President Richard M. Nixon is embroiled in the Watergate scandal, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional and 11 Israeli Olympic athletes are murdered in Munich by an Arab terrorist group. "The Price is Right" and "M*A*S*H" debut on television while Chuck Berry is at the top of the charts with "My Ding-A-Ling." You are back in 1972.
On Broadway a revival of Man of La Mancha, starring original actor Richard Kiley; That Championship Season; Pippin; and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris kick off the new season amid previously-running shows like Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sleuth and Sugar. From London comes a new drama by Simon Gray that was directed by Harold Pinter.
The title page in the Butley Playbill.
In the Playbill, Catherine Deneuve peddles Chanel No. 5, Max Factor boasts its "Fresh from the farm face" line Geminesse, and Columbia Pictures coaxes theatre crowds to the movies with Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft and Simon Ward in "Young Winston." Among others ads of airlines, women's fashion, cars (the "molded full foam seats" of Chevrolet's new Monte Carlo), local eateries (Benihana of Tokyo and Joes Pier 52), cigarettes and plenty of alcohol is a full-page spread for an all-star cast recording of Man of La Mancha with Jim Nabors, Marilyn Horne and more.
An ad for starry Man of La Mancha recording.
A portion of the "Politics, Broadway Style" quiz.