Friday, January 25, 2013

A quarter century ago

In the mid 1980s, a NY actress was in Portland and happened to see my play based on the life of Moliere, The Comedian In Spite Of Himself (later rewritten as Sad Laughter). She was so impressed with it that she wanted to be in it -- in NY. To this end, she got a copy of the script from the theater company and sent it to her buddy, the legendary producer/director Hal Prince.

Later Prince sent me a short note about the play, calling it "first rate work." Then he excused himself from involvement because he was busy with an obsessive project. In a few years, this project would open. It was Phantom of the Opera, which now has been playing for 25 years on Broadway.

Well, if one is going to "lose out," might as well lose out to the best ha ha. And there's nothing wrong with Prince praising your work.

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