May 16 – 25, 1996
Part of the Seven Minute Series
Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church, New York City
Produced by Hangdog Theater
Directed by Robert Cucuzza
Johanna S. Meyer
Dance Captain: Johanna S. Meyer
Costume Designer: Jennifer Krasinski
Assistant to Mr. Callahan: Herman Eberhardt
Projecting a voice as strong as molten steel, Rebecca Finnegan brings down the house with an old-fashioned show-stopping Broadway number. But wait a minute, who are those people running out on stage? A caveman? A hula dancer? A waiter? A belly dancer? A creepy faceless girl lurking in the background?
In a daring turn bordering on insanity, Hangdog Theater presents a show-stopping musical number from the Broadway flop, "I Had A Ball," as it was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963, three days before the show closed. Recreating the number as best it can (complete with celebrity host Buddy Hackett), this rogue band of performers joyously celebrates voices hitting and missing, dance steps landing in the right and the wrong places, and altogether failing to hit the mark in the same mammoth energetic proportions of the Broadway show's original cast.