Broadway: Goodbye Mary, Hello Richard

There was nothing contrary about Mary, Mary. When Jean Kerr's comedy closed last week after 196 weeks and 1,572 performances, it had taken in nearly $6,000,000 at the box office another $4,000,000 from the touring company, and $400,000 from Warner Bros. for movie rights. Was Author Kerr, whose more serious Poor Richard had opened to mixed reviews a week and a half before, sorry to see Mary go? "It did $18,000 last week, and it's sort of sad it has to close," she said. When did she feel Mary's lease on life was running short? When the curtain...

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