Picture of HOLLYWOOD CENTER THEATRE - THE FANTASTICKS ended its five year run at this theatre which is considered one of the oldest small theatres in Hollywood. Gerald was artistic director of this theatre for a 14 year period. Gerald's production of this particular show first opened at the Cahuenga Playhouse, then moved to the LA GRANDE THEATRE and then when it became such an out and out hit, moved to the HOLLYWOOD CENTER THEATRE, for its long run.
DEMONS played for almost twelve weeks on Riverside Drive in North Hollywood. Barry Jenner starred and, at that time, he was guest starring on the hit TV show DALLAS. The producers and Gerald did not see eye to eye on this production, but Gerald learned to work with everybody no matter what.
STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF
STOP THE WORLD I WANT GET OFF: Gerald first opened this extremely difficult and beautiful musical at the IVAR THEATRE in Hollywood seating 357 seats per show. It was so successful that he moved it to the LINDY OPERA HOUSE (1300 seats) on Wilshire Blvd., right in the middle of the miracle mile district in Los Angeles. This billboard was in Hollywood directly over the famous Brown Derby Restaurant on Vine Street just below Hollywood Blvd.
BILLBOARD for THE FANTASTICKS
BILLBOARD for THE FANTASTICKS - these billboards were all around Los Angeles as, at that time, we had reached our 4th year and we were very proud of the fact that we had run that long and were continuing to sell out each performance.
MUSIC MAN MARQUEE
MUSIC MAN Marquee - Meredith Wilson, who wrote this musical, returned our royalty check as he wanted to show us how much he enjoyed the show and felt that the production was doing him a great deal of good and it was his gesture of praise to not charge us for presenting the show. This was at the Figueroa Street Playhouse in downtown Los Angeles. It was also the home of the very elite FRIDAY MORNING CLUB LADIES GROUP.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF picture was in Sacramento where Gerald directed the very famous opera tenor JAN PEERCE. The first time Gerald ever saw an opera was when he went to see Jan Peerce in RIGOLETTO at the Met and now he was directing him. Jan was 76 at that time and still had one of the most magnificent voices Gerald had ever heard. One day in rehearsal, he sang that famous aria from RIGOLETTO for Gerald - La Donna é Mobile. It was a great thrill.