According to the Washington Post, Jimmy Buffett honored novelist Herman Wouk and sang some songs from the musical “Don’t Stop the Carnival”: “Wouk & Remembrance: Library of Congress Again Honors Novelist”
But it was the sockless Buffett — bounding onstage, he promptly shed his shoes as well — who offered the evening’s most startling change of pace.
“People have asked me for years, ‘How the hell did you and Herman Wouk get together?’ ” Buffett said. Long story short, he’d somehow gotten the idea of turning Wouk’s “Don’t Stop the Carnival” — in which a New York PR guy plays out midlife fantasies on a tropical isle — into a Broadway musical.
So Buffett wrote Wouk a letter. “Who are you?” the author replied. But he eventually signed on, despite the fact that he didn’t know what reggae was. “Don’t Stop the Carnival” ran for a few weeks in Miami in 1997.
“We never made it to Broadway, but the carnival is still happening,” Buffett said. Then he proved it with a medley of songs from their collaboration. Seated onstage, Wouk smiled and mouthed the lyrics.
USA Today has a nice review “Jimmy Buffett reunites with Herman Wouk
But Buffett’s shoes weren’t fitting. Saying he was “terribly nervous” and remarking on “the tough crowd,” he took off his navy blue blazer and his black loafers and sang a medley of Carnival songs he said he had put together yesterday in his Sag Harbor, N.Y., studio. Wouk smiled and sang along with some of the words. “We never made it to Broadway,” said Buffett, grinning at the elderly Wouk, “but the carnival is still happening.”