Do you people think Paul will ever agree on writing a musical again? When he did the Capeman this was a high risk and it was never commercial. Todays musicals are completely different, they glorify a band (for example We will rock you or ABBA) - what would you think about a 'Simon and Garfunkel' musical...or even a 'Graceland musical' - for sure, it would not have that much new artistical output, but I am sure such a thing would have a hughe success.
Everyone would go to Broadway and see 'Graceland - Journey to Africa' or 'Bridge over troubled water - The Musical'
Unfortunately most of the Broadway musicals that make money today are so childish, I doubt Paul could demean himself low enough to have a success. Mary Poppins? Spiderman? I don't think even "Feelin' Groovy -- the musical" would make it.
That sentence was in the first Paul Simon interview I've ever read. Although I was a fan long before he was dead in the public in the years 1992-1997. I wasn't happy with that interview, I think it was made when the Capeman musica was already running and doing not so well...and although Paul did not mention it in any worth I had the feeling he was somehow frustrated at that point.
We should thank Bob Dylan because of the 1999 tour, I think that without Bob Paul would not have started touring at this point (maybe later)
I think things could have been different if The Capeman had been successful. Very likely that he would have performed again at one point, but maybe not as soon as 1999. The failure of Capeman rushed him to make YTO. Being Paul Simon, he was not going to accept that his career would end with a failure.