Thursday, April 30, 2009
THE STRUGGLE GOES ON AND A LYRICIST'S BIRTHDAY
"A Little Bit of Broadway" continues to be plagued with problems. And we open next Friday night-- May 8th at 8pm. First my dear partner John got struck down with two abscess teeth that has pretty much knocked him out for a few days, Bronchitis has struck my lead actor, two more actors on existing on Top Ramen noodles and one actress misses rehearsals because her job is in a smoke filled bar that renders her hoarse and sick. Another is so broke, he barely gets to the theatre and work. Then our stage manager has had a boss threaten him with termination-- so he has not been there as he should. Will this show go on? Who knows? On a positive note, today is the 85th birthday of lyricist Sheldon Harnick. Sheldon of course is most closely associated with Jerry Bock on such classic musicals as "Fiddler On The Roof", "She Loves Me" and one that he wrote with the late Joe Raposso ("Sing-- Sing A Song) based on the "It's A Wonderful Life" movie. And today dear Eve Arden would have been one hundred and one. I did think of something witty about those who face upside down mortgages: "I may be under water, but I'm still above ground." Well, pray for us. We are going to need all the prayers we can get.