Sophisticated Ladies

Pay-Per-View Taping (1982)

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Trivia & History

Broadcast live on ON-TV as a pay-per-view showing. It was the first live telecast of a Broadway show while it was still running. The cost per-household was $15 and it was viewed by 62,000. In addition, the telecast was available to about 900,000 pay-television customers as well.

Only three Broadway cast members agreed to appear. The rest of the cast declined and some picketed the theatre on the night of the telecast. The protesters were also joined by cast members of other shows. Members of the national tour were brought in to perform.

The telecast was directed by longtime Tony Awards telecast director Clark Jones.

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