Not only is Donna Murphy giving one of the most celebrated performances of the season as Ruth Sherwood in the hit revival of Wonderful Town at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, but the Museum of Television & Radio will offer those interested a chance to see original Town star Rosalind Russell in the role she created. From Dec. 26, 2003, through Jan. 4, 2004, Wonderful Town lovers can head to the New York branch of the Museum of Television & Radio to catch the two-hour long telecast, which was filmed in 1958. The TV broadcast featured Russell as Ruth Sherwood, Jacquelyn McKeever as Eileen, Sydney Chaplin as Bob Baker and Jordan Bentley as the Wreck. The musical, of course, boasts a score by Leonard Bernstein (music) and Betty Comden and Adolph Green (lyrics); the 1958 TV production was conducted by Lehman Engel and includes such tunes as "Ohio," "A Little Bit in Love," "One Hundred Easy Ways (to Lose a Man)," "Conga!" and "It's Love."
Wonderful Town will be shown at 4 PM daily. There is a $10 suggested donation. The Museum of Television & Radio is located at 25 West 52nd Street; call (212) 621-6600.
The Broadway revival of Wonderful Town plays the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street. For tickets, visit Click here.