Album:Anything Goes: Original Broadway Cast
Eileen Rodgers started out as a band singer but she is mostly known for her appearances in Broadway musicals like the 1962 production of Anything Goes. She retired in the mid-60s to start a family. She was born July 10, 1930 in Pittsburgh. She was a singer for The Charlie Spivak Orchestra in the late 40s and recorded a couple of albums for Columbia Records in the 50s. She had a top twenty hit with Miracle Of Love in 1956. She made her Broadway debut in the 1959 hit show Fiorella! which was about former New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Eileen got some attention belting out the song Gentleman Jimmy. She also appeared in the 1960 musical Tenderloin. Anything Goes was written by Cole Porter and was first staged on Broadway in 1934. When the musical was a hit film in 1956 starring Bing Crosby, it was thought the time was ripe to revive it on Broadway. Among those appearing with Eileen Rodgers were Hal Linden, Mickey Deems and Kenneth Mars. Mars appears on Let's Misbehave. He was a character actor best known for his appearances in several Mel Brooks films. He only appeared in two musicals. The show was a big hit and the original cast album is available as a budget CD. The musical Anything Goes has been revived many times over the years. Eileen Rodgers also appeared in the 1965 notorious flop musical Kelly which closed after one performance. After co-hosting a 1966 Chevy 50th Anniversary TV special with Art Carney, Eileen Rodgers got married and started a family. She never performed again and died on July 13, 2003 at age 73. Here's a video for Let's Misbehave by Eileen Rodgers & Kenneth Mars.