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"In Lieu of Reviews"
For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage volumes (covering every New York play, musical, revue, and revival between 1920 and 1950), please check the prefaces to any of the earlier entries beginning with the letter “A.” See the list at the end of the current entry.
BE KIND TO PEOPLE WEEK [Musical/New York] B/M/LY: Jack Bussins, Ellsworth Olin; D: Quinton Raines; CH: Bobby Lee; S: Bruce Monroe; C: Kathy Dyas; L: Anguss Moss; P: J. Arthur Elliott; T: Belmont Theatre (OB); 3/23/75-6/14/75 (100)
A “this-is-what-it’s-like-to-live-in-New York” type show, Be Kind to People Week was a mediocre musical about a woman’s (Naura Hayden) travails in the city as she tries to round up 1,000 signatures to institute what the title signifies. Obviously, New Yorkers are less than kind to her and, after numerous mishaps and scrapes, she gets almost no one to sign.
Lacking were decent satire, meaningful lyrics, comical moments, and worthwhile music. Clive Barnes said, “A typical lyric goes: a smile is up and a frown is down.’ Call it the frowning musical.” The cast included the soon-to-be well known Nell N. Carter.
Abelard and Heloise
Absurd Person Singular
“Acrobats” and “Line”
All My Sons
All Over Town
All the Girls Came Out to Play
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers
And Whose Little Boy Are You?
Anne of Green Gables
Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead
As You Like It
The Au Pair Man
Baba Goya [Nourish the Beast]
The Ballad of Johnny Pot
The Bar that Never Closes
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Beauty Part
The Beggar’s Opera
Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellens