The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 142
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 142

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2J THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY. DECEMBER 7, 1997 Allen collaborated with JCC to update 'Seymour Glick' 31 -i ALLEN ex:&. nr m HT" Us- 4 r ' ,.- . . r r n re TTtnE i looMaie Steve Allen is the most Drolifie songwriter in mnrlem timpc with some 6,700 tunes to his credit, according to a recent Guinness cook or woria necoras listing. "Something Wonderful" is coming to our house this season! MasterCard Broadvay Series of Palm Beach is the only place to catch Broadvay "s best shows and brightest stars. Purchase your tickets today to each of these radiant performances, before you get left out in the cold! STEVE ALLEN in person: Kaplan Jewish Community Center, today at 1 p.m. Tickets: $15. Phone: 689-0818. SEYMOUR GLICK IS ALIVE, BUT SICK: At Kaplan Jewish Community Center, 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, from Saturday to Dec. 18. Tickets: $26. Phone: 689-0818. ary. "We play an eccentric elderly J 3 p couple, Allen says, noting that the assignment was not a big From 1J Their four shows were cancelled late last month after weak ticket sales, according to a Playhouse staff member. "Wish I could help you out. I don't know anything about it," says Allen when asked about the cancellation. "I just go places, I walk onstage, people laugh, I take the money and go home." ; Since home is Los Angeles, where Allen lives with his spouse of 43 years, comedienne Jayne Meadows, it looks unlikely that he will stick around for a performance of Seymour Glick here. Allen appeared in the original production 15 years ago at New York's St. Regis Hotel, playing the erudite narrator who walks us through the fictional Glick's career. It ran its scheduled five weeks, which turned out to be longer than the subsequent Los Angeles production featuring Politically Incor-rect's Bill Maher. When the JCC's Off-Broadway series producer (jary Waldman contacted Allen about the show, it was the first time Allen had thought about it in years. i "I don't really have the time to look back on something I did 15 years ago and wonder about it." The show's title is a parody of a popular composer revue of the '70s, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well (and Living in Paris). But don't worry if you're not familiar with it. Beyond the title and one song Which kids the sort of lugubrious French ballads that Brel helped popularize, the two revues have almost nothing in common. ' Of that number, called Like Sad Songs By the French, Allen says, "I'm sure that as a people, the French are no sadder than the jiwedes or the Jews or the Chinese, but they like to sing about fidw sad they are. And there's a certain type of French song where the individual lines are very long, go I spoofed the actual length as well as some of the sentiments." v That number survives, but not the outdated one about Three Mile Island. Not only did Allen readily agree to drop the number, he was armed with material to replace it. "He gave us all the comedy songs he'd ever written and said, 'Use what you want,'" Explains Waldman. -;; Of their long-distance collabo stretch. For a pioneer of the medium, Allen doesnt spend much time w Iks mm watching television. As one of his 49 books, a serious treatise called inn mirriTl Dumbth (81 Ways to Make Ameri ' Hihtl uiimii cans Smarter), put it, "Rule No. Dec. 2. 1997-Jan. iaia M X x I Jan 199 Royal Poiiu Tmr"VT" 11 Playhouse 4. 1998 37: Watch less commercial television." He readily concedes the electronic box has not lived up to its potential. "Of course not," Allen 4? v says, out notning numan ever Feb. 8. 1998 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts lluvlcv Mills in Rndgcrs and Hamnurstcin's THE KING does. Television has the potential to be the greatest educational device ever created or even conceived, but that's not where the ratings are. You have this basic little problem called human nature, which all by itself will prevent television from ever being as good as it could." and that we could put into the script wherever we wanted to." Such revisions are routine, Allen insists. "If Shakespeare were still alive, I can assure you that he would punch up Hamlet every time it opened," he says. "We often learn from the original reviews or from our Aunt Tilda where there was a weakness in the second act." If Seymour Glick gets a clean bill of health from audiences and critics, Waldman hopes to produce it in a larger commercial theater. That would be fine with Allen "What writer wouldn't want that? " he says but he reiterates that he is too busy to give the project much attention. For instance, he is committed to publicizing Die Laughing, in which two fictional sleuths named not coincidentally Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows track down the murderer of a slapstick comic. "Yes, it's that same formula," he says, likening it to his previous whodunits. "We are the chief characters, and we do unmask the killer in the last chapter." Speaking of police work, he and his wife flew to Baltimore last month to shoot an episode of Homicide called Shaggy Dog, City Goat, due to air on NBC in Janu I nanh 17-22. 19J38' It's not that he's ashamed of ' f '' - rJS T lip Kravis Cenler f()rslle Performing Arts his many years of television, but he takes no particular pride in them either. "No, I'm not really proud of anything," Allen responds. "I'm just damn lucky that the world keeps buying the stuff." Allen insists he is not driven to keep achieving, to keep writing and composing and speaking and performing. "It's just that everything I do is so easy and so much fun," he offers. "The world has been very kind and let me do everything I ever imagined I might do." ration, Waldman adds, "He'd write J song and FedEx it to me or fax rfie a whole bunch of snippets of intros to songs, or just little jokes .lM XL :lfnJt STEVE MARTIN'S ValteLapin mile March 24- Elizabeth Ashley is Diana Vreeland April 5. 1998 Royal Point iana Playhouse feb. 10-22, 1998 Royal Poineiana Playhouse STOP RUSHING AROUND Save time every day by shopping the advertisied specials in The Palm Beach Post. i. U i V r mh r -Ms' iAi i,. - V i s- iV Com MsitCiio GOLD TICKET , SEATING 561-966-3309 ft II II; II ii !? I :i WMW&i immmT w$mm ' w$mmr ,WBBL- ' "" f.,r. ff , ftnuf" --in-f-i ITf i lli.ifll ii -TTi iiIBi nti rTiTfUi ifli.Ol fcjfl.

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