THE APPLE TREE PLAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ALAN ALDA, BARBARA HARRIS, LARRY BLYDEN - HFSID 301523
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THE APPLE TREE PLAY CAST: ALAN ALDA, BARBARA HARRIS and LARRY BLYDEN
Signing on their image on the Playbill cover
Show Bill signed: "Alan Alda", "Barbara Harris", "Larry Blyden", 68 pages, 6x9. Playbill for a production of The Apple Tree at New York's Shubert Theatre, signed by all three on the front cover. This hit musical had 463 performances between October 1966 and November 1967, with these three signers in the starring roles. Harris won a Tony for this performance (Best Featured Actress in a Musical); Alda received a nomination. The signature role of ALAN ALDA (b. 1936) was the wisecracking Army surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 through 1983. In 1978, he took advantage of an unusually lengthy production break in M*A*S*H to star in three films: California Suite, Same Time, Next Year, and The Seduction of Joe Tynan. He made his theatrical-movie directorial debut in 1981 with The Four Seasons; it would prove to be his most successful film as a director. Alda has occasionally delighted in going against the grain of his carefully cultivated image with nasty, spiteful characterizations, most notably in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and as death row inmate Caryl Chessman in the 1977 TV movie Kill Me if You Can. He played Republican Presidential nominee Arnold Vinnick (every Democrat's idea of a good Republican) in the final season of The West Wing. Before she won her Tony for this play, BARBARA HARRIS (1935-2018) had received two prior nominations for From the Second City (1961) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1966). She switched her focus to film after that, including strong roles opposite Jason Robards (A Thousand Clowns), Walter Matthau (Plaza Suite) and Jack Lemmon (The War Between Men and Women), and in Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot. LARRY BLYDEN (1925-1975) received Tony nominations for The Flower Drum Song (1959) and Absurd Person Singular (1975), and won one for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1972, Best Featured Actor as the slave Hysterium). He also found success as a TV game show host, including What's My Line. Six weeks after co-hosting the Tony award ceremony, Blyden died under mysterious circumstances in Morocco, in what was either an auto accident or a murder. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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