Be a Mensch

Given that the only way to mount a modern musical is to base it upon an existing property, I’ve decided that someone needs to make one of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. It’s awkward mix of comedy and suicide suits the hysterical pitch of the operetta perfectly, but it also has the key ingredient in any surefire West End/Broadway hit: colourful Jewish stereotypes. In the above clip (skip to 12:36 as youtube won’t let me deeplink to the correct moment), you see illustrated the moment when a piano trills, Dr Dreyfuss warms his voice and what is sure to be a future classic – the kind you find yourself incanting in the shower for years after the performance – begins to play. The song is called ‘Be A Mensch’ and I’m taking offers of composers from now onwards.

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