ABC Stage 67

Evening Primrose

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/16/66
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  • Episode Description
  • This original musical, with songs by Stephen Sondheim, is a story about a poet, Charles Snell, who decides to drop out of society and live, secretly, in a department store. To his surprise he finds a group of people already doing just that. The catch is that once inside you must stay forever. Errant group members disappear only to reappear later as store mannequins. He meets a young lady, Ella Harkins, and the two fall in love and prepare to leave. The show ends with a shot of a new bride and groom mannequin in a store window. Songs included: (If You Can Find Me) I'm Here - Tony Perkins / I Remember - Charmian Carr / When - Perkins and Carr / Take Me to the World - Carr and Perkins. Music arranged and conducted by Norman Paris, assisted by David Shire.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Collier (I)

  • James Goldman

  • Willard Levitas

  • Paul Bogart

  • John Wells (III)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Sondheim's only musical for television

    By tallactor, Dec 11, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (4)

    • This program is one of the most requested for viewing at the Paley Center For Media in New York City.

    • The show was taped on location at Stern Bros. Department Store in Manhattan.

    • This episode only survives in a black and white copy. A soundtrack recording was released in May 2008 on the Kritzerland label in a edition limited to 3,000 copies. A studio cast version was released in 2001 on Nonesuch Records.

    • The story was done on the CBS radio show "Escape" three times: 11/05/47 with Elliot Lewis, 09/12/48 with William Conrad and 08/25/49 with Harry Bartell. Each production used the same script but different casts.

    Trivia (1)

    • This was released on DVD by Entertainment One on October 26, 2010, the show is in black & white (the only version known to exist) but it does include test footage that is in color, along with interviews with director Bogart and Charmian Carr.

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