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James Yaegashi, who plays Father in THE OLDEST BOY, grew up in Japan. “That fact was helpful when it came time to begin work on the play,” Yaegashi told me the other day, backstage, between a matinee and evening performance.
When I asked Celia Keenan-Bolger to name the biggest surprise so far in her work on THE OLDEST BOY, she replied, “The audience.”
As we approach Mary Rodgers’ memorial, to be held this Monday, at New York’s Town Hall, and the imminent Lincoln Center Theater revival of THE KING AND I, I have been thinking about the legacy of R & H – their exuberant days -- and why it continues to exert such a tidal pull on theatregoers around the world.