May 20, 1954 Bill Haley & His Comets release Rock Around the Clock!
In the summer of ’97 Lesley Gore and I wrote a musical called It’s My Party, named after her iconic hit song.
We asked good friend Marty Richards to produce and he gave us seed money to develop it. It was a rocking story and Lesley would cameo all her hits throughout the show. We had planned it as a vehicle for well known 60′s artists (like Chubby Checker, Lou Christie, Darlene Love, etc) to be able to step in and insert their hits.
The cast was incredible – Maria Christesen, Enga Davis, Carmine Alers, George Morton, Ty Stephens.. It had to be shelved, ultimately, for financial issues. It was a great summer as we rehearsed at the Cherry Lane Theater. Dylan and Casey who were just kids then didn’t go to camp that summer. Instead they came to rehearsal every day and learned every line in the show. Great times.
A couple of years ago I found some video of one of our audience-invited rehearsals. You can see it HERE!
I’m still good friends with Lesley and we live a few blocks away from each other. She’s a great lady and great singer/writer.
Oh yeah, we opened It’s My Party with Rock Around the Clock!