- Two on the Aisle
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"Two on the Aisle" is a musical
revuewith a book and lyrics by Betty Comdenand Adolph Greenand music by Jule Styne.
The project marked Comden and Green's return to Broadway following their successful reign at MGM (where they penned the classic "Singin' in the Rain" and "
The Band Wagon", among others) and their first teaming with composer Styne. An evening of comedy routines and splashy musical numbers with Las Vegas-type showgirls, it was developed specifically to showcase the talents of Bert Lahr.
After one preview, the show, directed by
Abe Burrows, opened on July 19 1951at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, where it ran for 276 performances. In addition to Lahr, the cast included Dolores Grayand Stanley Prager. Lahr and Gray disliked each other, with the trouble starting in New Haven. The lead spot (number 3 in the show) for the first star was given to Lahr, but Gray argued that she should have it; the director Burrows settled the matter by threatening to quit. ["Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr" (2000), John Lahr, p.249, ISBN 0520223047] The show became notorious for their efforts to upstage each other. [ "150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre" (2000), Andrew Lamb, p. 270 ISBN 0300075383]
An original cast album was released by
*Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me
*East River Hoe Down (Here She Comes Now)
*There Never Was a Baby Like My Baby
*If You Hadn't, But You Did
*Vaudeville Ain't Dead/Catch Our Act at the Met
*Give A Little, Get A Little
*How Will He Know?
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