Village People's Carr an unlikely showrunner
Any Broadway show opening just one week after that Mel Brooks show is automatically “Not the Producers.”Fortunately, for those creatives and money people behind “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” two more different tuners there could never be. (Then again, did you ever see “Sweeney Todd” and “Annie” back to back?) Allan Carr of Village People, caftan and wild party fame, had been an original and very unlikely producer of the “Tom Sawyer” show way back when. His spirit obviously hovered over the post-perf proceedings as first-nighters trudged from the Minskoff Theater across Broadway to the uncharacteristically glitzy (for a kids’ show) opening-night party at Planet Hollywood. (Were they finally taking a vacuum to Roseland after all those Black Parties?) Don Schlitz of country music fame, who makes his legit debut as composer-lyricist with “Tom Sawyer,” calling the difference between Broadway and Nashville “apples and oranges.” It could be that Schlitz now prefers the Big Apple. “It’s good to come out of the little room I’ve been in for the past 25 years and work with other people,” Schlitz said of his first tuner, written with Ken Ludwig and directed by Scott Ellis. “This is what I should be doing from now on.” The composer wouldn’t talk about his next project except to say, “It’s another Broadway musical.”
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