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SEVEN BRIDES FOR TWO BROTHERS

Al & Larry Kasha present a stage remake of an MGM musical

Inttttrrroducing the Brothers Kasha--the only Tony- and Oscar-winning brother-act in the business! And next month: Together Again, under one roof for the first time since Brooklyn boyhood. This time the roof is attached to a Nederlander house where on June 25 they begin previewing their first joint Broadway effort--a stage remake of that old MGMusical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

This particular marriage of the theatrical and the cinematic is precisely what you could expect from Al and Larry Kasha. They grew up right across the street from the old Warner Bros.-Vitagraph studio where their folks free-lanced as hair stylists and makeup artists; indeed, while still babies, the boys found themselves in front of the cameras, toiling like troupers in assorted short subjects and featurettes. And, before they were on Broadway, "kid-performing"--Larry in Finian's Rainbow and Al in Annie Get Your Gun.

"It was a very concentrated decade of our lives," Larry recalls. "Seems as though we were always booked doing something -- soap operas and presentation houses and parties -- but, instead of really concentrating on the performing area, the two of us, for some reason, started to withdraw from all that. Gradually, we got more interested in the behind-the-scenes."

Al, the younger, found his special niche -- songwriting -- early on, "when I was about 14 or 15," he estimates. "We came from this high school, Madison High School, that created an incredible amount of theater people--Arthur Miller, Garson Kanin, Jerry Wald, Elia Kazan. In fact, there's an area of Brooklyn between Madison and Lincoln high schools that, in the music business, produced people who've

[[image - photo from Broadway show of woman dancing in front of two other men and one woman dancing]]
Debby Boone and the dancing brothers and brides in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

sold more than 600 million records. Neil Diamond went to Lincoln. Neil Sedaka went to Lincoln. Carole King went to Madison. Barry Mann went to Madison."

Heeding these musical muses, Al hit the rock 'n' roll circuit--under the name of Alfie Weatherbee -- but soon settled into a songwriting groove, authoring hits for such disparate performers as Jackie Wilson ("Talk That Talk"), Charles Aznavour ("The Old Fashioned Way") and Bobby Darin ("Irresistible You"). Eventually, he hitched up with a permanent songwriting collaborator -- Joel Hirschhorn -- and the two went West, striking Oscar gold twice in the Hollywood hills by writing love songs for disaster movies ("The Morning After" from The Poseidon

by Harry Haun

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