Riedel today reminds us of a larger metaphorical significance in the passing of Robert Goulet:
Where he made his mark (and his millions) was on the road - in "Man of La Mancha," "South Pacific" and, of course, countless tours of "Camelot."
Goulet was, in fact, the last of the touring stars, an elite circle that once included Mary Martin, Yul Brynner and Carol Channing.
These musical theater brand names guaranteed sold-out houses from Buffalo to Seattle, San Diego to Baltimore.
Those days pretty much ended in the '90s, when the shows themselves became the stars. "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" didn't need Robert Goulet to sell tickets.
True. Think of it: who are our nationally known theatrical stars any more? And I don't mean Hollywood stars imported to star on Broadway.
Speaking of Goulet, no tribute would be complete without some, I'm sure well-intentioned, ribbing from Will Ferrell...