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ALONG CAME BILL

This final day of March offers many distinctive birthdates of men and women of the theatre. Among them the two-time Tony winning actor Richard Kiley — Broadway’s original Don Quixote de la Mancha; Nikolas Gogol, the Russian dramatist, born just after the turn-of-the-nineteenth-century and whose play The Inspector General is one of the most renowned international comedies in all of world theatre, and Shirley Jones, who will always have a special place in my heart due to her Marian the Librarian in the film version of The Music Man opposite Robert Preston. Today is also the birthdate of another Ronnie (like myself), Ronnie Walken, who changed his name to Christopher many years ago and is turni

WITH SO LITTLE TO BE SURE OF

These are certainly uncertain times. And with so little to be sure of (as a wise composer-lyricist once offered), it is with some degree of certainty that I can point to this particular wise man as someone who has given us gifts beyond measure in his ninety years on earth. Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim. Had Broadway not gone dark eleven days ago, there would have been two Sondheim musicals running on Broadway to help celebrate his 90th birthday today: revivals of his first produced show (West Side Story, for which he provided lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s music) and Company, which changed everything for Sondheim personally, as well as the American musical forever. When it opened in 1970,

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