thanks for playin’

The results are in from Friday’s giveaway. Out of almost 200 submissions not a single one of you, dear readers, came close to guessing the correct answer. (Though a number of inventive answers – thank you, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! – did give me a good chuckle.) Perhaps I was being too obscure, too arcane, too whatever.  Cut me some slack and I’ll do the same for you. I’ll even up the stakes to dinner for the next go around – with me or without me.  Now without further delay: the headline “I’ll Be Happy When the Lilacs Bloom Again” was a reference to the Fats Waller song I’ll Be Happy When the Nylons Bloom Again from the show that made Nell Carter a star, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 1978, Ain’t Misbehavin’.

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i’ll be happy when the lilacs bloom again

It’s a lovely spring morning here in NYC – made better by the discovery of my favorite patch of flora in wild, fragrant bloom. To celebrate, I’m having my first ever giveaway:  a memorable meal (ok, a free lunch avec moi) to the first person who can guess the obscure musical theater reference in today’s headline.

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