MY OLD FRIENDS
Book, Music and Lyrics
by Mel Mandel and Norman Sachs
While it tries to rectify inequities suffered by some of its citizens, the U.S. remains an adamantly segregationist society when it comes to the aged. No other culture, East or West, ships its old people off to the Gulag archipelago of nursing and retirement homes with such manifest indifference.
It may not seem like a larky subject or setting for a musical, but My Old Friends manages to sandwich a wedge of pathos between large slices of jollity. The characters encountered at the Gold en Days, a retirement hotel, are spunky individualists...