He made a memorable Bud Frump in the recent Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business..., but acting is not Jeff Blumenkrantz's only talent. He recently collaborated on a one-act musical that has been chosen for production by St. Louis' New Line Theatre. Woman With Pocketbook, with music by Blumenkrantz and book/lyrics by Annnie Kessler and Libby Saines, runs Mar. 6-14, on a double-bill with William Finn's March of the Falsettos.
In Pocketbook, a Jewish woman dies but can't get into heaven because she won't give up her beloved pocketbook. The funny-sad piece, which beat out 27 other entries for New Line's nationwide competition, looks at moral choices and, ultimately, redemption.
1981's March of the Falsettos introduced America to Marvin, Whizzer, Trina and the extended family who later reached Broadway in the compendium, Falsettos.
For tickets ($10-$12) and information on the one-act evening, presented by New Line Theatre at the St. Marcus Theatre, 1201 Russell, call (314) 534-1111.
-- By David Lefkowitz