Wanting the Beautiful Balloon of Broadway

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If you know pop music, you know songwriter Jimmy Webb's singular style from hit songs such as "Up Up and Away," by the Fifth Dimension; "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell (James Taylor was Grammy nominated for his "Lineman" last year); "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris and later Donna Summer; "Where Love Resides," sung memorably by Patti LuPone, and countless others.

Webb, whose engagement as a solo act at Feinstein's at Loews Regency has two performances left (Aug. 5 and 12 at 8:30 PM), confessed to Playbill.com that his dream remains to create a Broadway show: "The single most difficult thing in show business is to get a Broadway show up and running. I certainly have nothing but respect for anyone who has managed to do that. It's like a voyage to the moon."

Webb said he was so very close to Broadway with his show, Scandal!, when his co-creator Michael Bennett fell ill. "We were literally going into tech rehearsals at the Nederlander Theatre a week later. I remember one night driving over and standing under the marquee, and they were already putting the letters up and I was thinking, 'Oh wow, I can't believe this is actually going to come true.' That's bad luck, you should never do that!"

Later, a show he was working on with Peter Stone and Martin Charnin fell through when Stone passed away. "So a guy can die trying to get one of these things done," he said, wryly. The theme of that show? Vampires. Ah, well.

Visit feinsteinsattheregency.com. Read more about Webb in the August Playbill.com Leading Men column.

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