Sorry it's taken me over a year to update- it's just been a very busy year, and I have been
working on other website changes with Peter. Hope you all like the new "lavender" look,
scrapbooks, etc. It made me very happy to finally get up the photographs from the Goodspeed
production of "Camille." I continue to have nothing but the most wonderful memories of the whole
As for "Camille," we did two performances on October 4 of this year for the National Alliance
of Musical Theatres at the new Dodger Spaces in New York. These were abbreviated performances,
as N.A.M.T. only allows each show 45 minutes, and there were rumors that scared the hell out of
us to the effect that the curtain might just drop down mid-song on any show that exceeded a
second over that 45 minutes. For me, our rehearsal period consisted of runthrough after
runthrough where we continued to run 3 minutes over. Gabe (Barre- director) and I were
confounded as I would cut 3 pages or so each time, and we'd still come in at that same "3
minutes over". Finally, we made some drastic cuts and came in at a final 44 minutes- triumph! We
added a new song to the show, by the way- "In Our Hands"- a big choral number which everyone
seemed to love. Certain other songs from the show had to be cut for this specific presentation.
Both presentations went extremely well. We were very lucky to have back for our 3 lead roles
Linda Eder, Michael Nouri and Matt Bogart, and we also had about 7 of our former Goodspeed
Ensemble members return. We performed at 1:30 and then again at 5:15 and both shows received
really enthusiastic reactions. We were also able at that time to give various producers and
regional theatre representatives copies of the brand new "Camille Claudel" demo tape, which we
recorded in late September. The verdict is still out on where we go next. We may try a regional
production in the U.S.- or in Europe, where there seems to be great interest. A production of
"Camille" in Paris? Might be very interesting. Our ultimate goal of course is Broadway, but that
would not happen this season.
As for other projects, I'm closer to a production of "Man with 2 Hearts Found on Moon." It
currently sits with a regional theatre (whose name I'm keeping secret for now) and may well
receive a production in the near future. I would so love this as I feel very close to this play.
I have made a lot of changes to it since the reading at The Roundabout which featured Swoosie
Kurtz and Neil Patrick Harris. Among other things, the play now incorporates six songs as
several of the characters are in a band. It's also much shorter, still funny and with more of a
focus on the love story.
"Vienna" (which I've been working on with Frank Wildhorn since 1989) is very close to
production in Vienna. Jack Murphy is now doing book and some of the lyrics. I simply
didn't have time to continue doing full book and lyrics while working full-time on "Camille,"
but there are still 6 or 7 of my songs in the show. I'm excited about the work to be done in
Austria- never been there though I feel like I've been living in its soul during all those years
writing the show.
I appreciate your letters and visits to the site more than I can say, and, as always, love
answering the questions you send in to the site. I will also shortly be adding a few more
generic pictures to the scrapbook. Keep in touch. My best to all of you- Nan