It is 1960. Bob is packing up, preparing to go back to New York, exhausted, after directing a string of eight musicals in eight weeks for a summer stock theatre. The producer of said theatre learns the final show of his season, a touring production of Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Roddy McDowell, has been canceled. The producer, frantic, asks Bob to stay and direct a ninth show - of Bob’s choice - and asks Bob to bring in a star to play the lead. Bob agrees, decides on Frank Loesser’s Where’s Charley and calls his friend Bill Hayes, star of television’s Your Show of Shows. Bill agrees to play the lead role. Bob calls an agent in New York, Sarita Hernandez, who has helped him in a pinch earlier, and she suggests an actress named Roberta MacDonald who had played the leading female role in Where’s Charley the summer before. Bob casts her, sight unseen, and asks Sarita to get her on a plane immediately. (Bob later learns that Bill and Roberta know each other, having worked together in an Oldsmobile Industrial show, and is ecstatic.) The rehearsals are a dream and the show is an enormous hit . . . and Dear Roberta will tell you how they lived happily ever after.
Bob and Roberta at their wedding, playing around at a photo shoot, and sitting on their back porch.
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