In 1968, Harry Nilsson began work on a Broadway musical he conceived about the Wright Brothers. To help write the book for "How Wright You Are," Nilsson enlisted David Sontag[1] and John Bradford[2]. Nilsson would provide the score. They intended to use the "living screen technique developed in Czechoslovakia"[3] as well as "projections and graphics."

 

"Nilsson is said to have completed 14 songs, while Sontag and Bradford are into the second act of the book."[4]

 

Nilsson said that he would liked to have Tommy and Dick Smothers play the Wright Brothers in the musical. [5]

 

The play was never produced, but Alyn Shipton found a "substantial draft" of the work, renamed "Orville and Wilbur," in Harry's personal files. It is based on Orville Wright's long struggle to get the Smithsonian to acknowledge that the Wrights had built and flown the first successful powered airplane.[6]