The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will be entertained by a musical review of the 1966 musical “I Do, I Do”. The program will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Altus Public Library. The program will be presented by Ken Cox, with the assistance of Nancy Cox and Donna Tucker.
Based on the 1951 Broadway play “The Fourposter” which enjoyed a 632-performance run on Broadway, the two-character story spans thirty-five years, from 1890 to 1925, and focuses on the trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, and hopes and disappointments experienced throughout a marriage. Released in 1966, the musical version, titled “I Do! I Do!”, united two of Broadway’s then-greatest stars, Mary Martin and Robert Preston. The score includes something for all musical tastes from the wedding night innocence of “Goodnight” to the hat-and-can sophistication of “It’s a Well-Known Fact” to the fun vamping of “Flaming Agnes” to the bouncy “When the Kids Get Married” to the ballad “What Is a Woman?”.
One reviewer explained its appeal by writing, “Everyone who has been involved in relationships or marriages has suffered the angst of raising children or suffered through affairs and some are lucky enough to grow old together. The themes are timeless.”
“Given the folks involved in this program, I am certain we’re in for a delightful morning,” said Jennie Buchanan, program chair for the Coffee Cup Bunch. “Our community is indeed fortunate to have talented musicians who are willing to share their
talents with us.”Ken Cox, Nancy Cox, and Donna Tucker are all three music instructors who retired from the Altus Public School system.”
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Altus Public Library. The meetings are free and open to the public.