The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Treading the Boards #2


Sandra Church, Jack Klugman, Lane Bradbury, Ethel Merman and Peg Murray in Gypsy (1959)

9 comments :

justjack said...

Not only can I hear Ethel's voice from the back of the auditorium, I can hear it from 50 years away, too!

Baritone said...

Most likely that "unidentified actress" was Peg Murray, playing Miss Cratchitt. The scene is in Mr. Grantzinger's office following the "Dainty June and Her Farmboys" number. Gawd, I know too much!

Brad said...

The "unidentified actress" is Peg Murray.

http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=87142

Greg said...

Thanks guys! I figured if I wrote "unidentified actress" rather than just leave her out, somewhere here would know it. This blog has the most informed readers of any blog I've ever visited. And thanks for the idbd link Brad. There are a few other theatre pics I have where the identity of one or two of the actors aren't listed. If I can't find it on idbd I'll just put it up here and ask for help.

Fred said...

I wonder if Klugman kept the trenchcoat, put a little Gulden's on the lapel and used it for Oscar Madison?

DickGreenleaf said...

Sing out Louise!!

joe baltake said...

Sorry, but two other actresses are misindentified in the photo. That isn't Karen Moore or Jacqueline Mayro. They played Baby Louise and Baby June, respectively, on stage. No, the photo is of Dainty Louise (soon to be Gypsy) and Dainty June - played by Sandra Church and Lane Bradbury (who was married to Robert Morse at the time). But, yes, that is the singular Peg Murray. -Joe

Greg said...

Aaaarrggh!!! I really hate trusting captions that turn out to be wrong. Thanks Joe, and sorry I wasn't familiar enough with Sandra and Lane to catch that.

joe baltake said...

Greg- No problem. I make mistakes all the time. Loved that photo! Thanks for sharing it. -Joe