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"Musical Vaudeville" and the man who spread the Sunshine
Last Edit: WaymanWong 12:52 am EDT 08/25/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 12:36 am EDT 08/25/21
In reply to: re: 1975: "Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville" - LynnB 11:45 pm EDT 08/24/21

Reed23, I'll add my thanks, too, for your fascinating and informative post about ''Chicago.'' I love the show, and I agree: It's not called ''A Musical Vaudeville'' for nothing, and Fred Ebb has said that why he wrote it the way he did: as a series of vaudeville routines. It's disappointing to see the framing of these references to Ted Lewis, Helen Morgan, Sophie Tucker, Sally Rand, etc., stripped from the show. But i guess it's a testament to the story and the songs that audiences can still enjoy ''Chicago'' without knowing any of the original backstory or staging.

Speaking of Mary Sunshine, who got to see M. O'Haughey play her in the original 1975 Broadway cast? Was the reveal a genuine surprise? Did the audience gasp? (Even today, I wonder how much of the audience does or doesn't see it coming.) Also, whatever happened to Michael O'Haughey? A Google search reveals he was born in 1947 in South Africa, and in 1977, he got a N.Y. Times rave for his cabaret act in NYC. But ''Chicago'' was his one and only Broadway credit. What did he do after that? Sean Patrick Doyle played him in the ''Fosse/Verdon'' TV series. Hope he's doing well!

P.S. I just found this clip of Gwen Verdon on ''To Tell the Truth'' with the real Mary Sunshine. Michael's amazing!
Link Michael O'Haughey, 'Chicago's' original Mary Sunshine: 'A Little Bit of Good' (1975)
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