department of Lara Parker's first major New York play capitalized on
her popularity as Angelique. (While the show was in production, Lara also having fun as a prominent part of the present-day 1968 storyline -- Angelique was a vampire, tormenting Joe Haskell and others.)
27, 1968, the day Woman is My Idea rehearsals started,
an item ran in the New York Daily News with a photo of
Lara, with the caption "Lara Parker to Bow on Broadway."
Parker, who has been playing a running role as a scary witch in
daytime television's Dark Shadows series, will make her
Broadway debut as the femme lead in Woman is My Idea,"
wrote the Daily News' Lee Silver. "Apparently Miss
Parker has not been typecast. She has been assigned a love interest.
[She plays] a Morman maiden who sets her cap for a prominent Mormon
Woman is My Idea, was a
comedy set in 1870s Utah -- where many Mormons had many spouses.
In the play, Lara’s character,
a lovely orphan named Emily Wendridge, developed pneumonia and
seemed to be on her deathbed. John Rocky Park, who had managed
to stay single while all his friends married, took pity on the
girl’s dying wish for him to marry her so she’d have
a husband in heaven. In a predictable plot twist, of course Emily
recovered and the reluctant groom was eventually won over by her
critics were captivated by Lara. Cue magazine called
her "enchanting," and the New York Times' Clive
Barnes said her "spectacular radiance...charmed even while
it made the reluctance of her partner all the more incomprehensible."
the play itself got bad reviews. It lasted for only 15 performances
(10 of them being previews) before closing at the end of September
For more stories about
the Dark Shadows cast, read Barnabas & Company,
available on Amazon.com.