The Watergate scandal has been put to rest as three are found guilty. The Pittsburgh Steelers earn their first championship title beating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" and Minnie Ripperton's "Lovin' You" top the charts. "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Jeffersons" debut on television. You are "movin' on up" in 1975.
The Great White Way rang in the new year with two original musicals, The Wiz and Shenandoah. Also on the boards from earlier in the season are Anthony Hopkins in Equus, James Earl Jones in Of Mice and Men, Raul Julia in a revival of Where's Charley, and "Broadway's Longest Running Musical" Grease. Terrence McNally, the author of the previous season's Bad Habits — which featured F. Murray Abraham — returns to Broadway with his new farce, The Ritz, which again features Abraham.
F. Murray Abraham's bio in the "Who's Who."
The title page in the The Ritz Playbill.
An ad for "The Count of Monte Cristo."
An ad for the Mack & Mabel recording.
A portion of the "Four Men on Broadway" feature.
According to Playbill Radio program director and Broadway Yearbook editor Robert Viagas, Moreno may have had a hand in changing Tony history. "I saw the show the Monday after the Tony Awards. Moreno won Best Supporting Actress in a Play. You'll note that I said 'Supporting Actress' because that's what the award was called then," recalled Viagas. "On Tony night, Rita [said] she was the leading lady in The Ritz and 'I ain't SUPPORTING nothing but my beads' [noting her costume's beaded necklace]."
"So the next night she made her entrance swinging her beads and the house went nutzoid with cheers and applause. She was already giving 'Googie' 110 percent, or so the award would indicate. That night, she gave 150 percent. The next year the category name was changed to Best FEATURED Actress in a Play."