The cast and crew of Broadway's Victor/Victoria wished star Julie Andrews "bon voyage" on stage and off Jan. 5 as she played her last performance in the musical before a four-week overseas vacation. Andrews arrived for the Sunday matinee to find the cast had decorated the backstage of the Marquis Theatre with streamers and balloons "on a bon voyage motif," according to production spokesman Peter Cromarty. Even the stage crew chipped in for a bouquet.
There was no special announcement to the audience and no curtain speech, but as Andrews was taking her bow with the cast, the show's conductor held up a sign saying "Turn around." When Andrews turned, she saw that the cast members had carried on "bon voyage" streamers "and of course the audience went wild," Cromarty said.
"The audience always goes fanatic anyway," Cromarty said, "I think most people didn't even realize it was her last performance," before she hands the role of Victoria Grant over the Liza Minnelli for a month, Jan. 7 to Feb. 2. Andrews is scheduled to return to the show Feb. 4.