You can almost hear the 11 o'clock number now: "I Want to Be Alone!" The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that a musical about the Swedish-born movie star Greta Garbo is being developed by producer Mikael Hellquist and librettist Leif Janzon.
"It will be sort of a dream play with three Garbo roles -- the young woman who started work at a Stockholm department store, the star who took Hollywood by storm, and the elderly Garbo sitting in New York and reflecting on her life," Janzon said in the daily paper.
There is no composer yet, but three songwriters, including two Swedes, are being considered. Scott Faris will direct.
Garbo was born Greta Gustafsson in 1905 and, after moving to the United States, lit up the movie screen in such talking pictures as "Anna Christie," "Ninotchka," "Mata Hari," "Anna Karenina" and "Grand Hotel." She retired in 1941 and died, a recluse, in 1990.
-- By Kenneth Jones