Subject: The Life of a Salesman
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon June 7, 1999 at 9:30AM

The Life of a Salesman

Tonys were awarded on Broadway yesterday
To some of the finer musicals and dramatic plays
Including a few revivals of some extraordinary note
(Plays which have done the rounds on other floats)

Such as Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
And a play by Arthur Miller with enormous depth
Which was awarded several honors for its production
Including Brian Dennehy for his portrayal of Willie Loman

And also, Elizabeth Franz for her feature role in the play
And Robert Falls ... who directed them both, come what may
And also, Arthur Miller - collected an honorary for life achievement
(Having now finally gotten over his Marilyn Monroe bereavement)

Saying if Death of a Salesman or Iceman had arrived
At any producer's office as part of the script landslide ...
Neither one of them would've been given the time of day
For each of them are much too risky ventures for pay

And also winning Tonys was yet another revival
Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin's triumphal)
Winning for Bernadette Peters' performance as Annie
And also ... the musical itself ... in the revival category

Although Musical Direction honors went to Matthew Bourne
For his wild revision of Swan Lake - away from the norm
And the best modern musical award went to Fosse
For its summarization of all of that man's incredible posse ...

Of shows - for which he won awards too numerable to mention
The best scenes of which are all combined in this invention
Also winning Tonys for Lighting and Orchestrations
Very valuable contributions to a wonderful demonstration

Featured acting awards went to the players who aren't down
For they're in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Which will now get a needed boost at the box office
A fun-type musical - which well delivers its promise ...

Based upon the characters created by Schultz
In a cartoon strip having had more lives cuz its cool
Drifting thru the lives of Snoopy and Woodstock
And their masters - Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the lot

... Schroeder, Pig Pen, Patsy and one or two more
All having given us so much fun with their store
Of one-liners and plays on words and ironic twists
All of which have kept many of us in laughing fits

And then some other awards went to things like Side Man
Featured Actor for Frank Woods - part of that jazz-based stand
And Martin Short for his lead role in the musical Little Me
A far cry from tv like Saturday Night Live and Second City ...

And Dame Judi Dench for her role in Amy's View
Winning her second major award for this year, too ...
Now she can add a Tony along-side her Oscar for Shakespeare in Love
A clear sign she's on a winning streak and has someone above ...

And Arthur Uhry collected one for writing the book for Parade
But since it's already ended, it's a wee bit of a shame
But, never-the-less, a nice tribute for the writer of Driving Miss Daisy
Which won its share of Oscars that year and so very much praising

All in all ... a wonderful compliment to the past year's theatrical events
Which consist of so many noteworthy excursions and clever invents
A fitting statement about Broadway's invincible stature
As the premier force behind entertainment mature ....

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
8:55am Monday, June 7th, 1999