by Joe Symon
|The Great White Way also known as Broadway –via Wikipedia|
When I was growing up in Brooklyn in the ’70s, the twinkling lights of the Great White Way were just a train ride away. I have my beloved grandmother to thank for my love of the theatre, and I was star-struck from my very first experience.
Every week, we saw a play or a musical together. She took me into the city to give me a shot of culture, and it obviously made a huge impact on the rest of my life and career.
Let’s go back to the year 1976. Grandma Selma took me to see my first Broadway show, the anniversary revival of My Fair Lady. I was incredibly enamored with the lead actress playing Eliza Doolittle.
Well — fast forward 36 years. I’ve recently crossed paths with Miss Eliza accidentally, and we’ve become co-writers on a new musical theater project in NYC. Three-plus decades later, here I am writing a musical with the same woman who I saw star on Broadway when I was a wee child of ten. She lives in NYC and I live in Los Angeles, but I’ll be traveling across the miles to work side by side with her in the Big Apple.
We’ll see a show together, we’ll wine, dine, and talk showbiz. We’ll share the NYC experience. Just me, an overgrown star-struck stage door Johnny and my very own Eliza Doolittle.
There’s nothing more New York than life coming full circle in the most magical city on earth.