A still of Dick Shawn and Renee Taylor in “The Producers,” listed as Buy It Now on EBay for $10.
Note: Eve has discontinued her YouTube Theater, but has consented to have me post the entries she has already written.
I mean, of course we knew Dick Shawn could sing, from The Producers. But I mean really sing, like Dean Martin or Bing Crosby. Old People TV has been showing reruns of The Judy Garland Show (which I am old enough to have seen first-run). He guested on a December 1963 episode which also featured Tony Bennett. Tony—I was surprised to see—was in weak voice that night and strained to hit a few notes. But then I was charmed by this absolutely adorable duet between Dick and Judy:
Gawd, that man had pipes! This is from the aired dress rehearsal, by the way—Judy’s in her casual pre-show outfit. I also recommend you get a copy of the infuriating history of The Judy Garland Show, Coyne Steven Sanders’ terrific gossipy 1990 book Rainbow’s End (avoid Mel Torme’s The Other Side of the Rainbow like the plague, for reasons made clear in Stevens’ book).
As a bonus, I leave you with one of the Punchy Players’ hilarious Judy Garland videos, from 2012: