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Where does the credit for "Nat Turner" come from? If you Google "Nat Turner", "Paul Peters" (playwright), and "Richard Ward" (actor) you get two pertinent links. One is to a December 1960 Billboard review, which lists Lloyd Richards in the role of "Willie Witcher", and no mention of Garrett Saunders. The other link is a November 1960 Village Voice review. This seems to be an earlier production in a different theatre where Richard Ward played the lead (presumably "Nat Turner"), whereas in December he had been demoted to playing "Blacksmith Nelson". So maybe Garrett Saunders was replaced as "Willie Witcher" by Lloyd Richards when the show transferred? Anyway, just wondered about the source for this credit for Saunders. Galenfott 16:20, December 10, 2011 (UTC)
- It's in Theatre World (collected in hardback, they're the equivalent of, say, the Film Review Annual), as edited by Daniel Blum. That's why I said "a New York production" (but not Broadway since I couldn't confirm if it was ever performed there) and checking the rest of the cast list, he was indeed in the Richard Ward version (put on by the Arrow Players, which opened on November 21, 1960). The Billboard link you found was actually for December *1950*, Galen, thus why Ward was in a smaller role then. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 01:54, December 11, 2011 (UTC)
- Ah, what a stupid mistake! I thought one month was mighty fast for a recasting and transfer! Thanks, Andrew. Galenfott 02:26, December 11, 2011 (UTC)
To All My Friends on Shore
Oh, and I uploaded to YouTube last night (with of course no legal right whatsoever) his one scene from "To All My Friends on Shore". Don't know if it would be kosher to link to it, or pull a screen grab, or whatever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SlFL_0nFKs Galenfott 22:35, December 10, 2011 (UTC)
"A Day or Two"
Just wanted to mention somewhere that it seems extremely likely that this recording is by the same Garrett Saunders. It was apparently recorded in 1962, and Serock Records was based in New York. I can't find any info particular to the singer of this song. "Our" Saunders had already appeared Off-Broadway in 1960, and went on to do two musicals, including one on Broadway, so it's obvious he could sing well. It would make sense to cast another strong singer alongside Bob McGrath and Loretta Long, and I think this resonant baritone could easily be him. I asked "Where's Gordon", and hopefully he'll ask Saunders' daughters. Galenfott 15:35, December 14, 2011 (UTC)