Favorite Memories Of Doug’s Place?
“The music. All the music. The memories of Bill writing the arrangements and the choosing of the songs that would highlight the emotions of the storylines at the time. In one storyline, Bill came from a circus night at Doug’s Place and came to Julie’s apartment when they were living apart, and to the music of ‘The Carousel Waltz’, he came in and presented a heart to her and it was like a ballet. Julie had taken sleeping pills and didn’t realize he was really there; she thought it was a dream. It was a really beautiful, poetic kind of scene and moment and I treasure having the chance to do that. I treasured the music because it set us apart from all of the other shows. We were the first ones to do it because Bill Bell and Betty Corday realized this was Bill Hayes, who could sing like an angel. What they didn’t even understand was that he could also compose arrangements, never sang off-pitch, knew what he was doing and could do it in three minutes. When music went to other shows, it was oftentimes not so well-performed. We were best!”
The Place To Be: Seaforth Hayes has fond memories of working in Doug’s Place in the early years. Also pictured: Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).