtmer Princess DeLong Jill Glllesvog Prince DeLong Maurice Staples Grand Duchess Colleen Harris Duchess Pat Gertsberger Countess Karen Llndstrom ~ob t' ilcolmBroderlck .. . 'Mlchac — Mrs. Wadllngfon ... .Esther Peterson Duke '......... BobMastln Malcolm Broderlck .._. .'Michael Hall Mr. Wadllngton ... Richard Zielinskl Young Waiter Bob Maslln Maltre D' Ed Humphrey By BINA BREITNER Republic Drama Critic y together a "Molly Brown" they can in many ways be proud of. As far as production is concerned, this is a terrific amateur effort. The songs are spirited, costumes are flamboyantly successful, the sets colorfully overdone, the direction often inventive, and the choreography much more professional than might be expected from a college student — Gary Naylor. UNFORTUNATELY: The 13-member orchestra is slightly ouch. Sometimes the voices can't be heard, especially when actors sing with their backs to the audience. And the acting is oddly erratic— at times blatantly amateur, at other moments quite moving in its honesty. The show itself (by Meredith Wiilson with book by Richard Morris) is primarily a vehicle for Molly's money- hungry good-hearted friendliness.' It is based, incidentally, on a true character who really did burn up $900,000 by accident, and who moved from Leadville, Colo., to Denver in an attempt to climb a social ladder which kept getting kicked out from under her. The production has been beset by more than average theater jinxing, but they made it. As Molly says often, "I ain't down yet!" It fits PMT's determined effort. "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" continues nightly at 8:30 p.m. through Sunday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. RANCH Society today The and festivals. 3

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 24 Apr 1968, Wed,
  3. Page 76

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