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Broadway Blip: The Boys from Syracuse

Rodgers and Hart musicals always included a delicious sense of fun and their 1938 comedy The Boys from Syracuse was no exception. Based on William Shakespeare’s 1594 play (his shortest) The Comedy of ErrorsThe Boys from Syracuse features one of Rodgers and Hart’s most-enduring score with such gems as “Falling in Love with Love,” “Sing for Your Supper,” “This Can’t Be Love” and “What Do You Do with a Man” as standouts. 

Broadway Blip: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

What do you do when Charles Dickins begins writing a murder mystery story, but never finishes it? You turn it into a musical, of course, and let the audience vote at each performance to decide which character they want to be the culprit. That is exactly what Rupert Holmes did when wrote the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The musical, sometimes abbreviated to simply “Drood,” is an interactive experience for audiences, making it Broadway’s most original whodunit. 

Broadway Blip: The Prince of Grand Street

The final installment in my series on composer-lyricist Bob Merrill is about his short-lived musical The Prince of Grand Street. Despite having many delightful moments, it was a musical that suffered from many issues despite a solid premise that, if executed differently, may have enjoyed a better reception. Instead, it was plagued with challenges, including the wrong star playing the lead, and the show shuttered out-of-town, never opening on Broadway.

Broadway Blip: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Probably the Bob Merrill musical that was most eagerly anticipated and ultimately the biggest letdown was Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on the popular Truman Capote novel and the hit Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film of the same name, it was an idea that was arguably doomed from start. Beloved films do not necessarily translate easily to stage, and the incandescent and indelible performance of Audrey Hepburn as the troubled Holly Golightly was hard one to erase from people’s minds and no actress could be expected to recreate in that shadow. Television and film actress Mary Tyler Moore was the unfortunate heir to this role. A talented actress in her own right who would go on to create her own brand of luminescence on the TV shows The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she certainly had the chops and that something extra to shine, if it had not been for her predecessor’s iconic turn in the role.