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Monday, September 26th, 2016
35 Years Ago Today

Here's a commercial for Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago, which at the time of this airing was held over for one more week. The commercial was made during its 1976-78 run on Broadway in New York City. (The reference to the original cast album on ABC Records at the end of this commercial is a clue as to its production origin, as by 1981 ABC Records no longer existed, having been sold by the network in 1979 to, and its artist roster absorbed by, MCA Records.)

Main voice over by Adolph Caesar. Ending voice over by Janice Gears Kos.

This aired on September 27, 1981.

Your Arms Too Short To Box With God at the Studebaker Theatre (Commercial, 1981)

Here's a commercial for Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago, which at the time of this airing was held over for one more week. The commercial was made during its 1976-78 run on Broadway in New York City. (The reference to the original cast album on ABC Records at the end of this commercial is a clue as to its production origin, as by 1981 ABC Records no longer existed, having been sold by the network in 1979 to, and its artist roster absorbed by, MCA Records.)

Main voiceover by Adolph Caesar (?). Ending voiceover by Janice Gears Kos.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, September 27th 1981 during the 10:45pm to 11:15pm timeframe.

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I always regret that I never went to see this.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, November 10th 2012 at 10:51am.

The original Broadway run in New York City ran from December 22, 1976 to January 1, 1978.

It was revived on Broadway in 1980 and 1982 for brief runs.

The musical is based on the Book of Matthew in the Bible.

Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, November 10th 2012 at 10:22pm.

One of the Broadway revivals (I.I.N.M., from 1980) co-starred Al Green and Patti LaBelle.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, November 11th 2012 at 4:34am.

In the early 2000s, MCA Records merged with Geffen Records.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Sunday, November 11th 2012 at 9:50am.

I remember the guy singing, "We gonna have a good time." Good to see this again. Now if someone could find the commercial for "One Mo' Time" at the Blackstreet Theater.
Comment posted by 4thtroika on Thursday, November 15th 2012 at 11:18am.

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