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Author Evans, Harvey, Interviewee.
Title Interview with Harvey Evans [sound recording].
Imprint 2003.
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 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2380  cassette 1    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2380  cassette 2    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2380  cassette 3    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2380  cassette 4    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZMT 3-2380  transcript    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY


Description 4 sound discs (ca. 265 min.) + transcript (188 leaves)
Note Interview with Harvey Evans conducted by Liza Gennaro at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in New York City, on March 3 and March 11, 2003.
Summary Cassette 1 (ca. 90 min.) 3/3/03. Mr. Evans discusses his childhood, family background and early interest in performing; going to New York and auditioning for shows; first performing experience in the national tour of Damn Yankees; other early auditions and shows; his experience at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Los Angeles; working with Bob Fosse on New girl in town and the relationship of that show to Fosse's later work; joining the cast of West Side story; his feelings and experiences in relation to the union Actors' Equity [Association]; the show Redhead; the film version of West Side story; his experiences working on Mary Poppins and Anyone can whistle.
Cassette 2 (ca. 55 min.) 3/3/03. More on Anyone can whistle; working on various industrial shows and in a nightclub act with Debbie Reynolds; the impact of his early training on this work; the presence of vaudeville in more recent shows; working with Gower Champion; working with Joe Layton; the qualities necessary to be a successful director/choreographer, his experiences with Fosse, Layton and Jerome Robbins in this role; his experiences working on George M!; performing in Our Town, The boyfriend and Follies; the innovative aspects and depth of Follies.
Cassette 3 (ca. 90 min.) 3/11/03. Discusses regional productions of Follies, and more about the show in general; other experiences working in regional theater; performing in Oklahoma! at Jones Beach; changes in the style of performing musical theater; isssues that arise when reviving older productions; changes on Broadway since the so-called Golden era of musical theater (1940s-1960s); joining the cast of Barnum; brief discussion of Michael Bennett and Arthur Laurents; more about changes on Broadway in recent years; the hierarchy of the creative and production team; blacklisting; the changing role of Actors' Equity, the impact of television variety shows on the theater; reflections on his own career; more on the structural elements of putting on a show; Peter Gennaro's work on television and in the theater; briefly about working on Barnum with Joe Layton and directors' strategies for getting better performances.
Cassette 4 (ca. 30 min.) 3/11/03. Continues to discuss the working styles of various directors including Joe Layton, Michael Bennett and Trevor Nunn; his audition for and work on La cage aux folles; the trajectory of his career; working on Damn Yankees; some personal experiences and memories of great performances; his experiences in Scarlet pimpernel.
Funding Preservation was made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002.
Local Note Archive original: *MGZTCO 3-2380 nos. 1-4
Preservation master: *MGZTP 4-2380 nos. 1-6
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 4-3280 nos. 1-6
Subject Evans, Harvey.
Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987.
Champion, Gower, 1919-1980.
Layton, Joe, 1931-
Actors' Equity Association.
Theatrical producers and directors.
Musicals -- Production and direction.
Mary Poppins (Motion picture)
Local Subject Industrial shows.
Musical comedies. Damn yankees.
Musical comedies. New girl in town.
Musical comedies. Redhead.
Musical comedies. Anyone can whistle.
Musical comedies. Follies.
Musical comedies. Barnum.
Audiotapes -- Evans, H.
Added Author Gennaro, Liza, Interviewer.
Donor/Sponsor Oral History Project. Oral History Archive.
National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002.
Call No. *MGZMT 3-2380 [Transcript]
Research Call Number *MGZMT 3-2380 [Transcript]
*MGZTC 3-2380 [Cassette]