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June Havoc: Exit a Star of Vaudeville

I met June Havoc in 1995 when she was preparing for the off-Broadway production of The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival. We had dinner in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street in Manhattan. June was staying at the historic hotel, home to the famed Round Table, because it was right across the street from the Lamb’s Theatre where her show was in rehearsal. June Havoc died on Sunday at the age of 97.

MusicalFare's "Falsettos"

I adore the current MusicalFare production of the William Finn and James Lapine musical, Falsettos. I did not expect to. When the same company produced the play several years ago I didn’t much care for it. Falsettos is a wonderful piece, but that production, many years ago, was maudlin and seemed to miss its central message.

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