Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

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Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 8:49 am

The recent discussion on Ruby Keeler prompted me to find this clip of a scene from the stage production of No, No Nanette in 1971. Ruby was around 61 years old when she came out of a decades long retirement to appear on Broadway. That alone speaks volumes about her as a performer.

Have a look:



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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 9:56 am

Utterly charming! Thanks for sharing this!
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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostSun Apr 09, 2017 9:57 am

Thanks, Danny. She was just magical in that show, and she gave 100% of herself at every performance.
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PostSun Apr 09, 2017 12:57 pm

My favorite in that show is Jack Gilford, who got to sing "I Want to Be Happy"

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PostSun Apr 09, 2017 4:40 pm

Magic! In Oz we had Yvonne deCarlo in the role. There is something about having the big stars come out on stage - they just have a personality that wafts over the footlights and engulfs the audience as soon as they make an appearance. I have seen it happen so many times.

(Pity we can't have yet another revival of "No, No, Nanette" - the modern musicals are not a patch on the ones of old - perhaps also "The Desert Song" can come back?..........wishful thinking!)
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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 5:48 am

As mentioned in the other post, I saw Keeler and Cyril Ritchard in NANETTE at a theater in the round. And that night none other than Wini Shaw (Golddiggers of 1935) was introduced in the audience! I mainly recall Keeler playing a ukulele, and Ritchard doing his patented giggle. Plus a bunch of bouncy chorines.

On a sidenote I also saw FIDDLER ON THE ROOF there, and managed to snag Zero Mostel's autograph. He was very gracious to a nervous sixteen year old.
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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 12:41 pm

Donald Binks wrote:Magic! In Oz we had Yvonne deCarlo in the role. There is something about having the big stars come out on stage - they just have a personality that wafts over the footlights and engulfs the audience as soon as they make an appearance. I have seen it happen so many times.

(Pity we can't have yet another revival of "No, No, Nanette" - the modern musicals are not a patch on the ones of old - perhaps also "The Desert Song" can come back?..........wishful thinking!)


Funny you should mention "The Desert Song" - I watched the 1929 version about a month ago and I've been singing the songs ever since (then I watched "Deep In My Heart" which reinforced those lovely melodies in my brain even further). I would love to see a revival and was wondering if today's 'sophisticated' audiences would embrace it as the public did in the 1920s, without its being 'reimagined' with toilet humor and vulgarity?
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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 12:45 pm

[quote="westegg"]As mentioned in the other post, I saw Keeler and Cyril Ritchard in NANETTE at a theater in the round. And that night none other than Wini Shaw (Golddiggers of 1935) was introduced in the audience! I mainly recall Keeler playing a ukulele, and Ritchard doing his patented giggle. Plus a bunch of bouncy chorines.

On a sidenote I also saw FIDDLER ON THE ROOF there, and managed to snag Zero Mostel's autograph. He was very gracious to a nervous sixteen year old.[/quot

Ruby Keeler AND Wini Shaw both in the same evening? I think I would have died from a stroke (but with a big smile on my face)!
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Re: Ruby Keeler NO NO NANETTE

PostMon Apr 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Donald Binks wrote:Magic! In Oz we had Yvonne deCarlo in the role. There is something about having the big stars come out on stage - they just have a personality that wafts over the footlights and engulfs the audience as soon as they make an appearance. I have seen it happen so many times.

(Pity we can't have yet another revival of "No, No, Nanette" - the modern musicals are not a patch on the ones of old - perhaps also "The Desert Song" can come back?..........wishful thinking!)


I did see a sign advertising a production of No, No, Nanette in San Francisco sometime this year.

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PostWed Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am

Right now there is a production of 42ND STREET running in London's West End with Sheena Easton playing the Dorothy Brock / Ruby Keeler role. Now THAT makes me feel very, very old.

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