What I Almost Called My Book — Titles That Needed One More Revision to Get It Right

“Before there was ‘Oklahoma!’ there was ‘Away We Go!’ That was the original title of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that opened in New Haven in 1943. When it moved to Broadway weeks later, it was renamed after its rousing, now-famous second-act number. Would ‘Away We Go!,’ which suggests children on a wild adventure, have been as successful as the more plains-spoken ‘Oklahoma!’? Leave that to the theater mediums to debate. But rejected titles offer insights into playwrights’ alternate worlds, and conjure shows that could have been.”

What I Almost Called My PlayThe New York Times, March 11, 2015

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A Tale of One City

House of the Six Gables

Paradise Missing

The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea

From Here to a Few Years From Now

To Injure a Mockingbird

The Stepford Girlfriends

Dislike of Flying

No One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Some of the President’s Men

Fahrenheit 450

Catch-21

The Slightly Hungry Caterpillar

The Twitter Feed of a Wimpy Kid

The Postman Always Rings Once

Single Indemnity

Eat, Pray, Like

The Four People You Meet in Purgatory 

Girl Temporarily Gone

49 Shades of Grey

Gone with the Breeze