Honorees at Broadway Salutes hosted at Sardi's on Nov. 7. (Photo: Walter McBride)
Actor Beth Fowler got her big first break in 1970, when she briefly took over the lead role in “Gantry” from Rita Moreno while the show was in previews. Despite having no rehearsal, Fowler knew all of her lines and all of her songs. The one thing she forgot was the stage directions. “I didn’t know you had to remember which way to go off and which way to go on, so I didn’t know my entrances and exits,” Fowler said. “It was a pretty crazy night.” The show closed on opening night, but it gave Fowler an agent and…

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