Showstopper!

by Mark Steyn

John J. Miller’s post below did such a good job of putting me off James McAuley’s Kennedy observances in the New York Times that it wasn’t until I happened to catch this arresting headline that I clicked over and read it. Most of it’s the usual hooey, except for one passage. I can’t be the only old showtune queen thrilled to find the Times advancing, in all seriousness, the novel proposition that Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett singing a Frank Loesser number from The Most Happy Fella at Carnegie Hall was an ominous portent of November 22nd:

The wives of these men — socialites and homemakers, Junior Leaguers and ex-debutantes — were no different; in fact, they were possibly even more extreme. (After all, there’s a reason Carol Burnett pulls a gun on Julie Andrews at the end of the famous “Big D” routine the two performed before the assassination in the early 1960s. “What are ya,” she screams, pulling the trigger, “some kinda nut?!”)

Shortly before this performance, Julie Andrews had been starring on Broadway in . . . Camelot. Coincidence? Maybe. But, shortly after, she filmed The Sound Of Music, and begins by declaring, “The hills are alive . . .” A reference to the grassy knoll?