Rehearsal shots from the original 1967 Broadway bound production of “Mata Hari”. When the show debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, producer David Merrick had two other shows playing out of town and came to the realization that without new stars and a new director, “Mata Hari” would die a quick death in New York. Deeming “Mata Hari” helpless, he pulled the plug on the upcoming Philadelphia engagement as well as the scheduled Broadway opening at the Alvin theatre in January of 1968, causing it to go down as one of the biggest disasters in musical theatre history.
Interesting fact: During the climax of the show, the main character is gunned down by a firing squad. After the gunfire, Mata Hari laid on the stage acting dead, the actress playing her itched her nose before the lights went out, causing an uproar of laughter in the theatre.