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PTP's 'My Fair

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 29, 1978-Pag 5.
Lady' terrific

The beautiful Embassy Waltz is captured here in Tom Mallow's National Tour of
the musical "My Fair Lady.'"
'Running On Empty'
needs some refueling

D ESPITE inclement weather condi-
tions that forced the PTP to can-
cel the opening night performance
(which would have been Friday), My
Fair Lady opened Saturday afternoon
at Power. The company reportedly
spent the day in Lansing, and let me be
the first to say that the show bears no
obvious sign of their ordeal, except
perhaps one.
Usually a company will truck a show
into the theatre in time for a technical
run-through, but obviously they didn't
have time for that. They were still
focussing lights and marking the stage
floor up until the very moment of per-
So what? They did a lovely job.
MY FAIR LADY is perhaps the best-
crafted of all shows which fall under
the rubric "American musical." It has
all the elements-fine music, gaiety,
dancing, and a heart-rending plot
packed with Shawian wit.
THAT IS also the difficulty inherent.
You have to have performers with that
sense of urbane humor, a Rex Harrison
My Fair Lady
Power Center
Eliza Doolittle...............e.r.....Anne Rogers
Henry Higgins ...................Edward Mulhare
Col. Pickering........................Ronald Drake
Mrs. Higgins .................Marie Paxton
Alfred Doolittle ............... Thomas Bowman
Mrs. Pearce.......................Joyce Worsley
Freddy Eynsford Hill........ Kevin Lane Dearinger
Costumes, Cecil Beaton; Chorography,
Crandall Diehl; Directed by Jerry Adler;
Production designed by Oliver Smith; Musi-
cal Director, Albert L Fiorillo, Jr.
to play Henry Higgins, an Audrey Hep-
burn or Julie Andrews to play Eliza.
The reason this version of the show
was so very good is that Edward
Mulhare projects precisely the same
kind of charm as Harrison (though sings
just as badly), and Anne Rogers, who
played Eliza, has the same frail beauty
and warmth as Hepburn. Rogers has
quite a nice voice, though it tended to go
rather thin at the high notes.

Everyone sang well. The audio por-
tion of the show was very annoying, but
that was because the microphone
volume was turned up far too loud-this
can be atttributed to the technical
problems of moving in a show without
benefit of run-through, a problem likely
to be corrected at all the other perfor-
AND THE actual, planned technical
values of the show were just superb.
The costumes, designed by Cecil
Beaton, were lavish, particularly in the
opening scene, where the well-dressed
gentry are emerging from the opera,
and in the "Ascot Gavotte" scene,
where all were arrayed in black, white,
and gray.
The sets were all of the backdrop
variety, and looked somewhat cheap.
They were mostly illustrative
panels-the only real "set" per se was
in Higgins' house on Wimpole Street,
and even that was disappointing. It
would be impossible to lug around the
kind of sets necessary for this show
with a touring company however, so it
was understandable
Ronald Drake, as Col. Pickering (the
other principal) was stuffy and British;
very understated and amusing. The
show was played in rather understated
fashion throughout. In fact, where it

tended to slow down was in the portions
where the comedy was played rather
too broadly. One example was the
fashion in which Rogers played the
"Just You Wait" number. It vacillated
badly-went from rather dry 'and
amusing to broad and unfunny.
THE DANCING was simply out of
this world. The chorus worked hard,
and the staging of such numbers as
"Get Me To The Church On Time"
could not have been better. The dancing
was choreographed by Crandall Diehl,
and he based it on the original by Hanya
Holm. -
The show managed to convey the
gaiety of the Broadway version, but in
some of the scenes a certain vitality
was lacking. I think the audience and
the players alike tended to treat the
thing as the revered museum piece it is.
It looked and smelled like a terrific
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revival, instead of a new, exciting,
original piece; while it is true that the
show is some twenty-one years oli,
even a revival company should try to
inject the feeling that the piece has
never been seen or heard before.
This feeling was reinforced by the
fact that the principles, (including
Alfred Doolittle, played by Thomas
Bowman) tried to emulate many of thb
mannerisms of their predecessors. Yet
in spite of all this, the show worked.
Bowman was fine, Rogers and Mulhare
were very good; Drake was terrific. My
Fair Lady is a perennial, and an exam-
ple of a show that could never really go

I F JACKSON BROWNE had written a
book about his performing tours and
road experiences, he might have better
expressed the feelings he tries to con-
vey on his newest album, Running On
Empty. Instead, Browne limits a group
of very fine musicians, himself in-
cluded, with redundant stories and sen-
timents about highways, stages and
trucks. Running On Empty is the
product of cross-country travels, with
songs recorded in such unlikely places
as Holiday Inn rooms and a Silver
Eagle bus.
The album is undeniably unique.
Whoever heard of playing a cardboard

super-highway. Along with Kunkel,
Browne's backup-band (called The Sec-
tion) includes Craig Doerge on
keyboards, Leland Sklar on bass and
Danny Kortchmar on numerous
THESE ARE all seasoned touring
musicians, having played with such
popular heroes as James Taylor and
Dan Fogelberg, and Doerge especially
shines on his keyboard interludes heard
throughout the record.
An interesting highlight is the short
ballad "Rosie," recorded backstage.
Rosie is a lonely girl, "sniffing all
around like a half-grown female pup."
Jackson gives her a show pass, and
eventually shares his heart with her.
Side two opens with "Shaky Town,"
written by guitarist Danny Kortchmar,
and the lyrics degenerate quickly from
moanings about one-night stands to en-
tire stanzas of CB lingo. One can hear a
tight band in there somewhere, but this
is overshadowed by the monotonous
story-telling and Browne's vocals, his
weakest to date.
With "The Load-out" and "Stay,"
Browne gives his impressions of
audience and music. Whereas most
people don't have the experience- of
touring with a rock bandl, one can easily
relate to the atmosphere of a concert's
end when, in "The Load-out," Browne
says goodnight to his fans:
Tonight the people were so fine
When they got up on their feet they made
the show
and that was sweet -
But I can hear the sound
ofs/amning doors and folding chairs
and that's a sound they'11/neverknow.
Browne accompanies himself on piano,
and the song's simple message is the
album's most meaningful. "Stay" is an
audience participation number with a
sound reminiscent of old Motown. A
true sense of spirit arises, as it should
on a love album, when the band says

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VD epidemic stalled;
complacent attitude'
could endanger gains

Running On Empty
Jackson Browne
As run 61"I1I3
box on. a moving bus- "somewhere in
New Jersey," or drawling through a
ballad about cocaine-written by the
Reverend Gary Davis-sounding like a
half-stoned steer "somewhere in a
boring field?" It's all here, along with
several more standard creations.
The title cut, "'Running on Empty," is
an upbeat, driving tune recorded befoe
a very live audience. With Russ Kunkel
providing his customary rock-steady
base tempo, the song succeeds at con-
juring up the image of a fast-paced

Carter, Sadat will
meet at Camp David

ATLANTA (AP)-Sexual sleuths,
tracking gonorrhea and syphilis from
partner to partner, helped make 1977
the first year in two decades in which
the number of cases of both venereal
diseases declined.
But gains in the war on VD could be
wiped out if fighters fall prey to the
complacency that stifled past efforts,
warns Dr. Paul Wiesner, director of
venereal disease control at the national
Center for Disease Control.
The 1977 figures 'are 996,883
gonorrhea cases, down from 1,002,098
the year before, and 20,447 primary and
secondary syphilis cases, down from
23,724. Wiesner said the drop had a lot
to do with another figure-the $32
million Congree spent on VD control
last year, the most ever.
"THE FIGURES reflect the control
effort," Wiesner said in an interview.
Compare graphs of federal grants with
those of incidence of sexually transmit-
ted diseases "and you'll see that as one
goes up, the other goes down," he said.
Wiesner noted that President Carter
has proposed continuing the $32 million
He said much of the grant money has
gone to hire and train sexual sleuths
"to work with people who might have
been infectious and exposed other
"They have to be sure those people
get treated before they spread the
disease through new sexual contacts.
They have to assist them to get their
sex problems treated."
MOST IMPORTANT, he said, there's
the tricky problem of getting them to
identify sexual partners.
"You have to be able to relate to
people," Wiesner said. "And you need
training that takes a lot of time and a lot
of money."

The federal money goes to states and
big cities based on factors that include
poverty levels and reports of VD in
those areas, Wiesner said. State and
local clinics often concentrate on
diagnosis and treatment, and when
they combine with federally supported
prevention efforts "it does a lot to
heighten the awareness by the general
public," he said.
GONORRHEA AND syphilis have
declined at various times in past years,
particularly in the 1960s, Wiesner said.
"But they made the mistake of talking
about a 10-year eradication program,
and when the 10 years were up, they
eased off. They hadn't eradicated it."
Rapidly rising VD incidence followed
in the 1970s, and even the least
decreases have only chopped totals
back to about 1970 levels. Growing
population, apparently increasing
sexual contact among young
Americans and decreasing reluctance
to report what were once haltingly
referred to only as "social diseases"
are all factors that logically would
lead to rising reported incidence.

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(Continued from Page 1)
Egypt's foreign minister said yester-
day he doubts any Egyptian-Israeli
agreement on peace principles will be
agreed upon during President Anwar
Sadat's upcoming visit to the United
Foreign Minister Mohamed Ibrahim
Lamel told reporters negotiations could
continue for months because of "a big
gap" between Egyptian and Israeli
positions. The message introduced a
note of pessimism to reports from
Washington and Jerusalem that Israel
and Egypt were near agreement.
Kamel's Israeli counterpart, Mosha
Dayan, told Israel radio yesterday that
Israel and Egypt were more than half-
way towards reaching accord on the
declaration' of principles-the main
stumbling block to re-opening Egyp-

tian-Israeli political talks which broke
off abruptly Jan. 18.
"These are very important
negotiations and they ought to take
their time," Kamel told reporters at the
Foreign Ministry. "It could be months.
It could be more. It depends on the
other party's readiness to reach a
peaceful and comprehensive set-
Asked if President Carter and Sadat
would be producing any agreement at
their summit, Kamel replied, "I don't
think so."
Powell and the State Department of-
ficials said there are no plans for
Israel's Prime Minister Menachem
Begin to make a parallel Washington
visit soon. He is already scheduled to
visit the United States in late April
during Israel's 30th anniversary.





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