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THEATREGOER'S NOTEBOOK
SPRING LOOKS LIKE A BRIGHT NEW SEASON ..... BY JOAN A. RUBIN

Adler + Harnick + Rodgers + Yellen = Rex...Rex, a $750,000 musical about Henry VIII, is the sum total of the efforts of four very important men in the musical theatre. In case you're wondering about the division of labor, Richard Adler produced the show, Richard Rodgers wrote the music, Sheldon Harnick contributed the lyrics, and the play is Sherman Yellen's work. Opens 4/20 with Nicol Williamson.

Acting Sisters... Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave, both on New York stages, are a far cry from a sisters' act. Lynn is appearing (until April 4) in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Vivian Beaumont. Vanessa opens March 18 in Circle in the Square's The Lady from the Sea by Ibsen.

More Morse... Robert Morse, like Peter Pan, will always be young, bumbling and endlessly endearing. In So Long, 174th Street (scheduled to open in April), he yearns to be an actor, while his parents are opting for "my son the druggist." There's music and lyrics by Stan Daniels.

Double Hit for Alan Jay Lerner... On March 25, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady will open at the St. James Theatre. Believe it or not, it's been 20 years since Eliza Doolittle came into our lives. This time Ian Richardson will be Prof. Higgins, while Ms. Doolittle will be played by Christine Andreas, a 24-year-old Camden, N.J. girl whose father is an IBM engineer.

Then on May 4 Mr. Lerner's new musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (he did book and lyrics; Leonard Bernstein did the music) moves into the Mark Hellinger. In this show Ken Howard, a John V. Lindsay look-alike, gets a lot closer to the White House than our ex-mayor ever did. Mr. Howard plays all the presidents from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.

What's a Moe Septee?... Sounds just like an acrostic, doesn't it? Actually Moe Septee is the name of a Phila. based producer, who has plans to make Broadway his street. On March 2, his Bubbling Brown Sugar (a musical tour of Harlem nightlife from 1910 to 1940) came into the ANTA Theatre. His production of Zalmen, or the Madness of God, a new play by Elie Wiesel, about the problems of maintaining Jewishness in Russia, is scheduled for a New York premier later this month. And in the planning stage is Mr. Septee's all-black Guys and Dolls.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Certainly not Edward Albee. That's the play that made him rich and famous. And now he's not only agreed to a B'way revival, he's signed up to direct it. Virginia Woolf is scheduled to open during the week of March 29 and it will be Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara, who "get the guests."

Simon Suite... Rumors to the contrary, Neil Simon has not deserted the theatre. We can look forward to a quartet of plays called California Suite sometime in June. The segments take place in the Beverly Hills Hotel and are titled "Visitor from New York," "Visitor from Phila.," "Visitors from London," "Visitors from Chi."

Julie and Emily... "I am growing handsome very fast, indeed. I expect I shall be the Belle of Amherst when I reach my 17th year." Emily Dickinson wrote those words and you can be sure Julie Harris will recite them in the new romantic play The Belle of Amherst about the life of our most famous poetess.
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LEFT: Christine Andreas and Ian Richardson
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