A Toast to the New Year

We have found no better wish for the New Year than this from poet/lyricist Fran Landesman.

franlandesmanA TOAST

Here’s pearls in your oyster
Here’s plums in your pie
Here’s fun in your future
And stars in your sky

Here’s mail in your mailbox
Here’s wisdom and wealth
Here’s sun in your summer
Good luck and good health.

Here’s everything you wish yourself
May all your dreams be sweet
Here’s wine and whiskey on your shelf
And wings upon your feet

Here’s fruit in your garden
Here’s cash in your hand
A lover to meet you
Wherever you land

Here’s strength to your elbow
Success in your art
Here’s pearls in your oyster
And me in your heart.

–  by Fran Landesman



Fran Landesman (1927 – 2011)

Recent recording of Fran Landesman/Simon Wallace songs

Before there was Rocco, there was his uncle Jay, who one day extended his hand to a young woman hanging out in Greenwich Village, and she became Fran Landesman, one of the finest poets (see above) and lyricists  on the planet (her first hit was the jazz classic “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”).

Fran Landesman sings ‘Scars’ in London’s 606 Club October 18, 2009 with the composer Simon Wallace on piano.

Fran Landesman left the scene on July 23, 2011.  Here is a personal tribute, by editor Lorraine Treanor, based on Lorraine’s times with Fran Landesman and her Fran Landesman tribute production, Queen of the Bohemian Dream.

Lorraine Treanor About Lorraine Treanor

Lorraine Treanor has been editor of DC Theatre Scene since 2006. She has produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and twice in the Capital Fringe festival. Her daughter Nina Norris is an artist working in Chicago. Life's a blast because she shares it with writer Tim Treanor.


  1. Thank you Lorraine and Tim and all the excellent writers at DCTheatreScene. Looking forward to a new year and lots of great shows.

  2. Love it! And, best to all of you at DC Theatre Scene–love your reviews, interviews, news, etc. etc. Great job!



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