Four years ago next month, Satchmo at the Waldorf, my first play, was premiered in Orlando, Florida. Since then it’s been produced in Lenox, Los Angeles, New Haven, Philadelphia, and off Broadway, and it’ll be staged later this season in Chicago, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, and West Palm Beach. Now I’ve received word that a package containing the very first printed copies of Dramatists Play Service’s acting edition of Satchmo has just been shipped to my New York apartment. Alas, I’m not there and won’t be until next week, but my agent e-mailed me this photo to tide me over.
In case you’ve ever wondered whether dreams come true…well, they do. And sometimes the reality is even better than the dream.
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Louis Armstrong and the All Stars perform “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” in Stockholm in 1962: