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SECTION 8 ENTERTAINMENT The Indianapolis Star Books & Art TV-Radio Theaters Dining Out SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 4, 1961 " ;:X:V' I hi JEFF DONNELL. will star with Richard Erdman in Roman Candla," ot Avondale Playhouse the week of Aug. 1. Mary Martin's 'Favorite Things' By MARY MARTIN New York (AP) SO MANY wonderful things have happened to me. Maybe they wouldn't rhyme in a song to sing. But like Peter Pan's shadow, they're mine, all mine, and I love them. Most of my favorite memories are of the marvelous way things have gone on, starting way back when I was 5 and first stepped onto a stage. I remember distinctly it was at a fireman's ball back home in Weatherford, Tex., and I sang "When Apples Grow on a Lilac Tree." People applauded, too. I was all grown up the next time I heard real applause ... for me, anyway. I was in Hollywood, making the rounds of the studios so frequently they got to calling me Audition Mary. I had only $500 and I'd promised my family I'd come back home when I ran out of cash. Naturally, I was very careful and tried to add to my dwindling stake as often as possible. One night I had a chance to sing in a talent show at the Trocadero. I had to borrow a costume an accordion-pleated skirt, whit blouse, red scarf and small black hat and in my second-hand finery I did a wing version of "II Baccio." Somehow, nobody noticed I wasn't wearing a proper evening dress, or if they did. It didn't matter. They liked my song, and Laurence Schwab) a Broadway producer who was in the audience, thought I stood a chance in New York. IF SOMEONE asked me my favorite date, I suppose I'd have to say it was Nov. 9, 1938, the first time I put on that lynx jacket to sing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" in "Leave It to Me." That was a night I'll never forget. ; I wasn't nervous when I went out to sing. Actually, I had never seen a legitimate show (and I didn't get to see one until three months later). I just wanted to get out there and perform. I knew nothing about critics. If I knew then what I know now, I'd have dropped dead. . AFTER the show some theatrical friends threw a big party. As we entered the night club, the orchestra struck up "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." and it dawned on me that the song was a hit. There have been other wonderful opening nights too, of course. One that doesn't mean much outside our own little family is the first time my daughter Heller appeared on stage with me. That was in the touring company of "Anne Get Your Gun," and the first night Heller and I crowed to- " 1 'n't", IT : if- ; 'TVI V MARY MARTIN LOOKS OVER MUSICAL SCORES gether on the stage in "Peter Pan." Then too, there was the special hug the real Baroness Maria Von Trapp gave me after the curtain came down on the first performance of "The Sound of Music" and the folk dance we did together at the opening night party. MY FAVORITE closing night In "South Pacific," in New York. I had washed my hair onstage exactly 1,866 times as Nellie Forbush. When the curtain calls began, the Seabees in the show lined up for their bows. In uniform among them were four extras Dick Rodgers, Oscar Ham-merstein. Josh Logan and Leland Hayward the composers and producers. They stepped forward and handed me a black velvet box. Inside was a diamond and pearl bracelet I just died. I felt like Lillian Russell. Then the audience left their seats and came down the aisles singing "I'm Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair." It was thrilling. I HAVE LOTS of other favorite things the needlepoint rug I made during , that same show ... the first time I was taken to Oscar Hammers tein's Hollywood home to sing for him, and he asked me to come back and sing again ... The day I met Richard Halliday and the day I finally got him to ask me to marry him . . . The collection of clasped-hands motifs in sculpture and art that Richard and I have collected, and which are sort of a family emblem. WILBUR EVANS will be one of the stars in the recent hit "Take Me Along," at Starlight Musicals the week of July 18. BETWEEN THE ACTS By CORBIN PATRICK Avondale Books More Stars YOU CAN take your ease this week and dream of things to come, unless you care to drive to Madison ' Thursday for the launching of the new season of the Indiana University showboat, the Majestic, in that favorite play of times gone by, "Peg o' My Heart . But there should be some pleasure in simply contemplating plans already made for the entertainment of theatergoers here in the summer ahead. Avondale now has booked attractions for seven of its ten weeks, while Starlight Musicals has only casting details to announce in completing arrangements for its six-week series. e . Two more engagements were confirmed by Avondale yesterday. It became quite certain that Margaret Truman will appear in the festive tent at the Meadows the week of July 11. Her vehicle will be Arthur Laurent's romance, The Time of the Cuckoo," in which she was preceded by Shirley Booth on Broadway and by Katharine Hepburn on the screen. Avondale also revealed that Vivian Vance, a favorite of the "I Love Lucy" television program, may be expected the week of Aug. 29, the last of the season, in "Marriage-Go-Round," another Broadway hit that also became a popular movie. - She will play the part of the wife taken in this triangle comedy on the stage by Claudette Colbert and in the Hollywood version by Susan Hayward. But the announcement still leaves the big question ansettled who is going to play the part of the spectacular other woman, portrayed on both stage and screen by Julie Newmar? " Avondale indicated its heavy reliance on television personalities by announcing in mid-week that Jeff Donnell and Richard Erdman will team in "Roman Candle" the week of Aug. 1. Miss Donnell (Jeff is a girl) has been George Gobel's video spouse; Erdman the millionaire "lover boy" in the Tab Hunter show. "Roman Candle" is a comedy about the Armed Forces, with emphasis on the Pentagon and the missiles program. Avondale bookings previously on record include Margaret O'Brien in "Under the Yum Yum Tree," opening the season June 27; Eddie Bracken in "Send Me No Flowers," Ann B. (Schultzy) Davis in "Mrs. McThing" and Charles Coburn in "You Can't Take It With You." AH but "Time of the Cuckoo" are comedies and .it has its lighter moments. Starlight is rather handicapped in sustaining its publicity by the fact its entire series of six Broadway musical shows has been set for the past couple of months. But its executive director. John Charles Sacco, created mora than a ripple of interest by letting it be known last week that Wilbur Evans, star of last season's "South Pacific," will return to play the Walter Pidgeon role in 'Take Ma Along." musical version of Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, "Ah. WUderness. . Meanwhile, this should be a good time to bring together the loose ends of the Evansville jazz festival, which has been announcing its attractions single file for the past several weeks. This festival has grown prodigiously from a late and small beginning last year, when it took over from French Lick. Interest has been so great that it has decided to add Saturday and Sunday afternoon events to the night sessions previously scheduled for the week end of June 23, 24, and 25. By the latest count. French Lick will present the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Jack Teagarden and his combo and Jimmy Rushing, the jazz singer, on the opening program Friday, June 23. The Paul Winter Sextet, recently judged the "best college jazz group at the Georgetown Intercollegiate festival, will be spotlighted Saturday afternoon, June 24. The great Duke Ellington and his orchestra are scheduled for both Saturday night, June 24, and Sunday night, June 25 in different programs. That Sunday afternoon the festival has scheduled the world premiere of "The Gospel Roots of Jazz," by the Staple Singers of Chicago and Marion Williams and the Stars of Faith of Philadelphia. It will cover 100 years of authentic Negro religious music. The program will be presented in New' York's Museum of Modern Art July 20, and possibly at the Lewisohn Stadium there later in the summer. Lurlean Hunter, "the girl with the heart-beat in her voice," and Al Hurt, the eminent trumpeter, will appear with the Ellington orchestra in the final program of the Evansville festival Sunday night, June 25. 41 m-&7.r f it m. rev" -1 V Jyk u aa fWSlSsi.. j, THE ROYAL DANCERS of Cambodia World," a Cinerama adventure led by perform ritualistic dances at the Angkor Lowell Thomas. The spectacle-filled film Wat Temple in "Seven Wonders of the comes June 14 to the Indiana. Weeks Events PLAYS "PEG O' MY HEART," sentimental comedy by J. Hartley Manners, Indiana University show boat, the Majestic, opening- season at Madison 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday, Saturday and next Sunday nights. SUPPER CLUBS B & B, Alice Lon, "the champagne lady" formerly with Lawrence Welk, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 and 12:30, Friday and Saturday at 9. 11 and 1. Billy Moore's orchestra. CROWN ROOM, Eddie Pea-body, "king of the banjo," and vocalist Diana Pane, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 and 11, Friday and Saturday at 9, 11 and 1. THE EMBERS, Dorothy Louden, satiric song stylist, and Peter Appleyard Quartet, Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 and 11, Friday and Saturday at 9. 11 and 1. -LA RUE'S PENTHOUSE, the Interludes, Monday through Saturday at 9, 11 and 1, this week only. ART SHOWS HERRON ART MUSEUM, 54th annual Indiana Artists' exhibition, closing today. Dis play of sculpture by David K. Rubins, daily through June 18. HOOSIER SALON, exhibi- tion of paintings by Brown County artists, week days through June 15. . I: (I V tJ "V V2sks' - fA rer- : jw RENATA MANNHARDT tames a cag dramatic circus movie will open Thurs-full of treacherous polar bears for one day ot the Circle, starring Esther Wil-of the octt In "The Big Show." The liams. Zsa Zsa Hates 4Golddigger' Tag By RICK DU BROW Hollywood (UPI) MISS ZSA ZSA Gabor is deeply concerned that some people may think she's a golddigger. "I know those stories about me are good for my career, dolling," the blond actress said over breakfast coffee in a sitting room of her home, "but they simply aren't true. "After all, if I was so money-hungry, I could marry someone rich in a minute I wouldn't have to act for a living. I'll give you an example. "ABOUT TWO or three years ago, a girl friend of mine called and said she had just the man fort me handsome Texas millionaire of about 42. She wanted me to meet him he was fabulously rich. "I told her, "Dolling, Tm very interested, but I can't arrange it now. I have television and movie jobs to do. Wait till I come back. Well, before I knew it, two years went by while I was working, and one day I picked up a magazine and saw he was married. I said. There goes my husband. I never even met him." Miss Gabor, who wore a pink silk dressing gown, added: "I met five of the richest men in the country, and every one of them proposed to me. Of course, I'm no hypocrite, dolling. Every woman likes money and beautiful things. And every woman who is honest will admit she would rather marry a rich man than a poor one. "MY DREAM IS to marry a rugged Texan with a ranch. I definitely will marry again. But meanwhile I love to make money on my own and pay my own bills even though it's tough to get up at 5 in the morning to act." ' Miss Gabor, whose latest film is "The Blue Contessa," said that proof of her desire to earn her own living is the fact that she will make her stage debut this summer in stock productions of "Blithe Spirit" in Ohio. In addition, she turned to an aide who had stopped by and said to him: "Dolling, you sweet angel, do me a favor and rearrange my schedule. I'm doing a very big television commercial today. I don't, love commercials, but it's a lot of money and I need it if I want to live the way I'm accustomed to living. "TM NOT very fond of Las Vegas, either but I work there to make money. It's uncomfortable for me there. In the international set, they know more about my kind of person I'm just another girl. But in Las Vegas, I'm a curiosity. Women especially from small towns regard me as some kind of exhibition. But I'm proud of the way I am, international in flavor., I speak five or six languages, and I prefer worldly people. ...... . ",m,m A H ju f '-.fsml NANCY WALTERS and Bill Trovers find their fov while driving th road races in 'The Green Helmet," coming Friday to Loew's.

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