THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner and Nothing Like a Dame Creator Phyllis Newman

By Andrew Gans
07 Mar 2012

Barbara Harris in The Apple Tree. 


"During the so-called Golden or Hey-Hey Days of the Broadway musical… I had a number of jobs in the theatre… One season I performed at the matinees of The Apple Tree while the brilliant Barbara Harris did the evening shows. Although she had an understudy, they often called me to come in at night. She was going through an illness, and the show consisted of three separate short musical plays with complete change of makeup, costumes, et. al. It required an enormous amount of energy; sometimes she did one and I did two or vice versa… or none and… well, you get it. The point being (oh, you want a point?) I was in Shubert Alley a lot of nights...."