I was put on this earth to deliver entertainment, that’s how I feel about it. Life is too short to live without fun, and there’s not that much of it around –intelligent, adult, stimulating fun I mean. Mainly musicals, they’re my passion, my obsession, my mistress.
First song I ever had performed professionally was a torch ballad about a girl who fell in love with Mr. Clean. On the strength of the attention this received, I was invited as a songwriter to a summer at Tamiment –a resort hotel that produced an original revue every week.
This was great training. Came back to New York to join the BMI workshop, taught by Lehman Engel, a Broadway musical director.
Wrote my first original score in that workshop, for a show called JUBILEE JIM, about Jim Fisk. Met comedy writer STEVE GORDON and wrote an original musical called THE DRAFTDODGER.
This at the height of the Vietnam conflict.
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