In which Richard Rodgers and John Steinbeck have a falling-out over a whorehouse
March 13, 2012 11:48 AM Subscribe
"It's either a whore house, or it isn't. Suzy either took a job there, or she didn't.
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The play doesn't give satisfaction here and it leaves an audience wondering. My position is that she took the job all right but she wasn't any good at it. In the book, Fauna explains that Suzy's no good as a hustler because she's got a streak of lady in her. I wish we could keep this thought because it explains a lot in a short time."
Pipe Dream, a little-known and rarely performed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on John Steinbeck's novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, will be revived this month in a concert production at New York City Center
[SLYT] for the first time in decades. The musical had not been available for performance for years due to rights issues.
Steinbeck, who apparently wrote Sweet Thursday as a sequel to Cannery Row with hopes it would be adapted into a musical, was initially pleased with the adaptation but grew increasingly frustrated
as it became clear that the female lead was being rewritten from a prostitute in a whorehouse to something vaguer, in response to early audience reviews in Boston and New Haven. The musical generally received poor reviews. Rodgers himself declared his dislike for the piece, and a biographer has suggested that it was the open sexuality of the material which put it out of the grasp of the storied musical team.
New York City-area fans of obscure, forgotten, and panned musicals are in luck, between shows like this and If It Only Even Runs A Minute
, a series showcasing songs from these musicals along with historical patter, archival images, and war stories from performers, some of whom originated the roles they reprise for the series. The last showcase featured songs from a Dracula musical
, Paul Simon's The Capeman
, and a preposterous sequel to Bye Bye Birdie.