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On a recent expedition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of
Sound at The New York Public Library, Lost & Found Sound series
producers, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, The Kitchen Sisters, asked
curator, Donald McCormick what treasures were hidden in their
Tennessee Williams and Pancho Rodriquez. New Orleans,
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Courtesy of Virgina Spencer Carr
A home recording of Angela Lansbury's audition with Jerry Herman for the
role of Mame was high on Mr. McCormick's list. But at the top was a
of donated discs that have never been heard by the public - made by
Tennessee Williams at a Penny Arcade in New Orleans in 1947 or 1948.
is quite sure which year it is.
The Kitchen Sisters were as taken with the cardboard recordings as
McCormick. And went on a quest to bring them to air. They traced the
broadcast rights to a lawyer in London, who led them to The University
the South at Sewanee and then to the doorsteps of writer Donald
He and Sandy Campbell, old friends of Tennessee Williams, had found the
discs in a trunk of his things left behind from all the years he had
and gone from their apartment.
The trail led them to the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New
Orleans, where Williams lived during the time these cardboards were cut.
The weekend of May 28th marks the 51st anniversary of the last run of
New Orleans most legendary streetcars, the one that ran by Tennessee's
as he worked on a play called "The Poker Night" - a play he came to call
Streetcar Named Desire".
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