Friday, March 20, 2015

The Happy Time

Good Idea: Let's turn Samuel Taylor's coming-of-age comedy into a chamber musical!

Bad Idea: Let's shift the focus from the naive nephew to the roguish uncle! And put the show in a giant theater!

Good Idea: Let's cast hearthrob Robert Goulet as the uncle!

Bad Idea: Let's rewrite the uncle so he's a big success instead of a failure who lies about his success to his family!

The result? A book with no stakes, a short run, and a Tony for Robert Goulet.

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