The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Dick Van Dyke

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13 Dec 2013

Dick Van Dyke, who received a Tony Award for originating the role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, celebrates his birthday Dec. 13. The Playbill Vault revisits his Broadway stage career.

Van Dyke made his Broadway debut as a featured player in the short-lived musical revue The Girls Against the Boys. With music by Richard Lewine and Albert Hague and sketches and lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt, the show premiered Nov. 2, 1959, at the Alvin Theatre. Nancy Walker and Bert Lahr headed a cast that included Annie lyricist Martin Charnin

Critics appreciated the talented array of performers but felt the show itself was unremarkable. The New York Times' Lewis Funke, who called Van Dyke an "amiable performer," claimed that without Walker and Lahr the "entertainment at the Alvin would be somewhat tedious going, indeed." The production closed after 16 performances.

Read the Playbill for The Girls Against the Boys here.


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