Time Warp 1962: Fabian Shows Star Quality At Pocono Playhouse, Earns Key To Scranton

May 1, 2019 GMT

Aug. 6, 1962: Heartthrob Fabian hit the stage at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome in the comedy “John Loves Mary.” The play, written by Norman Krasna, deals with a young soldier marrying his best friend’s English girlfriend to help her immigrate to the United States. But once here, he finds that his best friend has married someone else. Starring alongside Fabian were Molly Ardrey, Bruce Brighton, Elisabeth Hoffman, Walter Miller, Ed Bordo, Mary Harrigan and Don Shomers. A review of the play said that Fabian was “astonishingly good as the victim” of circumstance. The reviewer went on to say, “I think he shows great promise,” and “I hardly think his attractiveness will be the sole reason for his success as an actor but it won’t be a deterrent.” During the short run of the play, Fabian paid a visit to Scranton, where Mayor William Schmidt presented the young star a key to the city of Scranton in a ceremony at City Hall. Prior to his turn at Pocono Playhouse, Fabian starred in the movies “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation,” “North to Alaska” and “The Longest Day.” He also appeared on the television show “Bus Stop” and “The Gertrude Berg Show.” Fabian was a popular singer with several Top 10 hits to his name, including “Tiger” and “Hound Dog Man,” and he also is credited with appearances on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Fabian wasn’t the only star to appear at the Pocono Playhouse in the summer of 1962. The summer stock season started with Gloria Swanson appearing in “The Inkwell” by Harold J. Kennedy. Tallulah Bankhead performed in “Here Today” by George Oppenheimer, and Carleton Carpenter and Pat Finley starred in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Contact the writer: bfultontimesshamroc­k.com; 570-348-9140; @TTPagesPast on Twitter