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Lady in the Dark (1954)

TV Movie  |   |  Musical  |  25 September 1954 (USA)
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mycroftmy Lady in the Dark is a musical with music by Kurt Weill, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was produced by Sam Harris. The protagonist, Liza Elliott, is the unhappy female editor of a... See full summary »

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Liza Elliot
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Charley Johnson
Luella Gear ...
Maggie Grant
Paul McGrath ...
Kendall Nesbitt
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Alexander Brooks
Robert Fortier ...
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Carleton Carpenter ...
Russell Paxton
Stephanie Augustine ...
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mycroftmy Lady in the Dark is a musical with music by Kurt Weill, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was produced by Sam Harris. The protagonist, Liza Elliott, is the unhappy female editor of a fashion magazine, Allure, who is undergoing psychoanalysis. The musical ran on Broadway in 1941, in the United Kingdom in 1981, and was also made into a 1944 film and this 1954 television special. The musical was broadcast on NBC Television on September 25, 1954, as part of an intermittent series under the umbrella title Max Liebman Presents. Ann Sothern played Liza, and Carleton Carpenter played Russell. The musical's theme of psychoanalysis is said to be based on the author Moss Hart's own experiences with psychoanalyst Gregory Zilboorg. Except for the final song, all the music in the play is heard in three extended dream sequences: the Glamour Dream, the Wedding Dream, and the Circus Dream which, to some extent, become three small operettas integrated into a straight play. The final song, "My ... Written by mycroftmy

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The original Broadway production of the musical "Lady in the Dark" with book by Moss Hart, music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Ira Gershwin opened at the Alvin Theater on January 3, 1941. See more »

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Written by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ann Sothern
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A groundbreaking, one-of-a kind work! The grandaddy of American musical drama!
31 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

"Lady in the Dark" is an absorbing, audacious, one-of-a kind journey into musical theater. The use of dream sequences and music in an otherwise serious drama about the self-sabotage of an emotionally-scarred woman is a wonder to behold, conveying more clearly the connections between the mind and a person's actions than more straightforward serious dramas. The music by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin beautifully integrate and propel Liza Elliott's (the main character) inner life to her outer life, showing the different facets of Liza Elliott's character that she is too afraid to show outwardly. The range of musical genres (jazz, ballads, Broadway showstoppers, semi-classical) are arrestingly illustrated in such songs as "This is New", "Beautiful Girl", "My Ship", and the incomparable "Saga of Jenny". Ann Sothern plays Liza Elliott brilliantly. This may well be her finest dramatic performance. Certainly, she conveys the quick wit, savoir faire, glamour,emotional brittleness, vulnerability, and emotional pain that inform the character of Liza Elliott. Hers is an emotionally wrenching and arresting performance. The rest of the cast is uniformly good. James Daly reveals complexity in what could have been a stereotypical role of a womanizer. Sheppard Strudwick conveys gravity and creepiness in his role as Liza Elliott's psychologist. The dances choreographed by Rod Alexander are beautiful to see, though not always well-integrated into the plot. A brilliant gem of American theater and American television! "Lady in the Dark" deserves to occupy a far more visible, important place in the history of American entertainment. It's content and performances were far ahead of their time. It's theme is just as relevant now as it was in the 1940's (when it was on Broadway) and in 1954 (when this television version was broadcast. A must see!


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