Ah yes. Jill Haworth. Sometime a blonde Sally, she opened the show as a brunette, right? Wonder what that change was about.
She had a sultry voice and a Sally-Bowles-chip-on-her-shoulder covering up her fragility. And, despite excellent work, she was infamously singled out in Walter Kerr’s rave review as the only inferior facet in the entire show.
I always wondered if he was comparing her to the original « I am a Camera » Sally of Julie Harris, whose vulnerability and fetching awkwardness were, like a lot of her work, so much more obviously vulnerable than Haworth’s. (Julie’s Sally was American; Haworth’s was, I think, British or at least continental-sounding). I always thought she got a raw deal.
Liza (an American Sally again) had a bit more of Julie’s lost-girl persona mixed with the glassy sheen (like Haworth’s) of Sally’s survival self.
And there’s even somewhere a clip of Broadway replacement Anita Gillette on maybe an Ed Sullivan show, being excellently charming as always. Sally Sally Sally. What life Isherwood captured!
Thanks for this.