Joe Keenan

Putting On The Ritz
  • Putting On The Ritz

  • Following the hilarious debacle of Blue Heaven, librettist Philip Cavanaugh has again allowed himself to be drawn into a fiendish money-making plan by his friend and ex-lover Gilbert Selwyn.

    Gilbert has fallen in with Tommy Parker, a veritable Adonis and a magazine editor employed by media magnate Boyd Larkin. Philip's brief is to spy on Larkin's greatest adversary Peter Champion. To this end Philip enters the Champion entourage - a clan so poisonous they make the Borgias look Amish - with his songwriting partner Claire. Together they are to turn Champion's talentless wife Ilsa (a woman so rich she 'ovulates Fabergé eggs') into a chanteuse.

    As Philip and Gilbert out-spy each other in vying for Tommy's admiration, plot follows counter-plot in a novel whose comic complications, devastating repartee and cast of high-hat lowlifes is nothing short of dazzling and unforgettable.

Joe Keenan is a playwright, lyricist and the author of two previous novels, Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz. He wrote and produced Frasier for seven years, receiving five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and is now the Producer of Desperate Housewives. He lives in Los Angeles.