The First Puzzle
by Jeff Bowen

Across

1Beginning of a 1978 title (2,7,2,3,8,3)
14What Telecharge can grant (9)
15End of a 1981 title (6,7,2)
16Paige rage? (3,6,4)
23Booth and Ray (9)
28"Hey ____ Friend" (3)
30____ Trousers (2)
31Strange love (5,7)
32Raitt weight? (1,6,5)
35Show word hyphenated with itself (3)
37Super-sighting exclamation? (3,1,4,3,1,5)
42Sofa partner (3)
44Maltby lyric: "___smile, as he stands at my door" (5,2)
45Juan and Eva, e.g. (9)
471984 Hearn need (7)
48Lyrical (7)
49What Lola and Applegate got (4,5)
50Yates or Gibson (7)
51Scripted again (7)
52What Birdie was doing, once (9)
53Comic wish (7)
54Nanette words (3)
56End of a '78 title (6,2,2,3,4)
62Agnt. (3)
66Doomed caveman? (5,7)
69Baker's direction? (4,3,5)
70Robert Shields' partner (init.) (2)
71Not-yet confirmed (init.) (3)
73Time when grain was yellow? (9)
781915 Selwyn play or "Emotional Rescue" band (7,6)
85One who hangs out after curtain, perhaps (8,7)
86Poppa convinced Rusty he was this (9)
87Start to a 1981 title (2,5,6,7,5)

Down

1Ebb's "____ Do it Alone" (1,4)
2Word repeated in a Tesori tune (5)
3Mary of Marilyn (5)
4Taye's bride (5)
5"Soon it's ____ Rain" (5)
6Lorca subject (5)
7Pirates of Penzance main location (6)
8Louise's beau (5)
9Before or after 70 term? (5)
10Backstage squabbles (5)
11"If ____Would Leave You" (4,1)
12Bass' friends (5)
13Post-JFK landing action (7)
17Shenzi or Ed (5)
18Julie Wilson 1970 flop (4)
19Middle name of a Hairspray star (5)
20Part of a Cadillac Theatre title (5)
21Several Aladdin's lamp dwellers (5)
22Name used for all members of a 90's quintet (3)
24Rent for most of 1997 (init.) (3)
25"Ain't it ____, the Heat" (5)
26Truvy or Ouiser hangout (5)
27Times Square feature (4)
29Word with funk or noise (2)
30Jamaica or Madagascar (4)
33Peter or Simon's pal (5,6)
34Musical that features shaded spaces of this puzzle in its name (5,2,4)
35"Colored Lights" Sailing vessel (9)
36The Who's Tommy's Specialist (4,5)
37All-gal Cherry Lane offering of 1994 (6,3)
38Verification act that Ken Billington might perform? (4-5)
39Yeston lyric: "Be Italian, you ____" (11)
40Trailer Park locale, "____ Acres" (9)
41A show moving from LaJolla to Broadway, perhaps (9)
42Matchmaker portrayer (3,6)
43'78 Best Play Tony Nominee (9)
45"What a ____ of Work is Man" (5)
46Post mediocre play body motion, perhaps (5)
55My One and ____ (4)
57Gavotte apparel (5)
58Timbuktu! character religion, perhaps (5)
59Flaemmchen locale (5)
60Repeat a George Hamilton pastime? (5)
61Baldwin and Guinness (5)
63Mekka of The Lieutenant (5)
64Half a role for Hasselhoff (4)
65Hepburn role (4)
66Preferred state for Naked Boys Singing, perhaps (7)
67"____ Got Your Number" (3)
68"____ Bridget" (2)
69Words repeated in a Merrick musical (1,2)
72Lights predecessor in a Patrick Wilson title (6)
73A Holy Mr. Calloway? (2,3)
74Sondheim maid (5)
75Shoeless Joe portrayer (5)
76Kuhn role (5)
77Another 1984 Hearn need (5)
79Shirt size for "Li'l Bit", perhaps (5)
80Material piece Florence Klotz might use (5)
81Oliver's secretary (5)
82Whoop-Up tune, "When the Tall Man ____" (5)
83Harlem's American ____ Theatre (5)
84Playbill.com and Google.com, e.g. (5)


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