Remembering A Christmas Memory With Music

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Composer Larry Grossman and lyricist Carol Hall are headed for Mountain View, CA, this month to cast their musical version of Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory," which will world-premiere there Dec. 1 at TheatreWorks.


“The trustees of Capote’s estate are protective of his property after what happened to [the musical] Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Grossman said. “This is one of his crown jewels.”

"A Christmas Memory" surfaced first in Mademoiselle magazine as a short story in December 1956, then was reprinted in "The Selected Writings of Truman Capote" in 1963. The largely autobiographical tale, set in the rustic South of the 1930s, focuses on the affectionate relationship of seven-year-old Buddy and his elderly cousin and best-friend, Sook. Capote narrated an ABC Stage 67 version that he and Eleanor Parry co-adapted into an Emmy-winning teleplay, and Geraldine Page’s performance of Sook — one of her best ever — also received an Emmy Award.

— Harry Haun

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