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Dear PLAYBILL: I attended the Virginia Theatre recently to see City of Angels and was surprised that I had to climb three flights of stairs to get to the orchestra level. Why is that?
--Jean Reed
Sarasota, FL

The Virginia Theatre (originally called the Guild) was built by the Theatre Guild in 1925 to house its own productions. The auditorium was purposely built on the mezzanine level to insulate it from the street and lobby noises. The lobby is on the street level, and there are three short flights of stairs to the orchestra section.
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Dear PLAYBILL: I love the score for Grand Hotel. Will there be an original cast album soon?
--Timothy R. King
Gaithersburg, MD

Although an original cast album of this musical is planned, it has not as yet been recorded.
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Dear PLAYBILL: I read that Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story will open at the Shubert Theatre in October. Will the show contain new music or songs made famous by Mr. Holly?
--Jeff Duricko
Gouldsboro, PA

The musical (which opens Nov. 4) features songs, by Holly and others, which the young rock' n' roller made famous. 
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Dear PLAYBILL: The revival of Moss Hart's 1948 comedy, Light Up the Sky, at the Roundabout Theatre brings back to mind that Mr. Hart perpetrated a joke when he first wrote it, but I don't remember what it was? Do you?
--John Lheron

Mr. Hart used a quote on the main cast page of PLAYBILL that read: "Mad, sire? Ah, yes--mad indeed, but observe how they do light up the sky." He attributed it to something called The Idle Jeste.
Drama critic Brooks Atkinson fell for it and used the quote in his review of the play. It later turned out that Hart made the whole thing up as a joke on the critics.
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Dear PLAYBILL: Can you tell me if Bring Back Birdie (the sequel to Bye, Bye, Birdie) and A Chorus Line have been published?
--Dorthy Michaels
Auburn, WA

Neither show has been published, although there are plans to publish A Chorus Line. The script and score for both musicals are available to persons who wish to produce them by writing to Tams Witmark Music Library Inc., 560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022.
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Dear PLAYBILL: I took my sixth grade class to see Meet Me in St. Louis, and we were all curious about the trolley car. How did it move onstage, and what kept it from falling off the stage?
--Mrs. Bomba
Brooklyn, NY

The trolley was battery-operated and was driven by Jim Semmelman, the actor who played the Motorman. He controlled its movements.
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Dear PLAYBILL: I am puzzled by a music credit in the PLAYBILL for Tru. It identifies one of the records Robert Morse plays in the show as "The Girl From Ipanema," performed by The Supremes. I have an extensive collection of recordings by The Supremes, but I have never come across that one. Could that credit be an error?
--James J. Gray, Jr.

It's a slight error. The credit should read "The Boy From Ipanema," which was the version sung by the group on their album, The Supremes at the Copa (on the Motown lable).

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