(1951) Stage: Wrote (uncredited, w/Preston Sturges
) book for "Make a Wish" on Broadway
. Musical. Music / lyrics / vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
. Based on "The Good Fairy" by Ferenc Molnár
. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock
. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang
Abram S. Burrows
Did You Know?
Doctoring seldom cures a show. The sickness usually starts at the moment the author puts the first sheet of paper into his typewriter. All the redirecting and recasting can never help much if the basic story is wrong.
In addition to his fine work as a composer and playwright, he was also much in demand as a "script doctor". If a Broadway show needed a rewrite, he was often called to do the job. His talents were so well known, he was mentioned by name in the "Baby Fat" episode of
The Dick Van Dyke Show