The great Sondheim burst of the 1970’s was a decade of work unequalled by any other Broadway songwriter. [The Bock/Harnick run from “Fiorello” in 1959 through “The Rothschilds” in 1970 may be comparable, but that was their entire output. Sondheim, both before and after the 70’s, is responsible for several more musicals, including arguably three […]
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I’ve been plugging away at a pseudonymous mystery series, but I’ve tried to keep a musical project going simultaneously. For the last few years, it’s been an adaptation of “Gilgamesh,” for which I am doing the book and my old Lehman Engel Workshop classmate Lawrence Rush is doing the score. More on that as we […]
My synagogue hosts the recent traditional Purim debate, which in the past has been on the relative merits of hamantaschen vs. latkes. This year, however, they changed the topic to Pastrami on Rye vs. Lox with Bagels. I was proud to represent Team Pastrami. Here are my prepared remarks: I turned 60 this past Sunday, […]
THE UNKEPT WOMAN, the latest Sparks and Bainbridge mystery under my Allison Montclair pseudonym, is out as of July 26th! Outstanding reviews so far, including a star from Publishers Weekly, an Amazon If You Read One Book This Week selection, and raves from Kirkus, Library Journal, Booklist, Aunt Agatha’s, and Bookpushers.com. The Historical Novel Review says “The Unkept Woman may be one of the most entertaining historical novels of the summer… [I]f Georgette Heyer and Helen MacInnes had a pair of nieces who’d grown up sophisticated, confident, and tough, this might be their story.”
I appeared online at the Poisoned Pen along with fellow author Ashley Weaver on MONDAY, July 25th. Here are the links [and you don’t have to be a Facebook member]:
I have added demos for two new shows: “Doreen,” a one-act with composer Dave Hall, and “Gilgamesh,” for which I did the book and Lawrence Rush wrote the score. Check out the Musical Theater Page!