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Subject: Re: Jones and Schmidt (was Very Warm for May (was Renee Fleming))
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:54:34 +0000

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"Celebration" is one of those shows that could have been a big hit 
off-Broadway but was completely wrong for a Broadway house. All of their 
shows require serendipity and a certain ineffable magic to succeed, and 
the right casting--Jerry Orbach in the original Fantasticks, Mary Martin 
and Robert Preston in "I Do! I Do!"

They also did "Grover's Corners," a musical version of "Our Town." As 
far as I know, it only had one production near Chicago--it was supposed 
to move following the try-out, but Mary Martin, who was to play the 
Stage Manager, was diagnosed with cancer and had to drop out. The 
producers were also spooked by the idea of a musical where everyone is 
dead in the end. The rights reverted to the Wilder estate (which had 
supposedly come to expect "Hello Dolly"-level royalties from any 

I'm saddened by Schmidt's passing, but am finding great joy in 
re-discovering some of their works.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Jay & Ralph" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Rich Lowenthal" <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 6/11/2018 11:08:43 PM
Subject: Re: Very Warm for May (was Renee Fleming)

>I am fond of: Celebration by Schmidt & Jones.
>I was involved in a production in 1971.
>I once re-edited the video of PD in Pag to the song "Where Did It Go?"
>Most found it quite humorous.
>----- Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>Harvey Schmidt was also included in the Tony's memorial tribute. He 
>>Jones will always be remembered for The Fantasticks but I've enjoyed
>>their other works as well--anyone (else) remember "I Do! I Do!"?
>>Tom Jones is of course also well known as a Welsh singer, and as the
>>lead character in a novel by Fielding.
>>------ Original Message ------
>>From: "Jon Goldberg" <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Sent: 6/11/2018 9:39:53 PM
>>Subject: Re: Very Warm for May (was Renee Fleming)
>> >But of course how times have changed. If "110" were premiering now, 
>> >would probably
>> >have been called "The Rainmaker: The Musical." I liked when 
>> >would strive to
>> >come up with their OWN titles, and not just make a commercial nod to
>> >the original
>> >source. (Interesting to note that all the new Tony-nominated musicals
>> >this season were
>> >simply given the name of their most relevant/famous source material -
>> >but the revivals all
>> >had their own original titles. Times really have changed.)
>> >
>> >And by the way, the wonderful Harvey Schmidt who write the score for
>> >"110" (and who of
>> >course is best known for the score to "The Fantasticks"), passed away
>> >at the end of
>> >February this year. His writing partner, Tom Jones, is still with us.
>> >
>> >

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