President Lyndon B. Johnson just signed a bill creating the United States Department of Transportation. The Supreme Court decision on the case Miranda v. Arizona changed the arrest process. The Beach Boys release the album "Pet Sounds." "The Dick Van Dyke Show" ends its run on television as "Star Trek" begins. You have journeyed back to 1966.
On Broadway, Ethel Merman started the season in a revival of Annie Get Your Gun, while Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Marian Seldes starred in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The previous year's The Odd Couple, Man of La Mancha and last season's new musicals Sweet Charity and Mame currently play on the boards. The songwriting team behind the still-running Fiddler on the Roof plant their new musical, The Apple Tree, on Broadway.
The title page in the The Apple Tree Playbill.
Mike Nichols' bio in the "Who's Who."
The character breakdown for The Apple Tree.
An ad for The Apple Tree cast recording.
The musical earned seven Tony Award nominations for stars Harris and Alda, choreographer Lee Theodore, composer and lyricist Bock and Harnick, costume designer Tony Walton, director Nichols and for Best Musical itself. Harris would take home the only honor for the production. A musical from another famous team, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, would overshadow the musical in every other category — with I Do! I Do! star Robert Preston beating out Alda.