No Way to Treat a Lady
Book, Music, & Lyrics by
Jack Noseworthy, Kevin Symons, Heather Lee, Erica Piccininni
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No Way to Treat a Lady
William Goldman's novel No Way to Treat a Lady was first published under the pseudonym Harry Longbaugh, the real name of the Sundance Kid. His career in Hollywood was launched when Cliff Robertson read the galleys of the novel and hired him to work on the screenplay for Charley. Goldman was fired from that film, but Robertson recommended him to write the screenplay for Harper, which starred Paul Newman and became a smash hit. (Goldman writes of this episode in his book Adventures in the Screen Trade.)
He went on to write the Academy Award-winning screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men, among many others, as well as the novel and screenplay The Princess Bride. No Way to Treat a Lady was the first of his novels to be sold to the movies, and was produced by Paramount Pictures in 1968 starring George Segal as Detective Morris Brummell, Lee Remick as his girlfriend Sarah Stone, Rod Steiger as the killer Christopher Gill, and Eileen Heckart as Morris's mother, Flora.
After seeing the movie, Douglas J. Cohen was inspired to read the novel, and the idea for a musical version of Goldman's story was born. No Way to Treat a Lady, the musical, had its world premiere in 1987 Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Cohen sent demo recordings from that production to Rod Steiger and Lee Remick, and received gracious responses from both of them. Steiger personally called to say how much he liked it. Remick wrote a letter which stated, "I think the score is absolutely wonderful, and it makes me realize that I wish it had been a musical in the first place!"
After productions and workshops at several prestigious regional theatres, No Way to Treat a Lady returned to Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company in 1996 with significant revisions and new songs, and the limited run was extended due to popular and critical acclaim. Since then it has had professional productions in many major cities in the U.S. and Canada and been translated into five languages for productions abroad. Currently, there is a production running in Amsterdam and another touring Sweden.
The Colony production marks its Los Angeles premiere.
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