Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Little Night Music

R.I.P. Mike Nichols.

The Graduate was directed by Mike Nichols and was the first R-rated movie I ever saw.  It was April 1968 in Newport, Rhode Island, I was fifteen, and my parents took me.

There are many, many stories about Mike Nichols, but one of my favorites is about when he was directing the original production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” with Art Carney and Walter Matthau on Broadway.  He and Matthau did not get along and after one particularly nasty exchange between the director and actor, Matthau came down to the apron of the stage and said, “Okay, Mike, can I have my balls back now?”  Without missing a beat Nichols snapped his fingers and yelled “Props!”

2 barks and woofs on “A Little Night Music

  1. A friend of my partner knew Nichols pretty well and told a lot of stories about him. When Nichols was young and starting out he worked at a Baskin Robbins in Times Square. The rule was that whenever a customer asked what flavors you had, you had to recite all 32 (I think) varieties, from memory. This even if the guy in line in front of him had asked the same question and he’d heard the answer.

    Nichols’s patience ran out one day. A tourist, who’d heard the whole recitation already, came to the head of the line and asked, “Hey, what kind of ice cream do you have here?” Nichols looked him straight in the eye and said, “chicken.”

    He was fired.

  2. This is my favorite movie and song of all time. It was my time, I was 20 and ready to go. Thank you Mike Nichols from another Mike.

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