Down front to review the play for the Times, Kerr again had only good things to say about her performance. “It was almost as if he felt that I was his discovery,” remembered Allen. “In a way, I suppose I was.” The play was a smash outdoors in Central Park all summer long. It then moved indoors to Broadway for a run of 627 performances and ultimately to Los Angeles where it played at the Ahmanson Theatre.
In a way, I suppose I was
Allen moved permanently to the west coast where her agents were determined to sell her as the new Diana Ross or Lola Falana. She, on the other hand, wanted to be a fully-rounded actress and demanded that they find dramatic roles for her. She guest-starred on Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, The Trials of Rosie O’Neil, and many other hour dramas.