We’ll take a cup of kindness yet

There’s a lovely piece by John Lahr in this week’s New Yorker on director/choreographer Susan Stroman, whose husband Mike Ockrent died of leukemia while they were planning The Producers:

“I didn't feel like working, and Mel came over, kind of stormed in. And he said, ‘Look, I really want you to direct and choreograph this.’ And he said, ‘You'll cry in the morning, and you’ll cry at night. But when you're with me during the day you will laugh. And that will save you.’ It did.” After Ockrent’s death, Stroman bought a bench in Central Park, on Literary Walk, near the statue of Robert Burns, whose birthday they had celebrated every year. In commemoration of their New Year’s wedding, the bench’s plaque refers to Burns’s most famous song: “Dear Mike, ‘We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne.’ Love, Stro.”

+ see also: Stroman tapping with Astaire