GOING TOO FAR

No, I don’t mean the right wing this time.

I’m thinking back to Broadway, 1939, and Samuel Raphaelson’s Skylark on the stage of the John Golden theater. Gertrude Lawrence was starring opposite Donald Cook and Glenn Anders. Cook was her advertising-executive husband, Anders a maverick who unexpectedly wanders into her life and inspires her with new ideas.

“I love you,” Anders would announce to Lawrence, much to her character’s surprise as well as the audience’s–so much so that at most performances a hush came over the audience when he said it.

But one night his profession to her didn’t quite go as planned.

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