Sunday, November 13, 2016

My playbill

Only two more weekends for my play, GOING GOING GONE currently running at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. Happy to say we’re completely sold out again this weekend.  Next weekend is the last of this engagement. 

So people are asking what’s next for it? I don’t really have an answer. I’m exploring possibilities (if you have a theater gimme a call), but obviously I’d love the play to go to Broadway. 

The trouble is, if I list that I am primarily a TV writer in my bio for the PLAYBILL it’s like putting a big target on my chest for New York theatre critics. So I thought I’d fudge, tailor it a tad for the Broadway theatre crowd. What do you think of this?
Ken is the adopted son of Stephen Sondheim. His godfather was Bob Fosse who he met while walking Gwen Verdon’s dog. He spent his formative years building the sets for LES MISERABLES. A Peace Corps stint followed where for two years he introduced the Broadway musical to poverty stricken villages throughout Cambodia.

Ken returned to New York where he walked Carol Channing’s husband. He became somewhat of a play doctor, coming in uncredited to save A CHORUS LINE, PROOF, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (originally titled: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH WEEZY). WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, AVENUE Q., AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (additional dialogue), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (talking Mamet out of the dance numbers), and THE ODD COUPLE (originally titled: TWO AND A HALF MEN).

An experimental work of his own played three nights in Chicago and four nights in Cleveland. It was called the 2016 WORLD SERIES.

He has never seen a television show, watched a movie, or read any book not written by John Simon or Frank Rich.

11 comments:

BA said...

How about "something, something, Andrew Lloyd Webber"?

VP81955 said...

Hey, you have real-life ties to Kristin Chenoweth, directing her short-lived sitcom (and no, that;s not a pun on her petite stature). Cite them and take it from there. (Kristin is in the home stretch of her two-week Broadway engagement, BTW.)

kent said...

I don't know, it seems a little oblique.

Anonymous said...

I fear you may be understating your bio a bit for New York

iain said...

Singing Cats? Crashing Chandeliers? Helicopters landing onstage? All you.

Buttermilk Sky said...

I remember WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. It was originally called WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.

BTW, your "prove you're not a robot" is out of control. I can barely see the little pictures, much less pass an Army intelligence test about them.

Steve McLean said...

He thanks his 'partner',David Isaacs, for his unwavering devotion and support

Loosehead said...

was instrumental in converting "Les Miserables" from a slapstick comedy to a musical drama...

Jahn Ghalt said...

Your supposed theatre cred is funny - but more seriously shows how insular New York theatre is.

You have a nice, diverse, CV:
Radio Jock, Military Grunt, TV Writer/Director/Producer,
Baseball Announcer (MLB no less).

Add Playwrite and it's a minor pimple on a fab career.

And why bother with "Broadway"? That's an excuse to overspend on production, overcharge, and give warious unworthies a chance to be "critical" - let THEM travel to go "off"-Broadway.

Dixon Steele said...

The average Broadway audience member is a 45 year-old woman. Not sure she's the right demo for your play, delightful as it may be.

I wasn't a big fan of the Times' Frank Rich as a drama critic, but his memoir GHOST LIGHT is worth a read...

ELS said...

You forgot to mention that Larry Gelbart is your uncle and Alan Alda is your half-brother.