Good (positive!) updates from the Yahoo interview. Did we know they were working on a second musical together?https://www.yahoo.com/music/this-years- ... soc_trk=tw
How are things going with the stage musicals you’ve mentioned working on with Bacharach?
Well, we’ve worked on two musicals in the last couple years, one of which is —temporarily, I hope — in abeyance. The other is the Painted From Memory musical. And I don’t want to give away the scenario. But I will say that obviously, when you plot a line through an existing repertoire, you have two or three choices. There’s the Buddy Holly Story route, where it’s basically the story of the writer’s life, and these songs pop up logically, or a fantasy like Mamma Mia. And this is neither of those things. It’s a story which is ingeniously being woven into several of the songs from the original record. Not all of them could be made to agree with that storyline, which obliged Burt and I to write more songs, which was great news for me, because I got to work with him again. The bulk of the songs obviously are collaborations in music between us, and words that serve the needs of the story and bring the characters hopefully to life. And if we see the curtain go up, I hope we don’t see it come down too quickly.
So Painted From Memory is the project we’re likely to see first?
I think that one, but there’s always another thing. I’ve been involved in various stages of development of maybe five musicals now, and some of them just get as far as an outline and maybe one sketched song, and others get 10 or 15 songs in before something happens and they don’t come to fruition. So [in the theater] you have to be prepared to work with no reward. Except, of course, when you’re working with Burt Bacharach. I mean, if the songs were never seen or heard… I played one last year on the stage, and it’s like a whole drama in itself. So, who knows what the future will bring with that material. I don’t know. But as Mort Sahl said, the future lies ahead.