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Their Second Most Favorite Tony Award

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[[caption]]Mary Martin's second most favorite Tony went to co-star Robert Preston (I Do! I Do!)[[/caption]]

Twenty years ago when the Tony Awards went public - via TV - the evening was co-hosted by that I Do! I Do! duo, Robert Preston and Mary Martin, and it was that evening - in Mary's opinion - that "possibly the most meaningful Tony Award ever received by anyone" was passed out. To her co-star/co-host, of course. "That was the first time we worked together on the stage - we'd made a couple of films together - and it was a constant joy. The funny thing about that Tony evening was that, after he won the award, they announced the nominees for Best Actress in a Musical, and he looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and winked as if to say, "Okay, Cookie - we're both going to win it this year.' Then he opened the envelope and announced the winner: Barbara Harris for The Apple Tree. And there I was, standing at the podium. I thought it was very amusing because I didn't expect to win - but I was so happy for Robert. I love him dearly."

Another Legend heard from: Carol Channing has her own particular pet Tony - the one that was awarded Jerry Herman a couple of years ago for his La Cage aux Folles score - and she reads a lot into that. "After winning two Tonys for Hello, Dolly! more than 20 years ago," she says, "Jerry has repeatedly come up with one delicious musical score after another. Winning for La Cage confirmed that he's the Irving Berlin of our time."

If you polled Tony winners for their second most favorite Tony - as PLAYBILL did recently for this, its second annual Tony Awards issue - you come up with quite a checkered response. Everybody's a critic, it seems - even, maybe especially, showfolk.

Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Green at least keep it all in the family. "I am the wife of a multi-Tony winner," confesses Phyllis Newman up front. "In my completely biased and loving opinion, he has deserved every one of them. I have watched him spend almost every day of his life, since we've been married, working at his craft. He and his partner, Betty Comden, have never lost their enthusiasm for, and devotion to, the theatre."

Conversely, it should come as no surprise the Tony that Green finds "most thrilling" is the one his wife won for her performance at Martha Vail, the girl in 

MASTER THEATRE QUIZ - #1 Al Pacino won his first Tony Award for (a) The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (b) American Buffalo (c) Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? 

by Harry Haun


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Welcome Home, Barbra!

After winning seven Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, 11 Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy and a Tony, Barbra Streisand chose 1986 as the year to come home. "The Broadway Album", Barbra Streisand's long awaited return to her roots, is a roaring success.

Now, be there for The Making of "The Broadway Album" on Barbra Streisand's brilliant home video program, "Putting It Together." Here is behind-the-scenes footage of the closed door recording sessions, featuring Barbra performing such show stoppers as "If I Loved You" (from "Carousel") and "Putting It Together" (from "Sunday In The Park With George"). The program also includes the hit video of "Somewhere", directed by Oscar winner William Friedkin. A rare and intimate interview, conducted by Friedkin, plus cameo appearances by director Sidney Pollack and composer Stephen Sondheim are a few of the additional highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime home video event.

"Barbra has given us an album in which singer and song are worthy of each other. They are the best. And here we have a videocassette which documents it all." ALAN AND MARILYN BERGMAN


[[image: color photograph of "Putting It Together" videocassette box, with a woman's straw hat (the hat Streisand wears in the video cover photo) perched atop. Next to the box is a lighted floorlamp, and next to that a red velvet theater curtain.]]

Now appearing in digitally processed audio on VHS Hi-Fi and Beta Hi-Fi videocassettes

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