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Is Nothing Sacred In Musical Theatre? Not If The Author is Dead!

Is Nothing Sacred In Musical Theatre? Not If The Author is Dead!
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Will the Shriner’s scene be cut, because if anything is sexist this is. Plus Rosie has just gotten drunk, due to the fact Albert choose his mother over her. Hmmm how are they handling that?

The musical  will close with the climatic Ed Sullivan Show performance, which originally appears at the end of the stage show’s first act.
Book writer Michael Stewart is gone. He dies in 1987, but before he did Mr. Stewart bemoaned the fact that musical-book writers did not get the kind of appreciation accorded composers and lyricists. ”I don’t know why any bright person would want to be a musical-book writer,” he said in an article in The New York Times in 1979. ”You’re scorned by critics, you get no recognition from the public, and the money isn’t that good, either. I feel I’ve written two classic American musicals – ‘Birdie’ and ‘Dolly’ – but both books got terrible reviews.” Now his work will be changed without his consent, just like Arthur Miller’s work was and Miller was adamant that his work not be changed.
If you are going to revive a classic, why can it not stay as written? After all Stewart won the Tony for Best Book for both Birdie and Dolly. When will an author’s words be allowed to be protected and “PC” free?
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell and Emmy winner Alex Rudzinski, who both worked on NBC’s Hairspray Live!, will return for Bye Bye Birdie Live!. Mitchell will provide stage direction, while Rudzinski will head the technical aspects of the event.

Lopez will executive produce alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, as well as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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