Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Going to the theater with Jackie Kennedy
Okay, pick yourself off the floor.
We didn’t go together in the sense of “arrive” together, but we did sit together.
You’re still not buying it, but it’s true.
Backstory: Larry Gelbart had a play on Broadway called SLY FOX. (Needless to say it was hilarious.) My wife and I were in New York and Larry arranged for us to have his house seats.
During intermission I decide to get up and go to the lobby. As I pass by her I rub up against her knees (which were bony by the way). Okay, that was a dorky thing to do, but that was my brush with greatness.
The next day I called Larry and thanked him for the tickets. I mentioned that Jackie O. sat right next to me. He got very excited. “Did she laugh? What did she laugh at?” I said, “Yes, and hey, you never asked whether my wife and I liked the show.” He apologized, asked us, then wondered if I could remember any specific lines Jackie laughed at.
I’d like to say that’s my favorite Jackie/theater story, but it’s not. Supposedly she was at a theater and bumped into Stephen Sondheim. She asked what he was working on. He had to really hedge. How do you tell Jackie Kennedy you’re working on a musical called ASSASSINS?
From what I hear, the movie JACKIE is supposed to be great and Natalie Portman is amazing in it. I’m sure I’ll see it (although probably not in Maui). I’m curious as to whether they got the bony knees thing right.