A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside.
Fascinating piece of TV/theater history. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music for this odd adaptation of the classic short story Evening Primrose. I've never read the original, but I've heard the radio adaptation, and I wonder how close each adaptation is. Certainly the ending of the radio show has been changed to a more musical friendly version of the tale. I found that the satirical elements of the tale come out more clearly in this version, while the suspense/creepy elements, so powerful when imagined on radio, are robbed of their power by the very nature of relatively low budget television. I was impressed, too, with the leads, especially Anthony Perkins, who I'd never seen in a musical before; I've often heard how his career was damaged by his Psycho typecasting, and that's in evidence here. Definitely worth a look by anyone who wants to see what a musical version of The Twilight Zone would look like.