Where’s Charley?

Like Mrs. Lovett, “Sometimes ideas just pop into me head.” Only mine are more benign than hers, thank the Lord. With Encores! announcing its 2012-2013 season this week – FIORELLO followed by It’s a Bird …It’s a Plane … It’s Superman and then On Your Toes – I started thinking about George Abbott. After all, [...]

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There’s exciting news for Frank Loesser fans! Encores!, the concert series that stages little known musicals at New York City Center, has included WHERE’S CHARLEY? in its upcoming season.  The other two shows are BELLS ARE RINGIN’ by Jule Style, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green and LOST IN THE STARS by Kurt Weill and Maxwell [...]


Tuesday, June 29 will mark the 100th birthday of composer and lyricist Frank Loesser. Over the course of his career, Loesser wrote over 700 songs and five Broadway musicals and contributed music and lyrics to dozens of Hollywood films. A number of events are taking place around the country to mark the centennial of this [...]


Before MRS. DOUBTFIRE, TOOTSIE, and SOME LIKE IT HOT, there was WHERE’S CHARLEY?, Frank Loesser and George Abbot’s musical cross-dressing farce.  Oxford University students Charley and Jack invite the young and winsome Kitty and Amy to lunch under the chaperoning eye of Donna Lucia, Charley’s wealthy aunt (it is, after all, 1892). But when Donna [...]


Frank and Family

by KatH on December 30, 2009

in Show Spotlight,Where's Charley?

“He gets up early, drinks a pot of strong coffee, and digs.” That’s how Frank Loesser’s first wife Lynn described his work habits, and his impressive output certainly reflects that.  By his death at age 59, Frank Loesser had written five Broadway shows, a movie score, countless songs for films, and sketches for soldiers to [...]