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Applause (1973)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  15 March 1973 (USA)
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An aspiring actress, whose sugar-coated appearance belies her ruthless drive, worms herself into the life of an aging star and schemes to replace her on the stage as the star of a new play.

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Penny Fuller ...
Sarah Marshall ...
Robert Mandan ...
Howard Benedict
Harvey Evans ...
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Rod McLennan ...
Buzz Richards
Debbie Bowen ...
Debbie
Bob Sherman ...
Bert (as Rob Sherman)
David Knight ...
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James Berwick ...
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An aspiring actress, whose sugar-coated appearance belies her ruthless drive, worms herself into the life of an aging star and schemes to replace her on the stage as the star of a new play.

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The original Broadway production of "Applause" on which this television production is based opened at the Palace Theater in New York on March 30, 1970, ran for 896 performances and won the 1970 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. Using the London cast, this filmed production cast includes Lauren Bacall, Penny Fuller and Robert Mandan from the original Broadway cast. See more »

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Version of All About Eve (1950) See more »

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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Lauren Bacall and chorus
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Wow, found old Reel to Reel Video in School files, WOW!!!
25 January 2003 | by (Milwaukee, Wi. USA) – See all my reviews

Why Broadway, and Hollywood and Tv Fight to keep some of these American Gems off DVD or Tape bewilders me. This is all but forgotten by even the best memoried Baby Boomers. Well, digging through old tapes, I found this "APPLAUSE" STARRING: Lauren Bacall, Larry Hagman, et al.

Now WHO would not pay to see "APPLAUSE" with it's ORIGINAL LEADING STAR? "APPLAUSE" is great, even after 30 years tucked away on a shelf. This find made my day. From the brilliant writing adaptation of "All About Eve", to the effervescent score. This Musical retelling of the Bette Davis classic is overpoweringly Superb. Lauren Bacall at her best! The production was done true to the original. That alone is worth seeing it again. Even on tv. But, in a theatre, on a big screen would be even better.

"What is it that we're working for?, Applause, Applause..." Love those classic Musicals, or hate them, I think you'd all LOVE APPLAUSE! Now, let's get it released on DVD. I'd sell my soul to see the ORIGINAL "HELLO,DOLLY!" with Carol Channing on DVD. Perhaps if Hollywood stayed true to the original work, Musicals would have lasted as an art medium. If you ever get a chance to see this GEM, DON'T Pass it up!


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