Original Typed Manuscript for an Outline for a Musical Comedy by Composer and Playwright Hugh Martin


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Original five page typed manuscript, dated September 11, 1958, of an outline for an original musical comedy by composer and playwright Hugh Martin which was once owned by writer and radio personality Jean Shepherd. Accompanied by a document providing provenance from the estate of actress Lois Nettleton, who was married to Shepherd from 1960-1967. The outline tells the story of three young people in present day (1950s / 60s) Central Europe whose paths cross at a youth hostel. Mr. Martin writes: ÒWe shouldnÕt be conscious of anything but a slambang, beautiful, wholesomely sexy show full of good-looking talented teen-agers. It should never be Ômessage-eyÕ. The songs and dances are important, naturally, but unless they come out of a sound, truthful and dramatic story, they wonÕt mean anything.Ó He concludes the outline with an alternate idea of calling the musical ÔOlympic VillageÕ and setting it in Rome during the 1960 Olympic Games. In very good slightly used condition with a staple to three pages and slight tearing from having been stapled to the other two pages, and with some minor creases and a few small edge tears. Hugh Martin (1941 - 2011) is best known for his score for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland sang three Martin songs, "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." He was nominated for four Tony awards; three for High Spirits (Best Musical, Best Book Author of a Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist) and one for the 1990 Meet Me in St. Louis (Best Original Score). Jean Shepherd (1921 - 1999) was an American writer, radio raconteur and TV personality, as well as an actor. Shepherd is perhaps best remembered in a contemporary sense for co-writing (based on his own somewhat autobiographical stories) and narrating the film A Christmas Story (1983). Lois Nettleton (1927 - 2008) is perhaps best known for her film work in the 1960s and 70s, and later enjoyed a long career as a character actress in both television and film. Very little Jean Shepherd manuscript material has survived and it rarely appears for sale. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Original Typed Manuscript for an Outline for...
Publisher: New York 1958

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