Thursday, March 06, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WE REMEMBER LOU COSTELLO




Today we celebrate two birthdays. The first is for the very much alive Stephen Schwartz who turns sixty years old today. I wrote him a very nice "happy birthday" note and he responded personally. That was a very classy thing to do. Of course, Mr, Schwartz has had an amazing comeback these last seven years with smashes like "Wicked" playing all over the place. Today would also have been the birthday-- the 100 birthday, no less of the late great funny man, Lou Costello. What an amazing and brilliant comedy mind and talent. I remember seeing all the great Abbott & Costello Costello comedies as a kid. My favorite was "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" which co-starred Boris Karlof, Lon Chaney and of course Bela Lugosi. John and I had three entries for the ASCAP musical theatre workshop today which we hope they will select at least one of these for us to showcase in late April. They are "Sevenly", "The Runaway Heart" and "A Little Bit of Broadway"-- all fingers and toes crossed. I haven't been this proficient in writing in a long long time! John Nugent goes for a great job interview tomorrow-- so all fingers and toes crossed for that one too. It's getting a little busier at work--thank goodness! Well, until next time!