Posts from 2005

in 1994, henry krieger and i were invited to write a new opening number for the radio city music hall christmas spectacular which continued in the new york production until this year … as the original lyric was very specific to new york and radio city, one of my main sources of income over the past few years has been rewriting it for different cities where the christmas spectacular has toured … this year they requested a generic lyric which would work anywhere, so that ride is over — fun though it was … last year around this time i was doing a cabaret show called belters we have heard on high and included this version of the song, incorporating some of the different lines i wrote for different cities …

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posted by admin on December 3, 2005, at 1:00 am | filed under poetry | 2 Comments »

this lyric was written for the 1993 broadway cares/equity fights aids easter bonnet competition and was performed by laurie beechman, who sadly succumbed to cancer a few years later … that was the only performance of the song (music by henry krieger) until alicia irving sang it in the concert of my songs at the donnell library last week … chad kimball requested a copy of the lyric in memory of his cousin and so i post it here with the thought there are others to whom it may have meaning

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posted by admin on November 1, 2005, at 1:00 am | filed under poetry | no comments »

09  Oct
poem: cloud five

though eight years have passed, somehow october always reminds me of the opening of side show on broadway … it was certainly one of the highlights of my life and did inspire several poems … this is one …

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posted by admin on October 9, 2005, at 1:00 am | filed under poetry, side show | no comments »

07  Sep
poem: raymond

janet hood and i explored writing a piece about 9/11 using the form of elegies for angels, punks and raging queens/spoon river anthology … we ultimately abandoned it (not finding the resonance and scope we had with the aids crisis) but i like some of the things we wrote … this is a poem/monologue which seems apt in light of the official response to katrina … as we said in our youth — “question authority!”

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posted by admin on September 7, 2005, at 1:00 am | filed under poetry | no comments »

02  Aug
poem: fortune

i’ve been revisiting my first professionally produced musical fourtune, music by ron melrose, because we’re doing a reading on august 8th to benefit the l.g.b.t. center in new york in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary … it certainly has been an enjoyable trip down memory lane … for this month’s poem i decided to post the lyric of the closing number … note: fourtune is the title of the show and the name of the four-member singing group (get it?) that the show is about … but this song is about seeking one’s fortune (spelled correctly)

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posted by admin on August 2, 2005, at 1:00 am | filed under fourtune, poetry | no comments »