|designed by Lawrence Ratzkin|
In 1967, my dad Bruce Jay Friedman's play Scuba Duba (A Tense Comedy) opened to rave reviews at the Off-Broadway New Theatre on E. 54th St, and became a huge hit. It was inevitable that the show would spawn a softball team that would play in the then popular "Broadway Show League" on thursdays in Central Park, two games per field, popularized by then Mayor Lindsay.
On my recent "The MAD Show" blog, I posted a photo of "The MAD Show" team of 1967 (The MAD show had been the previous tenant at the "New" New Theatre), featuring, among others, Woody Allen, George C. Scott and Jason Robards. There were no future superstars on the "Scuba Duba" team of 1968, but it still featured some interesting players:
|Scuba Duba team photo (click to enlarge)|
Top row, L to R: Alan Wolfson (IBM engineer), author George Plimpton, New York Yankees president Michael Burke (CBS then owned the Yankees), MAD show writer Stan Hart, The show's star Jerry Orbach, author Bruce Jay Friedman, unknown, Bernard (Buzz) Farber. Kneeling, LtoR: Harry Ufland (William Morris agent, Hollywood producer), Jay Rosenblatt (publisher of Showbill), Bobby Kampf (NJ real estate mogul), Artie Kaplow, unknown. Front: The MAD Show and Scuba Duba general manager Michael Brandman, now an independent film producer and author.
|Opening night ticket|
Learn more about "Scuba Duba" on my brother Josh's blog about the show: