1966

Winter Season - Phoenix Star Theatre

Bye, Bye , Birdie starring Jan Murray
Quick story - show played for two weeks so Dad had script rewritten with Conrad Birdie
 having a back up band - Conrad and the Birdies - Band was a strong local Phoenix band 
know as
the Spiders - Lead singer was Alice Cooper
James Hammerstein, Director  - Michael Bennett, Choregrapher

How To Succeed in Business Without 
Really Trying
starring Rudy Vallee

Unsinkable Molly Brown starring Jane Powell

Pajama Game starring John Raitt

Music Man starring Norwood Smith & Eileen Christy

the King Family Story - March 21-27

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Summer - Warwick Musical Theatre


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An Evening With Tony Bennett & Woody Herman & his orchestra
June 27 - July 2

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A Joyful Noise starring John Raitt  July 4 - 9

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An Evening With Victor Borge  
July 11 - 17



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Carousel starring Howard Keel  - July 18 - 23
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Oliver starring John Austin - TV's Adams Family - 
July 25 - 30




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Pajama Game starring Gene Barry TV's Bat Masterson - 
August 1 - 6
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How To Succeed In Business Without Trying starring 
Allan Jones - Darryl Hickman
August 8 - 13



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An Evening With Jack Benny & Wayne Newton  
August 15 - 21



He was from a generation closer to my parent’s who remember growing up with Jack Benny on the radio. But audiences of every age appreciated Jack’s style and sense of humor. His comic timing was impeccable, even if he was a terrible violinist. But, as we all knew, it was just part of the act that made Jack famous worldwide. His appearances at the Warwick Musical Theatre were very, very special. One time, when Jack was in town, the Bonoff Family took him to dinner and, to my amazement, he picked up the check! “I thought he was cheap?” I said to my parents, who laughed along with the star at my gullibility. Jack’s old black-and-white TV programs still make me laugh. Few may recall his first visit to the “tent”, Jack’s opening act was then another rising star, Wayne Newton, a teenager at the time. 
below are pictures of Jack on stage - they are from our Phoenix theatre in the winter of 1967. Spend a week with Jack in August and 6 months latter spend another week with him. Between dinner at the Great House and the good times in the desert Dad and Mom became good friends with Jack - these shots are cool - happy I found them!
typical pose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think his support act in Phoenix was Bobby Darrin? see below

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An Evening With Phyllis Diller  
August 22 - 28


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This Was Burlesque starring Ann Corio  - 
August 29 - September 10

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THE FINAL SHOW IN THE "TENT"   -     DAD PUT UP PERMANENT BUILDING DURING THE WINTER

this came from a former stage manager - But to tell the truth, no matter what show I'm doing, no matter how big or how good,
nothing can replace the smell of the canvas, the billowing of the tent in the 5:00 PM air,
and the excitement of getting a show up on a warm summer's evening.

DAD HAD THE PHOENIX STAR THEATRE GOING AS WELL -
A LITTLE GOLF TIME WITH ? - BOB TOSKI - JOHN RAITT - DAD