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re: "Charlie Girl" and "Salad Days" - both long West End runs - why not Broadway?
Last Edit: PlayWiz 11:16 pm EDT 07/10/21
Posted by: PlayWiz 11:08 pm EDT 07/10/21
In reply to: re: "Charlie Girl" and "Salad Days" - both long West End runs - why not Broadway? - keikekaze 07:52 pm EDT 07/10/21

I was listening to the original London cast recording of "Charlie Girl" (up on YouTube with permission), and it's a very nice score, with a very catchy title song. The male top-billed star was a British Cockney popular music star, Joe Brown (who I wasn't familiar with); later on during the run the role was taken on by Gerry Marsden of the group Gerry and the Pacemakers, who had major hits in the US and UK on the pop charts during the 60s British Invasion. The recently departed Stuart Damon had a good supporting role as an American millionaire in it as well. The show sounds quite silly and fun and "daft", and frankly, something of a tonic for troubled times, and worth checking out.

I'd love to see a production mounted somewhere. Since Cyd Charisse took Anna Neagle's role in the London revival, it might be tailor made for a more mature dancing lady who sings like Donna McKechnie, Sandy Duncan, Karen Ziemba, or, if she'd allow herself to play the mother of at least one daughter of marriageable age, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Perhaps some place like Paper Mill Playhouse for a possible run with or without an eye for Broadway? It's better than some of the stuff that's been written and produced in recent years, had a track record as a big hit in London, and it sounds like just a really fun show.
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