It was during an interview with Mediabistro last fall that Johnny Carson‘s former attorney Henry Bushkin first publicly revealed his plans for a musical based on his book Johnny Carson:
“We are in the midst of some very interesting and confidential discussions about a Broadway play with music centered around a particular year, like 1980, in Carson’s life and my life. Like a snippet. All I can say is that there’s compelling interest in that. The Broadway audience is Carson’s sweet spot. The entertainment value of it is going to be significant.”
We hear that Bushkin’s pal, jazz man Steve Tyrell, is creating tunes for the show, and rehearsals will take place at Bushkin’s summer home in upstate Bedford. Tyrell has just gotten back from London, where he performed at Prince Charles’ birthday bash.
It remains to be seen whether a finished product will make it to Broadway, off-Broadway or some other theatrical showcase.
For the planned NBC miniseries about Carson, we suggested Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That actor would also be fantastic for the musical, as he reminded during a recent, special Celebrity Lip Sync battle on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.