LP0176. PIPE DREAM (Rodgers & Hammerstein), Based on John Steinbeck’s novel 'Sweet Thursday', Original 1955 Cast, w.Helen Traubel, William Johnson, Judy Tyler. Shaded Dog black label RCA LOC-1023.
“PIPE DREAM premiered on Broadway on November 30, 1955, at the Shubert Theatre, with Helen Traubel as Fauna, William Johnson as Doc, Judy Tyler as Suzy, George D. Wallace as Mac and Mike Kellin as Hazel. The show had received the largest advance ticket sale in Broadway history to that point, $1.2 million. Rodgers and Hammerstein had not permitted group sales, so-called ‘theatre parties’ for their shows. They lifted the ban for PIPE DREAM, and pre-sold theatre party sales helped keep the show going, as there were few sales after opening night given the dismal reviews. More than 70 performances were entirely sold to groups. In March 1956, in a final attempt to save the show, Rodgers and Hammerstein revised it somewhat, moving several musical numbers. Traubel missed a number of performances due to illness, and left when her contract expired a few weeks before the show closed in June 1956.”