An Autobiography: Chapter 39, Easter Prelude

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City Hospital Board OKs Plan to Cut Deficit

That was the headline in the New York Daily News, January 13, 1977, with a photo on each side of the article. On the left was a photo of Georgianna, bundled up against the cold, carrying a picket sign, and on the right a photo of Dr. John Holloman, Jr., President of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. The meeting was attended by more than 500 demonstrators, some in wheelchairs. Many, like Georgianna, had come to protest the closing of Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island, where Georgianna was a volunteer.

You Can’t Take It With You opened at the Goldwater auditorium on January 28th, and when the curtain opened at each of the three performances, there was a round of applause for the set! I had gotten photos of the set of the original Broadway production from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library, one of the largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the theatrical arts.   

There were 19 members in the cast, including our daughter, Heather, and nine who had been in Ten Little Indians. Here are a few words about the new cast members from the printed program:

Georgia Kennedy (Panelope Sycamore): A former singer with the Ray Charles Singers and was with the Perry Como Show for four years. She has appeared in many Off-Broadway and Broadway choruses.

Heather Moore (Essie)

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