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Dear PLAYBILL: While enjoying Cats at the Winter Garden recently, I was surprised to see that the audience was permitted to visit the stage during intermission. Can you tell me if any other Broadway shows have allowed audiences to come onstage during intermission?
-Robert J. Ramos
Staten Island, N.Y.

Godspell permitted audiences to visit the stage during intermission and free wine was served. Years ago, in the 1920's, the popular revue series, Earl Carroll's Vanities, invited audiences onstage to dance during intermission, with a full orchestra providing the music. 
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Dear PLAYBILL: Can you tell me if Richard Harris ever recorded his revival of Camelot?
-Mary Fox
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Yes. According to the record department of Doubleday Book Shops, Richard Harris and the cast of that revival recorded the musical on two labels: That's Entertainment and Varese Sarabande. Double-day has the latter album.
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Dear PLAYBILL: Please settle an argument. I say that more women attend the theatre; my friend says more men. Who's right?
-Lois Campagna
Ridgefield, N.J.

According to a survey conducted by PLAYBILL in 1983, 52.4 percent females attend the theatre and 47.6 males. 
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Dear PLAYBILL: When a drama critic goes to a show to review it, can he take a friend along?
-Alexander Alwyn
Hillsdale, N.J.

Critics are given two tickets for each show they review and they can take anyone they please with them. One former critic, however, always attended alone and used his other seat to put his coat on.

Dear PLAYBILL: I have recently become aware that an artist named FRAVER created the posters for three musicals running on Broadway this past season: Sunday in the Park, Baby and My One and Only. Can you tell me about this artist?
-M.L. Devine
Fleetwood, Pa.

The artist's real name is Frank Verlizzo and he is with the advertising firm of Serino, Coyne & Nappi in Manhattan. For his professional name he took the first three letters of his two names and formed the acronym FRAVER.
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Dear PLAYBILL: I once saw a very charming play about a boat captain who decides to take his passengers to an island in the Caribbean instead of the intended destination: Coney Island. Can you tell me which play I'm thinking of?
-Helene Dansker
Lakeland, Fla.

The play was Excursion by Victor Wolfson, which opened at the Vanderbilt Theatre on April 9, 1937. Actually, the captain, played by Whitford Kane,took his passengers to Coney Island, but on the return ship, they seemed so unhappy that he decided to give them a treat by sailing to a Caribbean island. Shirley Booth was also in the cast.
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Dear PLAYBILL: Can you explain to me why Sunday in the Park with George, which is about the artist Georges Seurat, spells its leading character's name "George" instead of "Georges"?
-Jennifer Lara Frisch
Great Neck, N.Y.

According to the Press Representative for this musical, the show is loosely based on the life of Georges Seurat and its creator preferred to stress this point by naming their hero "George" instead of "Georges."
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