Fierstein, Chayefsky, Bette Davis, Considine, SOB

Friday 23 March 2007

Only connect. Now this is complicated, so pay attention.

The eyes and ears of WEW’s favourite Broadway blogger Steve on Broadway report (Note to Andrew – it’s probably the lips or the fingers that actually did the reporting, not the eyes and ears;  I am now the acknowledged expert on writing since – did I already mention this – it was my phrase, not yours, that was quoted on The Guardian’s arts blog – Phil) that Harvey Fierstein (right) is “planning a return to Broadway via a musical version of  Paddy Chayefsky‘s The Catered Affair.”

Fierstein has written the book and will star in it. Marvellously Streisandesque, we feel.

Anyway, blogger Fierstein was excellent when the Whingers saw him in Hairspray the musical on Broadway so we are thrilled to hear that he has undertaken to adapt what was apparently Bette Davis’s favourite film role for the stage.

Where were we? Oh yes, connections. Well, The Catered Affair was written by screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky (Andrew – you mentioned that already. Leave the writing to me from now on – Phil) whose biography Mad As Hell: The Life and Work of Paddy Chayefsky  was written by none other than Shaun Considine, writer of Bette and Joan – the Divine Feud and kind patron of the West End Whingers’ competition to find the ideal cast for said book.

There, that was worth waiting for, wasn’t it? (Andrew – not really. Phil)

2 Responses to “Fierstein, Chayefsky, Bette Davis, Considine, SOB”


  1. I’m humbled by your nod! And in case you just can’t get enough of Bette Davis-related fare, you’ll be happy to know that “Old Acquaintances” is being revived on Broadway this summer.


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