Today we are writing about something we think about all the time: titles of plays.
So many titles, in our opinion, are not at all helpful to a play’s success.
I remember talking with Richard Rodgers about the title Oklahoma!. While it is very recognizable now, back then it was a really bad idea to name a musical about a lonely, grim sounding state. Of course, the most obvious title would have been to leave it as the same title as the play it was based on: Green Grow The Lilacs, a romantic sounding title.
However, for legal reasons that title could not be used and believe it or not, the title Oklahoma! was about 312th on the list of possibilities.
At any rate, it is so easy to think of titles that would intrigue us into going to see the play of that title.
So we urge you to look at the theatre directory of New York Times and have your thoughts about the titles you see there. Some are very good, others not so much. Which ones catch your eye and makes you want to see them and which ones make you want to stay far, far away?
Philip & Marilyn Langner