Does this look like the kind of a character that a theatrical musical is made of? Oh yes. Yes it does.
I believe—as more than a few other theatre lovers do—that William Donald Schaefer is the perfect subject, central character, for a musical. If Mayor Schaefer wasn't a colorful, political personality in a storied city then I don't know anyone who was.
Here's the news from Baltimore's Theatre Project:
Do it Now!
A Staged Reading of a New Musical
Four-term Mayor William Donald Schaefer was an iconic Baltimorean - boisterous cheerleader, semi-lunatic showman, vexing paranoiac and unimpeachable savior.
Join us for a reading of Do it Now!, a new musical in development about "Mayor Annoyed"'s quest to make Baltimore a great city.
The music and lyrics are by BSO multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jonathan Jensen; award-winning playwright Rich Espey has written the book.
There will be a talkback after the reading to help the creators further develop the work.
Not convinced that Baltimore's very own comic, clown, and Mayor had the chops?
Now then, buy a couple of tickets and let's help this project grow. It's our chance to make some Charm City theatre history. Let's get that libretto written and polished; let's get the tunes scored and fine tuned.
7:30 pm, Sunday July 15 only!
Suggested donation: $10
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Still not convinced that the story of a city's mayor is the stuff of which theatre is made? Think Broadway. 1959 - 1961. On November 23rd 1959 Fiorello! opened on the Great White Way.
Broadway poster, Fiorello!, 1959
Fiorello! is a musical featuring the story of New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, a reform Republican who took on Tammany Hall. The book is by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott—based on the 1955 tome Life With Fiorello by Ernest Cuneo—with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. Fiorello! is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Now you know. Buy a couple of tickerts to the staged reading, give feedback, and let's show the theatre world that William Donald Schaefer was, indeed, the most colorful mayor in America—a mayor well worth a musical.