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Applause

book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

music by Charles Strouse

lyrics by Lee Adams

based on the film All About Eve and the original story by Mary Orr

March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 1983

Mount Mary College

This musical is about show business and the characters are typical of Broadway's glitter. "What is it that we're living for?" sing the impoverished 'gypsies' or Broadway dancers in Act I -Applause, Applause. These lyrics state simply the motives of all the characters in the play, and the song is repeated periodically to remind us what this story is really about. The central character, Margo Channing, is a superlative actress and a sophisticated comedienne. On opening night she basks in Backstage Babble performed by the cast. Unhappily, Margo's faults are as grand as her talent. She is paranoid about her age and even though she doesn't want to marry Bill Sampson, the play's director, she says she can't live without him. Bill is the play's level-headed good guy and a foil for Margo's imperious egoism.

Eve Harrington has another view of the bright lights. She says Margo's performances, the way she conveys life on stage, have saved her from despair. Eve's first song in the play presents her as a sweet selfless girl. In The Best Night Of My Life she thanks Margo for letting her take part in the glamour of an opening night. Eve's ingenuous admiration relaxes Margo so much, that Margo admits her constant fear of growing old and unattractive. As the two women watch one of Margo's movies, Margo laments her lost youth -Who's That Girl. #By the end of Act I, Margo begins to think Eve is more akin to the serpent than the innocent woman of the Biblical garden. At Bill's surprise birthday party she resents Eve's cunning friendliness with him, and proceeds to sharpen her wits on the guests. In an indiscriminate attack on anyone who moves, Margo shows her claws and sings Fasten Your Seat Belts. This act ends as Eve successfully auditions as Margo's understudy. Margo interprets Eve's success as a personal betrayal and sings Welcome To The Theatre where "Treachery's sweetly done."

 Act II opens by introducing Karen Richards, the playwright's wife and Margo's good friend. Karen, a product of Eastern Schools and now settled in the Connecticut country life is no match for worldly wiley Eve. Karen sings Inner Thoughts hoping everyone will laugh when they discover her "favor" for Eve. She has emptied the gas tank so that Margo will miss her train to New York, and Eve will have a chance to understudy in the play.

The next series of events reveals Eve as less than an artless innocent. Her last minute substitution for Margo is covered miraculously by all the critics who matter. She returns to the "gypsies'" bar after the show and cold-shoulders those who are beneath her now. As Eve leaves the dancers explode into a production number with amusing lyrics that marks Eve's change -She's No Longer A Gypsy. Eve has conveniently awakened the romantic interests of the stage manager, the producer and the playwright in the stepping-stone order that has been most helpful to her career. She has even made an unsuccessful play for the director, Bill Sampson, Margo's boyfriend. When Eve sings One Hallowe'en she crows "No one worries how you got there/ Once you're standing on the top." Howard, the producer, overhears the last part and introduces some poetic justice. He has uncovered her not-so-tragic past, and tells Evelyn Hinkle that bedroom hopscotch is over. She is to be exclusively at his disposal or he will end her little confidence game in the theatre. Eve has achieved the material success she wanted, but in the process, she has relinquished any redeeming real-life values. Now she's Howard's plaything.

 As Eve becomes more of a public success, Margo becomes more defensive about her own place in the spotlight. Bill tries to convince Margo that love is more important in One Of A Kind. But it isn't until Margo is consoling husbandless Karen, that Margo realizes that there's another life beside the one on stage. Margo understands Eve because she has been motivated by the same sort of ambition most of her life. Seeing herself in Eve forces her to realize that there's Something Greater and Margo sings her love for Bill. Paradoxically, Eve has helped Karen to realize the hollowness of applause.

 

Show Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production Staff

Producer

David Eggebrecht

Director

David Eggebrecht

Stage Manager

Linda Englert Jaeger

Choreographer

Stephen Lockser

Set Designer

Kim Kunz

Lighting Designer

John Dolphin

Costume Designer

Gayle Strege

Sound Designer

Gary Lohmeyer

Assistant to the Producer

Jim Gilliamson

Assistant to the Stage Manager

Bob Kafka

Prop Crew

Anne Marie Cheney

Bonnie Miler

Construction Crew

Chris Otto

Fly Crew

Mark Horaitis

 

Lighting Crew

David Bedwell

Dave Falgetti

Jeff Hartford

Art Rich

Rick Stieghorst

Makeup

Maggie Ley

Publicity

Jan Brunow

House Manager

Donna Kay Kohls

Tom Kohls

Mary Schaefer

Tickets

Bob Kafka

Rosie Peterson

Program

Victor White

 

Cast

Tony Awards Anouner

David Eggebrecht

 

Tony Awards Host

Jim Gilliamson

 

Margo Channing

Karen Steele

 

Eve Harrington

Juliann Sutherland

 

Bert

Lloyd Dreger

 

Harold Benedict

Victor White

 

Buzz Richards

Greg Juleen

 

Bill Simpson

Vincent Rideout

 

Karen Richards

Toni Macon

 

Duane Fox

Doug Nagy

 

Rose

Rosie Peterson

 

Mike

David Handrich

 
 

Peer

Evan Jaeger

 

Bob Patrick Earle  
Stan Harding Nick DeLeo  
Debi Karen Winter  
Danny Burns Jeff Hussinger  
Carol Marianne Kolar  
Margie Margie Kaczmarek  
Cassie Darlene Capek  
Joan Annie Mater  
TV Director Jim Gilliamsen  
Waiter Lloyd Dreger  
Bartender Rosie Peterson  

 

Orchestra

Conductor

Robert Gee

 

Trumpet

Dave Naegele

Eric Nelson

 

Piano

Heather Smart

 

Drums Michael Nowicki  
 

Trombone

Gino Cacchione

Paula Carberry

Ian Szczygelski

 

Bass Rosemary Poetzel  

 

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