Brian Gari's Flop Late Nite Comic Inspires Book, "We Bombed in New London"
05 Sep 2006
Author Brian Gari's flop Broadway musical, Late Nite Comic, a 19-performance fizzle in 1987, is the subject of a new book by the composer-lyricist.
"We Bombed in New London: The Inside Story of the Broadway Musical Late Nite Comic" ($19.95, Bear Manor Media), in stores now, "tells the true story of one man's tenacious plight to get his musical mounted," according to the publisher. "From its romantic inception to its eventual demise and then the score's resurrection in cabarets and recordings, this book takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of the theatrical world with all its excitement, disappointment, laughter and hope."
The book is "packed with memorabilia, including rare photos and interviews" and is "composer/lyricist Brian Gari's minute by minute development of his musical." He saved "every scrap of paper, tape and calendar to account accurately for why and when certain steps were taken that eventually led to the sad dissolution of this promising musical."
Allan Knee (Little Women) wrote the libretto to Late Nite Comic. Robert LuPone starred. It played the Ritz Theatre (now the Walter Kerr Theatre).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.