Ace of Diamonds
Ace of Diamonds was a musical based on letters that Calamity Jane wrote to her
daughter that Melanie wrote the lyrics and music for. . . some of the songs that
we have come to love from it were Hand Me Downs (Golden Chains) and Runnin' After
The musical was workshopped in NY in 1981 or 1982 and there was a public reading - you can hear all the songs at Melanie Multimedia Site Real Audio of Ace Of Diamonds web page.
Apparently - so the story goes, the lead producer died before it could make it to Broadway and the project fell through. The book had a lot of problems, but the music was great.
From Marc Mercurio's archives
NOTES AND QUOTES: Remember Melanie, the singer with the little-girl voice who
rose to fame more than a decade ago with the hit song Brand New Key? She'll be back
on stage in New York with the lead role in a new musical called "Ace of Diamonds",
about the life of Calamity Jane. . . . by Joe Blundo
Of The Dispatch Staff