"Bob," Star of Tony-Nominated The Two and Only!, Acquired by Smithsonian

News   "Bob," Star of Tony-Nominated The Two and Only!, Acquired by Smithsonian At a special ceremony in New York City May 16, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will acquire the original "Bob," the infamous sidekick of master ventriloquist, Jay Johnson, whose recent Broadway show was just nominated for a 2007 Tony Award.

Created for the landmark television show "Soap," which premiered on ABC in 1977, "Bob" — please do not call him a dummy — will join the museum's collections chronicling the evolution of the sitcom, including the Bunkers' chairs from "All in the Family" as well as Charlie McCarthy, Jerry Mahoney and other ventriloquist figures.

Johnson recently starred on Broadway with "Bob" and ten fellow characters in Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!, which was Tony-nominated May 15 in the category of Special Theatrical Event.

"Bob is a culturally important addition to the National Museum of American History's collection, as the first ventriloquist figure to appear in a sitcom and a pioneer in showcasing the accessibility of ventriloquism and puppets on television," stated Dwight Blocker Bowers, museum curator.

Johnson performed on "Soap" for four years, with "Bob" always by his side. A national tour of The Two and Only will begin in October.

For more information, visit the museum's web site at http://americanhistory.si.edu.