Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Northland Playhouse Sketchbook

Here's a program from July 24, 1956 for the Northland Playhouse.  It features headliner Cesar Romero on the cover...


... and here's the little write-up on Mr. Romero...

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Cesar was the biggest star in this production of  Strictly Dishonorable by Preston Sturges, but there was also a future big star in the cast by the name of James Coburn...



Over on IMDb the TV and Movie credits of James Coburn start in 1957, but here in this 1956 program it says James has worked in television on Paul Coats' Confidential, and in a movie called Beverly Hills Woman - which is a movie that isn't listed anywhere on the net.

Here's the full cast and crew for this production...


I don't know much about the Northland Playhouse, but from what I can gather it was once located on the Northland Center property in Southfiel Michigan.  There's a few historical newspaper shots of the Playhouse I found that were up for auction on Ebay...



As you can see the Northland Playhouse was fabric-like dome that looks fairly temporary.  I think the Northland Playhouse lasted less than 10 years.



Less than 10 years is a safe bet since the above photo is what the Playhouse supposedly looked like in 1960.

Lastly just for fun I found this movie ad in the Northland Playhouse Sketchbook for the classic French thriller Diabolique (1955)


2 comments:

Eric Stettmeier said...

I was just thinking the other day 'I wonder what Caresar Romero looks like without Joker make-up." I never got around to searching online, so thanks for this post! Now I know!

Anonymous said...

I had summer tickets to the Northland Playhouse when I was 15 and 16 years old (1963 and 1964). It was still standing then and many very big names played in the traveling productions. There was a string quartet that serenaded everyone while waiting for the play to begin. It truly was a wonderful place.

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