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Saturday Letters

Don't Forget Longstreet

June 01, 2002

While I was glad to see Daryl H. Miller's positive review of that old Broadway chestnut, "High Button Shoes" ("'High Button Shoes' Still Provides Delight," May 27), I felt dismay that he listed practically everyone associated with the Broadway production of 1947, including (in order of their mention) Jerome Robbins, George Abbott, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn and Phil Silvers, but no mention of the librettist, Stephen Longstreet, nor Silvers' co-star, Nanette Fabray.

Fabray is still with us, so she can speak for herself at the oversight. But Longstreet has passed away and I am here to speak for him. The Times ran a wonderful obit of this brilliant renaissance man--he was a prolific writer, artist and jazz musician--and perhaps that was enough. But since he wrote the show's book, I feel it wouldn't hurt to remind your readers of Longstreet's infinite variety.

JIM PINKSTON

Los Angeles

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