- Dallas State Fair
Music Hall -
Dallas After Dark
by Tony Zoppi
Advance Article - -
The girl they call Miss Show
Business comes to town Tuesday night to weave her magical spell at State
Fair Music Hall. By all that's right, it should be a sellout--but
we kid you not. As of this writing, there are many seats to be filled--a
sort of mixed blessing. If you haven't purchased a ticket, you still
have an opportunity to secure a good one. Still, it seems inconceivable
that a city as cosmopolitan as Dallas would let a Garland show leave
town anything less than SRO. We had the good fortune to see Judy in action
just briefly at the Copa in New York last month. It was Sammy Davis's closing
night and almost everyone in his audience was a celebrity of stature.
Sam asked only one to stand up and be recognized--it was Judy, of course.
The crowd cheered and stomped and begged for a song. When Judy asked for
a request, there was unanimous agreement on "Over the Rainbow," and she
did it beautifully. Shep Fields will direct a 30-piece orchestra for the
gifted headliner. Most of the instrumentalists will be members of
either the Dallas or Houston symphonies. "I don't expect to back many shows
of this quality in my lifetime," he said. "I'm assembling the finest
musicians available in Texas for the occasion." Miss Garland will arrive
here Sunday and has scheduled rehearsals both Monday and Tuesday.
'WE LOVE YOU'
Judy Garland's Texas
By Bill Byers, Post Staff
"We love you Judy," rang
a voice from the balcony of the packed State Fair Music Hall Tuesday night.
"I love you too darling."
she said, gently blowing the young man a kiss.
Thus, this city freely forgave
Judy Garland for her last hectic appearance here in 1957 when before a
similar throng of admirers she sang two songs and tearfully left the stage.
"I just can't go on," she
sobbed at the time. Her ailing health was the reason.
Miss Garland did not disappoint
her fans Tuesday. Looking remarkably young and hearty, she sang for more
than two hours and won a rousing standing ovation. She cried again (and
so did many in the audience), but the circumstances were different.
Don Saffran of the Dallas
Times Herald said her reception was only equaled by the frenzied demonstration
staged for Maria Callas' debut here in "Medea."
J. David Nichols, who is
promoting Miss Garland in the state, said that he expected an even more
enthusiastic crowd when she performs at the City Auditorium in Houston
Thursday night. She has never visited the city before, and he is almost
assured of a full house.
Up until the night miss Garland
performed here, Nichols had reason to worry whether her Dallas admirers
had forgotten 1957. Ticket sales were slow until the day of the performance.
The impresario, who is paying
her $20,000.00 for her two Texas dates, was still not sure that she had
fully recovered from her past fears and ailments when she arrived to rehearse
She was having trouble with
her throat (A cold? No one was sure) and a doctor was called in. The jittery
actress was then met by and attorney who had a 1,050 claim brought by a
hotel for a bill delinquent since her last visit here. Finally on Monday,
the case was settled for $750.00.
The night before the show,
her nerves were giving her trouble and she couldn't sleep. So she slept
all day Tuesday, and saw no one but her doctor and her hair dresser, whom
she had brought with her from London.
But she did arrive at the
Music Hall on time. No sooner had Shep Fields and his 30 piece orchestra
(which will also be in Houston Thursday night) finished the overture in
fine style when she stepped out on the stage, glowing with the magic she
is noted for.
Miss Garland, of course,
no longer looks like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" (and it is about time),
but she is still remarkably lovely, reminding you of a plump little porcelain
doll with shapely legs. She is not nearly as heavy as you may have heard,
and her face still has the glow of an innocent, dark-eyed cherub.
After her winning performance
(she sang 31 songs, taking in most of her repertoire except for the "Born
in a Trunk" routine, which she said would take four days to sing), she
turned up at a party in a private club.
Wrapped in an armor of mink
and on the arm of her doting manager (Freddie Fields) she came to relax
and to sip Rhine wine.
Exhausted from the show,
she talked very little. Her plans: A new movie in Hollywood ("I play a
German frau in The Nuremberg Trial") and a debut on Broadway (everybody
from Leonard Bernstein to Jules Stein want to write a musical for her,
and she is considering 5 scripts).
Her funniest story concerned
her recent engagement in London.
"All the British press was
fearful I wouldn't show up," she said. "For days they ran headlines saying
'Will She Or Won't She?' and 'If She Does Show Up Will She Finish?'"
As in Dallas, the 'new' Judy
Garland did show up, and was well received.
Her performance in the City
Auditorium Thursday will begin at 8:15 PM. She says she will be on time
A Love Affair at Music
by Tony Zoppi, Dallas
Judy Garland, alternately
sipping Rhine wine from a tall glass, wiping perspiration from a fevered
brow, and singing her big heart out for a deeply appreciative audience,
exploded the "temperament" myth which marred her 1957 appearance in Dallas.
She orbited a near 3-hour
show which landed gracefully between a couple of adjectival planets called
"charming" and "bombastic."
All the skepticism which
accompanied the possibility of empty seats, unpaid hotel bills, dressing
room explosions and a headliner too ill to perform, went by the boards
the moment the box-office opened. There were lines of ticket purchasers
eagerly seeking the best seats available. It was what the critics like
to call "an artistic and financial success."
As for the indomitable Miss
Garland, she lived up to the title of Miss Show Business this misty evening.
It was a case of love at
first sight when she stepped onstage. The audience gave her a warm reception
and all the backstage nervousness vanished in the few seconds required
to walk from the wings to stage center.
Someone yelled, "We love
"I love you, too," she cooed,
and the stage was set for an evening of music which her audience will long
The first half of the show
was devoted to a wide variety of tunes ranging from an uninhibited "You
Go to My Head" to the soulful "Man that Got Away". There was a touch of
old time jazz in the medley which featured the headliner and nine members
the superb Shep Fields orchestra.
Second half of show was a
nostalgic recollection of tunes which will be as much a part of Miss Garland
as "Some of These Days" is a part of Sophie Tucker.
"Over the Rainbow," "Meet
Me in St. Louis" (sic), "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "Rock-a-bye
Your Baby" and "After You've Gone" were just a few of the all-time all-timers
she unleashed before her cheering admirers.
Many greats have walked the
dusty boards at the Music Hall. None did so with more charm and dignity
than Judy Garland.
The Fields orchestra won
a rare rave from Miss Garland. "I'd like to take them on a coast-to-coast
tour," she exclaimed. She appears next in Houston Thursday in a show also
sponsored by the J. David Nichols organization.