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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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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Remake of All About Eve (1950) See more »

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The Best Night of My Life
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Penny Fuller
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A Little More Care Might Have Been Taken with this one...
16 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

APPLAUSE, the Broadway musical based on the classic ALL ABOUT EVE, was hastily filmed for television in 1973. The show first appeared on Broadway in 1970 and won Lauren Bacall a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. The story definitely lacks the bite of the original, obviously because it's a musical, but it's still the same story of Broadway star Margo Channing (Bacall) taking a star-struck fan (Penny Fuller) under her wing who pays her back by trying to take over her life. This production seems to have been thrown together in sort of a hap-hazard fashion and Bacall and company deserve better. The score by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse (BYE BYE BIRDIE) includes "But Alive", "The Best Night of My Life", "Backstage Babble", "One of a Kind", and the classic title tune. Bacall works hard at making Margo likable as does Larry Hagman as Bill Sampson, Margo's much younger boyfriend. A curio to be sure, but worth a look if you can find it.


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