Premiering on Broadway This Week: (l to r) Donnie Ray Albert and Clamma Dale in Porgy and Bess; Mildred Dunnock in Days in The Trees; Billy Dee Williams in I Have a Dream; Brad Blaisdell and Kimberly Farr in Going Up, 1976
In September 1976, there was still enough Broadway activity to have four shows opening early in the season in one week.Porgy and Bess was part of a national tour that opened July 1, 1976., and after its first leg, transferred to the Mark Hellinger Theatre. After four months on Broadway, it returned to its national tour. Dunnock, the original Linda Loman in A Death of a Salesman and Big Mama in A Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, played a successful mother who visits her wastrel son in this Marguerite Duras play at Circle in the Square. It ran for two months. Robert Greenwald conceived of a play about Martin Luther King Jr. in his own words and directed Billy Dee Williams in the title role. It too ran for two months. Going Up was a revival of an 1917 Otto Harbach musical about an aviator that transferred from the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Goodspeed had three other musical revivals on Broadway at the time, capturing the wave of nostalgia that Broadway and the country were experiencing, but this show did not catch on and ran for only six weeks.
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