The musical was written with the well-known novelist Lonnie Coleman (Beulah
Land series), based on a concept, story, and book by Coleman. Lyrics are by
Gordon with the exception of "Think About the Daylight", where Coleman
supplied the basis for lyrical development. The musical is set on board a World
War II troop transport, the U.S.S. Susannah. It tells the story of love, sex,
and the wartime frustrations of a group of nurses and soldiers enroute to the
front lines. Main characters include Nick and Lettie, who represent love between
people who are not physically attractive, but whose strengths are humor and
compassion. New York agent Shirley Bernstein (Leonard's sister) considered representing
the property and sought multiple professional opinions regarding it. Feedback
from her submissions was that the writing, characters, and music were all brilliant,
but that the subject matter dated, distasteful, and would not appeal to a broad
audience. Without exception every evaluation claimed that material based on
World War II was absolutely destined to bomb. Ironically, this was just before
the stunning success of MASH. After MASH, this property was considered a copy.
With Coleman's death a few years later, efforts to get the work produced ceased.
The score is mostly intact. Gordon possesses a copy of a portion of the book
(pages are missing). Songs in the show include "Take a Man" and "Letty
Berne," revised for use in Libby, and "A Girl With No One on My Mind,"
used in both Hello, I Love You and Lovehandles as well as "Think About
the Daylight", used in Runaway. Never used elsewhere are such songs as:
"What-cha gonna do after the war's gone?","A Home Away from Home",
"Angels of Mercy", and "Wandering-Restless".