Tony Clip 3: Beatrice Arthur (1974)



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Even the most ardent fans of the late Bea Arthur may well never have seen this ultra-obscure performance from the 1974 Tonys. In 1968, having won a Tony as Vera Charles in Mame, Arthur was set to play her first Broadway lead in a show called A Mother's Kisses (which also featured a young Bernadette Peters and a score by The Pajama Game's Richard Adler). It was not to be; the production closed out of town. But by 1974 Arthur had become an unlikely television star, and the Tonys were happy to welcome her "back to the Broadway" to sing this very Mame-ish ballad from her musical misfire.—Adam Feldman

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