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March 29, 2007

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CJ

The show was doomed without having some lovely ladies up there. The show should have been lovely ladies mingling with the audience and performing in VERY close proximity to them.Like Tony and Tina's Wedding, but with handjobs.That's how the SEC and Big 10 get recruits, so why not Uncle Sam.

VP19

But if you decide the problem was not the idea but the show we selected, I’m happy to consult when you stage WICKED.No, no -- what you do is blend the two. Ladies and gentlemen, Kristin Chenoweth in "Private Benjamin ... the Musical!"

la guy

"For the next THREE years five of us fighting thesps went around to reserve battalions on the west coast and performed this extravaganza..."Wow... and I thought John McCain suffered during the Vietnam War.On the plus side it must have made any rejection you faced in Hollywood seem mild by comparison.Are performers eligible for the Purple Heart?

benson

What is it that George Carlin said about "Military Intelligence"?

Phil

Ken, I've enjoyed many a post of yours but that was..... beautiful.

The Curmudgeon

"[T]here is a big difference between Ann Jillian... and Ken Levine in a wig."I should hope so.For your family's sake, if nothing else.

Michael Zand

Don't sell yourself short, Ken. I bet you look better in Ann Jillian's wigs than she does today.

Ken Levine

You'd be surprised. Ann Jillian looks GREAT today. She truly does.

Michael Zand

No offense meant. I know that Miss Jillian is a brave and classy lady. I was just going for the joke.

Ken Levine

None taken. Hey, wait a minute, I'm NOT Ann Jillian, just her in a wig.

Anonymous

Nobody re-upped? After reading that description, I'm surprised nobody defected.

Herb Popsfarter

Sangria... I just drank some booze called Sangriahhhhh. (hic) Where do I enlist?

Paul Duca

After reading this, I am even more convinced in the rightness of my belief in the fundimental strength of the United States, as it survived its most vulnerable period...when Ken Levine was given the responsibility of defending it.And you don't have to feel ashamed in the presence of Sondheim...Stephen's done a few things he probably isn't proud of himself. For example, allowing GYPSY's "All I Need Is the Girl" to be rewritten, for performance as a duet by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello on an episode of HULLABALOO. Or licensing "Comedy Tonight" (from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM) to Chrysler Corporation for use in Plymouth advertising. I can direct you to an aircheck on Reelradio where you can here them singing "Fury A Go-Go"(not to mention his TOPPER scripts)

kla83

Did you ever write a M*A*S*H epidsode as funny or was it rejected as too unrealistic?Maybe the problem was source material. SOUTH PACIFIC seems like more of a natural for a military show. You know--"Bloody carnage is the life I love (boom boom boom boom)"

Anonymous

When's the movie coming out?

Anonymous

This post reminds me of the episode of MASH where Hawkeye, Trapper, Henry, and Hot Lips performed "My Blue Heaven" at a camp charity talent show. The audience, having endured the dreadful, off-key performance, stormed for the door when Henry yelled "One more time!"

Juancho

West Side Story: Too much prancing, not enough mincing.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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