by Stuart Munro
The thing I didn’t see coming at all but am OVER THE MOON about?
Good news, though. Leo’s back! I know this kid isn’t a terribly good actor, and that once Julia’s marriage ended and Leo went off to college he kind of became unnecessary, but I always liked him. Maybe it’s just because I think he’s adorable. In any case, he gives Julia an idea for a new musical: The Great Gatsby. Apparently she and Tom have wanted to do this show for ages, but the rights were never available. About ten years ago I was involved in a reading of a musical version of Gatsby, and one of the authors told me that the only thing in the way was the rights which would be available “soon.” So who knows. Maybe it’s not that crazy an idea after all. In the Smash universe, Ahrens and Flaherty (of Ragtime fame) held the rights, but they’ve let them lapse. So Julia’s lawyer is working on it. No offence to Julia and Tom, but I’d take an Ahrens and Flaherty Gatsby over theirs any day of the week.