[PW] Headless Horseman play

Charles Early charles.early at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 13:02:58 PDT 2018


Elsie Simmons was also the lyricist for "Alice through the Looking Glass"
(on NBC in 1966) and at least one other musical in the 1960s.  Would ASCAP
have more information?

On Sun, Apr 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM, Liz Bezera <ebezera at gmail.com> wrote:

> A friend asks for help:
>
> [a comment elsewhere] reminded me of a fruitless web search I made several
> years ago, trying to locate sheet music to the first musical I ever
> appeared in when I was an eighth grader. The title of the show was Mr.
> Crane of Sleepy Hollow, an updated adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy
> Hollow. The number I remember best came late in Act 2, titled "The Headless
> Horseman," whose lyrics started out:
>
> 'Twas the impression
> He was a Hessian
> With his head all shot away.
> In that condition,
> This apparition
> Never showed his face by day.
>
> That's about all I can remember verbatim. Apparently the show made the
> rounds of the high school market during the 1960's and has since
> disappeared. The only trace of it I have found on the internet (other than
> newspaper morgue articles about various high school productions from the
> '60's) was a Library of Congress listing, giving "Book by Al Simmons,
> lyrics by Elsie Simmons, music by Larry Wagner." The copyright is listed in
> the name of Lancer Productions, which doesn't seem to exist nowadays.
>
> If anyone has any information that would help me track down this forgotten
> gem, I would be grateful. Mainly it's for the nostalgia of it, but I seem
> to remember the show being clever and engaging in an easy-going way. At
> least, it was to the eighth-grade me.
> ​***********
> Thanks for any help anyone can provide!
>
> Liz Bezera​
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