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Price: $400.00

VERY GOOD CONDITION

Autographed 7” x 9” glossy autographed photograph by the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist (1966).  Here he is shown with Richard Rodgers and Ethel Merman during the rehearsals of the 1966 New York City revival of “Annie Get Your Gun”, where Merman starred and Rodgers produced.  The press photograph bears the date June 2, 1966 stamped on the verso.  The caption and press release entitled “Song Without End” for a June 5th, 1966 Broadway Berlin special has been partially removed.  An AP photography studio stamp can be seen under the release.

Berlin (1888-1989) was not the original composer of “Annie Get Your Gun”, that had fallen to Jerome Kern, who passed away in November, 1945.  Rodgers and Hammerstein, the producers then went hat in hand to Berlin who at that time was exhausted from endless USO tours during World War II.  He refused, but then agreed and it turned into his best show on Broadway with 1147 performances between May 16th, 1946 and February 12, 1949.  Ethel Merman starred as Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical treatment of her life.  Two songs became show stoppers for her, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and the duet with Ray Middleton, “Anything You Can Do”. 

The first Broadway revival in 1958 did not star Ethel Merman and failed, running for 16 performances.  She was convinced to return to the role for the 1966 revival and a revised score.  The 1966 revival produced by Richard Rodgers was for the opening of the new theatre at Lincoln Center.  The shows was booked as all Lincoln Center shows are for a short run, some 47 performances between May 31, 1966 to July 9th, 1966.  The show then went on a 10 week national tour, followed by an additional 78 performances at the Broadway Theatre from September 21 to November 26, 1966.  A cast recording was made of the revival and enriched revised score with Merman, Bruce Yarnell, Jerry Orbach and Benay Venuta in the cast.

The photograph has a right corner crease which goes through the crease and is priced accordingly, though quite unusual.

IRVING BERLIN - COMPOSER