First up: the original fierce bitch Donna McKechnie. Poor video quality, but worth every second to see Miss "no bones or ligaments" McK's brilliance. Notice how much better she is than everyone around her!
One of the great works of art of the second half of the 29th century!
I LOVE this!!!! I wish I could have been there to see this show at the time.
Did you know that Donna auditioned for Dark Shadows while she was doing this show?
Where is this clip from? Ed Sullivan?
In this one, Margo Sappington gets her shot at center stage. She's great, but she's no Donna M. Best part of this video - watch how Barbara Alston in the purple dress kicks the woman behind her at the 1:42 mark. Priceless!
29th = 20th, but it's probably one of the great art works of the 29th century, too, seeing as how it's gorgeous for all time. Thank gosh for Donna McKechnie and Baayork Lee and Margot Sappington! And of course thank gosh for Michael Bennett! Donna McKechnie dances from her center, from her torso, she is so powerful, you can feel the energy just jumping straight out from her abdomen, sorry to sound so clinical. And Kelly Bishop is one of the dancers in the background standing up on an office desk at the end. (She was billed as Carole Bishop at the time.) Also in the chorus is Graciela Daniele.
No video of Sappington in TLT exists on YouTube. That's Stites doing the Sappington role and then McKechnie.
r5, I'm the one who first mentioned Camp in the Fun, Obscure Movie Musicals thread. Love when the boys finally start dancing at 1:57. Even before that, you can tell they're just absolutely itching to get out there!
WOW. Just saw (and heard of) that for the first time ever.
What a knockout performance.
Thank you, OP.
It's always so weird to me the dancing is so amazing and the song itself is beyond awful.
For such a silly song, that is an incredible number! Just jaw dropping for the energy, the choreography and the joy of it all! I remember reading in more than a few places quotes from Donna McKechnie that dancers were going to chiropractors all the time due to that head snap thing they do!
The second video is of Stites . . . who I think looks better than Donna M. She has a better figure just not the long legs. She is also more fluid and natural moving. I noticed that in the Donna M. rendition she gets a shorter dress than the other 2 she dances with. The shorter dress way above the knee is more flattering than their dresses which detract from their figures.
It's just a matter of taste but Stites seems more natural to me and her curvier figure works better with certain moves.
These are from comments at Youtube for the non-Donna video:
[quote] This performance of Turkey Lurkey Time is from season 23/episode 20 of The Ed Sullivan Show which aired 8 February 1970. The 3 dancers in front are Baayork Lee (green dress), Julane Stites (red dress) and Barbara Alston (blue dress). This was confirmed by Shanon Barker at the Stites Performing Arts Center in Portland, Oregon, and by a press photo of Ms. Stites kissing a journalist after her performance….
[quote] Oh wow, the middle dancer is a dance teacher at my school. She was 16 at the time this show was going on and she's 58 now.
Sorry, this is the video I was referring to with Stites above at R18.
Thanks R16, I didn't know a better quality video of the Tonys existed. And my apologies for incorrectly identifying the dancer in the 2nd video. I thought it was Sappington.
The dancer in the McKechnie video is also not Sappington, it's Stites. I also like her lead in the number better than Donna's.
[quote] I also like her lead in the number better than Donna's.
You and about seven other people the world over.
[quote] I also like her lead in the number better than Donna's.
[quote] You and about seven other people the world over.
Amen! McKechnie is McMesmerising.
Was Barbara Alston a member of The Crystals?
Oh, you McKechnieites. I'm sure you put your kaftans on, then attempt backbends with your tape of "Music and the Mirror" blaring in the background.
There's a reason McKechnie never became a star. She's too damn ordinary. At least Stites was cute. McKechnie already had that Broadway faghag look, even as a teen.
She was no ordinary dancer. She may not be anything special as a straight actress.
We will never have another Broadway choreographer like Michael Bennett. Why we haven't had a Michael Bennett review, yet we're getting "Susan Strohman's The Prince of Broadway" is a truly dismal question. If I had the money, I'd finance a Broadway tribute to Bennett with my own money.
r26, McKechnie is anything but ordinary. And winning a Tony for her performance in one of Broadway's most mythological and important shows will always solidify her role in American theatre history. She's had a better career than Rebecca Luker, or even DL favorite Karen Ziemba.
I love this song so much and would never have heard it but for datalounge! it's so cute and festive. How come it never "happened" in terms of being a holiday standard?
Miss Wong of mimeograph!
If only cube-fraus were this lively.
The figure end to the end is truly amazing!
Who the hell did Michael Bennett lose the Tony to that year??
"Turkey" is all about the visuals.
The lyrics are awful, and it is a song that I always skip when listing to the cast recording. Perhaps the worst song that Bacharach/David composed on their own. It's hard to belief that the lyrics came from the same pen as 'One Less Bell to Answer', 'Raindrops Feel Fallin' on My Head', or 'Walk on By'.
But add to it Michael Bennett's choreography, and Turkey Lurkey is part of the Broadway canon.
Did anyone see the Turkey Lurkey number done in the recent Promises revival?
It was like community-theatre compared to this.
Plus shitty costumes and ugly performers.
And why on earth did they move the year from 1968 to 1962?
The sound... the beat... is positively late '60s.
[quote]And why on earth did they move the year from 1968 to 1962?
'Cause they wanted to cash in on the early '60s nostalgia that was gripping the country at the time, thanks to "Mad Men."
The reason this song never happened is because you can't tell if it is a thanksgiving song or a Christmas song.
I thought it was a Christmas song, unless offices have Thanksgiving parties? Also, they reference a partridge in a pear tree, and a mistletoe-ey Christmas.
Maybe Thanksgiving should have a different dish to ensure that Turkey Lurkey Time is a definite Christmas song. I recommend a duck instead of a turkey.
The revival "Turkey Lurkey Time" was awful! Nothing beats Bennett and the original choreography.. and yes, I saw both productions.
Yes I think it is a Christmas song but the turkey reference sounds soooo novembery. Thus this song never happened as it should have.
Promises, Promises - number was set during the office Christmas party.
I can't remember the book I read, but one performer described Michael Bennett's ability of making a dance number really "cum" at the end. I can't think of a better way to describe Bennett's work.
Of course TLT is silly and has nonsensical lyrics, isn't it supposed to have been put together for the party by the three office girls?
Exactly. It's their "bit".
Just an FYI, some dumbass bumped a Turkey Lurkey Time thread from 2010. There are now 2 Turkey Lurkey Time threads on DL. WTF?
turkey lurkey bumpy burkey!
R41, Music and the Mirror certainly didn't cum. It's still the biggest letdown of the show. Bennett's choreography from ACL is surprisingly pedestrian. Most of the work is done by flapping the arms.
Little Baayork Lee is freakin' adorable!
OP, good to know you are a fan boi bitch too.
Surely there is more to discuss!
This is genius.
It brings back a style from the late sixties that was so fresh and looks good even today.
Bennett's choreography here is MUCH better than Chorus Line and this show was much better than the re do they tried a few years ago with Chenowith.
[quote]Was Barbara Alston a member of The Crystals?