[Rodgers, Richard. (1902–1979) & Hammerstein, Oscar. (1895–1960)] Hayes, Bill. (b. 1925) & McCracken, Joan. (1917–1961)

"Me and Juliet" - Signed Program

Playbill program for the 1953 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Me and Juliet at the Majestic Theatre, signed to title page by cast members Hayes and McCracken.  40 pp.  In fine condition, 7.5 x 9.5 inches (19 x 24.1 cm).

Me and Juliet was the sixth musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opening on Broadway on May 28, 1953.  While the show was a critical failure, advance sales were so strong that it ran for most of the year, ultimately turning a small profit. To quote Frederick W. Nolan, author of The Sound of Their Music: The Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein, "Despite a $500,000 advance sale, despite a ten-month run (which, for anyone except Rodgers and Hammerstein, would have represented a major success), and despite an eventual profit in excess of $100,000, Me and Juliet has to be classed as a failure."

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (19373)

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