Walter Mitty Musical

Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 12:27pm
Has there ever been a musical based on Walter Mitty? It seems like the perfect material to put to music. Walter Mitty was always living in a fantasy world, each fantasy could be a different style of music.
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 12:38pm
Yes, there was an off-Broadway version in 1964.

The cast album is available from Arkiv.
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 12:39pm
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BroadwayNYC2
Featured Actor
joined:6/16/13
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 12:44pm
This is a property with tons of potential.

I also enjoyed the recent film, though I know others hated it.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 01:13pm
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, music by Leon Carr, lyrics by Earl Shuman, ran 96 performances at the Players Theatre down in the Village in the fall/winter of 1964. One Joe Manchester is credited with the book.

Carr is remembered for some famous jingles ("Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, Sometimes You Don't" and "See the U.S.A. In Your Chevrolet.") Shuman wrote lyrics for some obscure pop songs and some stuff for tv. Manchester (who also served as producer on Mitty), appears to have written a few forgotten plays and vanished into obscurity.

I saw a semi-professional production in the late 70s, and remember thinking it had a few fun numbers and a lot of hokey sentiment. They added the character of a daughter (Peninnah?) for Walter and his shrewish wife, which changed the tone and subject matter radically from the Thurber story (unresolved comedy with pathos about a daydreaming milquetoast) to one of rather conventional mid-century television family fare (disintegrating marriage saved by a combination of sweet daughter and near-adultery with a femme fatale).
mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 02:24pm
The music for that show is solid, but could seriously benefit from a book reworking. If done, the show could be a solid attempt, though I don't know if it could ever be great unless somebody else took a swing at the material.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 02:29pm
If anyone performs this musical in the future, you must put in your playbill:

"Special thanks to Gothampc for bringing the subject up."

And if you win any awards, I get an invite to the after party.
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Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 02:57pm
I love the cast album, but it's a great deal different from the actual story and the two films. I don't think it would really play well on stage today but it has some wonderful songs.

If you want a samle of the score, Nina Simone's recording of "Marriage is For Old Folks" is wonderful:

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ErinDillyFan
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/06
Walter Mitty Musical
Posted: 7/21/14 at 04:53pm
When I saw "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" the directors notes said that he had planned on doing "Walter Mitty" and ordered a perusal copy of "Walter Mitty", but they had sent "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by mistake. After reading "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" he decided to do it instead. Since "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" was the worst show I have seen apparently the director found it better that Walter Mitty.

I have the recording of Walter Mitty and didn't find it inspiring.