May 18, 1938
Dear John: 1
So far I haven't been able to hit on any title for our venture that sounds acceptable even to my ears. However, I'm glad the old one is unavailable if Sidney didn't like it. There should be a certain unanimity toward the label.
I seem to be getting along very well with the operetta 2 but it's a new form for me and I can't be sure. Kurt Weill returns from the coast in about ten days and I expect to be able to show him a completed script, subject to revision, after we have talked it over. He plans to go to work on the music as soon as he gets here. I shall not want to submit the script to the playwrights until the revisions are completed, probably about the middle of June. Burgess Meredith has read the first half and says he wants to play the lead. On the other hand, I should want him to take the best part he can get and my script doesn't absolutely require him. 3
Let's hope inspiration falls from the clouds on somebody in regard to that name. If anything occurs to me I'll let you know at once. Thanks for talking to Alfred Sturt4 and for you bulletins on general progress. I shall set down the 42nd Street address for use after the first of June.