The other day I came across what seems to me a much more accurate description of their role in our lives. It was at the musical, Chicago. Sung by the good-natured, Amos Hart, who nobody notices inspite of his wide girth, the refrain is:
Should have been my name!!!!
'Cause you look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'm there!
I don't know whether Mister Cellophane existed in Maurine Dallas Watkins' 1926 play on which the musical is based, or if he was an invention of the lyricist, Fred Ebb, for the musical which had its debut in 1975. Both dates make sense. Dupont had opened the first cellophane manufacturing plant in the USA just two years before the play had its debut and in the 1970s plastics became the group of materials with the most uses in the world. Can anyone enlighten me?
Susan Lambert, Head of MoDiP