A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside.
When the lights go out, they come alive!
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Did You Know?
Writer James Goldman
's wife was about to give birth and he wanted money for a bigger apartment to accommodate the baby, so friend Stephen Sondheim
finagled a deal to create an original musical for "ABC Stage 67" and the duo rushed to complete it to ensure that Goldman could quickly get a paycheck in hand. See more
As Charles wanders into the busy department store, several patrons stop and stare directly into the camera. See more
Tell me, Harkins, are you happy here?
No, madam, I'm not happy here.
But you stay on?
Yes, madam, I stay on.
Why do you?
I'm so frightened of the dark men!
The program was shot and telecast in color, but the master videotape vanished from the vaults decades ago. The DVD version is in black-and-white, transferred from the best of the three kinescope prints which are known to exist. See more
I Remember Sky
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Charmian Carr See more