Monday, October 12, 2009

Dark Monday - Applause

In 1970, the Broadway musical Applause had all the makings of something special. It was based on the story and movie All About Eve, the Bette Davis vehicle many still consider a classic, and one of Davis' best films. The story centers on maturing superstar Margo Channing, who takes in a young actress, Eve, to offer her a helping hand. What Margo didn't realize, but figures out, is that Eve is a ruthless, self-centered wannabe who will let no one and nothing stand in her way. The following clip is the song But Alive, when Margo visits a gay bar in Greenwich Village.

In the role of Margo Channing, actress Lauren Bacall gave a bravura performance which won her the Tony Award, and the show also took home the statue for best musical. A decade later, Bacall would appear in another Broadway musical, Woman of the Year, and Bacall picked up her 2nd Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.


  1. I have heard of the show but I never realized it was based on All About Eve!

  2. Amazing, isn't it? That makes this post both entertainment and educational!



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