In setting Maria Stuarda to music, Gaetano Donizetti did some of his most beautiful writing, not just for the title character and her prevailing adversary Elizabeth I. Throughout, Donizetti also imagined any number of ensembles
It seems friend Truman believed he was the only one entitled to examine the famous among his important friends. This kind of thinking about what constitutes real "journalism or reportage" would render the works of historians and biographers useless.
"OH, the stories, I have. But... they'll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn't hurt too much." That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch.
If hot music means more to you than heated politics, the place to be this past Tuesday wasn't Charlotte, North Carolina but New York City where Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye were -- as the title of their tandem show has it -- "Swingin' the Night Away."
The other night my friend Kristin Chenoweth, who is a Goodspeed alum, was being honored with the theater's award for "outstanding contributions to musical theater." The evening went off with a bang despite the fact that the adorable Kristin wasn't even there.
I had the privilege of singing with the choir at Marvin Hamlisch's funeral yesterday. And being present for the celebration of such a celebrated composer was moving in all of the ways one would expect it to be.
Even though I hadn't seen Marvin for half a decade, he taught me the most important lessons an artist can learn: Give people what they want in a way you want to give it to them when they want it and don't spend forever making it "perfect."