The image at left is a scan of the Playbill handed to me at the original production of A Chorus Line – my first ever Broadway show. This was on a trip to New York City with my Clayton (Missouri) High School drama club, for spring break 1977. What a way to start a theater-going career.
On that 7-day trip, I also saw the original productions of The Wiz, Chicago, Pippin, and a few others.
We stayed at the Edison Hotel, which is still cramming tourists into its small rooms on 47th Street. I snuck into a movie theater on 7th Avenue and watched the porn phenomenon Deep Throat. And I took the picture below, featuring my cousin Laurie. The location is obviously Times Square, and the marquis for "Airport 77" proves the timing. This trip to New York was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the Big Apple.
Interestingly, I did not know a single person who'd ever performed on a Broadway stage until 1996, when I met my friend Bobby Lambert, who'd starred on Broadway in the Tyne Daly production of Gypsy, and got a great review from none other than Frank Rich! Through Bob I've met many Broadway actors and even had "dinner" with a few. This week I hung out with Brad Anderson, who danced with Bob in Damn Yankees and has gone on to other great Broadway performances.
Guess what show Brad is about to appear in, headed for Broadway this fall? Yep.