Advice from an Expert: Vol. XI. The guy who placed the Subways are for Sleeping ad speaks!
Oh how I love the internet. It gives you the chance to speak to so many people that you would otherwise never have the chance to, and learn from them.
Perfect example . . .
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about The Balloon Boy and his dad’s stupidity. In the same blog I referenced the infamous David Merrick Subways are for Sleeping stunt.
Today I got an email from a gentleman who was the Production Director at The Blaine Thompson Company, a powerhouse ad agency who repped Broadway shows from 1938 – 1977 including the original productions of Gypsy, Pippin, Hair, A Chorus Line, and yes, Subways are for Sleeping.
This gentleman was directly involved with the Ad Heard ‘Round The World, and with Mr. Merrick himself, and was kind enough to share his story in an email to me.
I convinced him to put the story into a comment on the blog itself for all of you to enjoy.
Here it is. A piece of theatrical history, brought to you by the power of the internet and by people willing to share their story (which is what theater is all about, isn’t it?).
Click here to and scroll down to read the comment from Ron.