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New York: 1980. Extremely scarce Playbill-sized signed program, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, for "Black Broadway," a retrospective musical revue that featured songs by black and white composers from the golden jazz age including Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller, performed at Town Hall, New York City, May 1 - 24, 1980. Boldly signed on the cover by the starring cast: "John W. Bubbles," "Nell Carter," "Honi Coles," "Adelaide Hall," "Gregory Hines," "Bobby Short," "Elisabeth Welch," "Edith Wilson".....
New York: 1950. His signature on the front cover of an attractive 1950 Playbill for the Broadway play "Where's Charley?" which depicts a wonderful three-quarters-page caricature of Bolger in character. Additionally signed by co-star Byron Palmer. This issue of Playbill features some great vintage ads including the Copacabana featuring Frank Sinatra (with full course dinner for $2.50) and a full back cover ad for Chesterfield Cigarettes with Kirk Douglas. Two small water-spot stains on the front cover; otherwise very good.....
New York: 1959. Playbill for the 1959 production of "Once Upon A Mattress" at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Boldly signed with a black marker on the cover. This was her breakout success and Broadway debut, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Some edgewear, still overall in very good condition. American actress, comedian, singer, and writer whose career spans six decades of television.
New York: 1985. Scarce autographed cast edition of Playbill for the Broadway production of "Benefactors" at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, December 25, 1985. Each member of the cast has signed in silver ink on the cover adjacent to their images. In addition to Close, Sam Waterston, Mary Beth Hurt, and Simon Jones have also signed it. Fine. American actress of stage and screen who has been the recipient of every major award.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 272 pages, 8vo, beige boards with a maroon cloth spine, dust wrapper. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1995). First edition. A near fine copy in a very good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Amy Greene, the former beauty editor of Vogue: "For Amy - with my love over and across the years - Betty 1997."
New York: 1952. Very scarce signed Playbill featuring "The First Drama Quartette," a loose ensemble of friends consisting of Charles Laughton, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke, and Agnes Moorehead, appearing in the 1952 Broadway production of Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" at the Plymouth Theatre. Signing on the cover (next to a fantastic photo) are Laughton, Boyer, and Hardwicke. Moorehead's autograph is absent. Near fine condition.