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Molecule Man: An Atomic-Zany Musical Satire, 1949

Molecule Man: An Atomic-Zany Musical Satire, 1949
"Scotch 'n Soda presents Molecule Man: An Atomic-Zany Musical Satire, 1949, 7th annual production."

Cover of a wonderfully illustrated program for a college musical staged in 1949 by the Scotch 'n Soda Club, a student theatrical organization that's still in existence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The ticket order form (see below) for the show described the production as "a witty satire on comic book writers, [set] against a background of sparkling music."

Molecule Man: An Atomic-Zany Musical Satire, 1949 (Order Form)

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PopKulture
PopKulture
How very cutting-edge!
5 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to PopKulture
Belated thanks! I like the fact that it's both atomic and zany!
5 years ago.
Blinglover .
Blinglover .
Alan, please tell me where you got this program.
The show was written by my husband, Dick Riebling - class of 1949 Carnegie Tech (CMU)
and Bill Putch. Rumor was that Andy Warhola also class of 1949 did the art work.
I don't think he did. My son ended up as the lead in a Scotch and Soda show called carried away quite a few years later. Looked up Molecule Man on the internet as the writer of the music of Carried away was asking me if I had an audio or video of the show. Able to find more about Molecule man than Carried Away.
4 years ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
Thanks for your note. The program for Molecule Man is wonderful, and it must have been a great show to see. I wish that Andy Warhola had done the art work (wouldn't that be something!), but--as you observe--it's not likely that he did.

If I recall correctly, I purchased the program and order form at an antique mall near Fayetteville, Pa., sometime during the last two or three years. I could be completely wrong, but my best guess is that it may have originally belonged to Bill Putch, who as you probably know was the artistic director of the nearby Totem Pole Playhouse for many years (if you haven't seen it, you may be interested in the Web site dedicated to Mr. Putch at BillPutch.com).

Have you checked with the Carnegie Mellon University Archives to see if anyone there might have any leads on audio or video recordings of Carried Away? The Scotch 'n' Soda Collection there apparently includes some recordings, but I'm not sure if Carried Away is among them.
4 years ago.
Blinglover .
Blinglover .
Why didn't I take my boom box to at least record Carried Away? We had no idea Eric was the lead. He showed up at the auditions to play bass in the band.
As for Molecule Man - there is a rumor Andy was turned down as the artist for the cover. It think it ended up inspiring him for his cartoon/comic book phase.
16 months ago.