Composer/lyricist Jimmy Webb ("Galveston," "Wichita Lineman"), who recently headlined together with singer-songwriter Paul Williams and songstress Liz Callaway at NYC's Feinstein's at the Regency, is busy working on two musical theatre projects.
One is Love Me, Love My Dog, a tuner based on Sidney and the Werewolf's Widow, an unfinished play by Bill Manhoff, author of The Owl and the Pussycat. Webb is collaborating with the indefatigable Peter Stone (Annie Get Your Gun, 1776) on Love Me, which, Stone says, is now in the hunt for a producer.
As previously reported, Webb is also s still working with Chazz Palminteri on a musical version of A Bronx Tale. The aforementioned Feinstein's performance even featured Webb singing a song from the piece, "Belmont Avenue."
Back in May 2000, when he was dueting at Feinstein's with singer Glen Campbell, Webb had mentioned that he was involved in the project, telling Playbill On-Line, "I'll be working with Michael Feinstein on an album he's doing of my songs, and I'm working on A Bronx Tale with Chazz Palminteri."
Palminteri's A Bronx Tale was developed in Los Angeles at Theatre West Workshop before coming to New York where it was produced in 1989 at Playhouse 91. The story was later adapted as a feature film starring Palminteri and Robert De Niro. -- By David Lefkowitz