Posted in Uncategorized, tagged about new york, jay hunter morris, jim dwyer, Luna & Stella, master class, music, nyt, opera, paris texas, peter gelb, play, ring cycle, siegfried, star is born, theater, wagner on November 18, 2011 |
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I love stories like this one in today’s NY Times, “Out of the Spotlight, Until the Met Needed a Tenor.”
Jim Dwyer writes in his About New York column, “Until a few weeks ago, Jay Hunter Morris had spent much of his early 40s in the invisible universe of the backup opera singer, a life that included selling Rollerblades in Central Park and passing out towels at gyms.
“Then he got The Call.
“ ‘We were in a rehearsal room, doing the understudy rehearsal,’ Mr. Morris said.
“Waiting for him was Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Gelb needed a tenor, and fast, to take on what people in opera say is one of the most demanding roles ever written: Siegfried, the hero of the third part of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle, a five-and-a-half-hour production. The role had eaten up two tenors before opening night, with the second falling ill with less than two weeks to go. …
“ ‘Mr. Gelb looked me in the eye and said, “Can you do this?” ‘ Mr. Morris recalled. ‘I said, “Yes, I can.” ‘ He nodded … “O.K., I’m going to give you a chance.” ‘ ”
A star was born.
P.S. Got any young stars graduating from the middle school musical to, say, community theater? Consider a gift like this one from Suzanne’s company, Luna & Stella.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged antrim players, ben brantley, cagney and lacy, gypsy, James Daly, mama rose, maria callas, master class, suffern, summer stock, tyne daly on July 15, 2011 |
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I am a huge fan of Tyne Daly, the actress. I enjoyed her on the TV series “Cagney and Lacy,” was blown away by her Mama Rose in the musical ”Gypsy,” and am not at all surprised by Ben Brantley’s July 8, 2011, glowing review of her portrayal of Maria Callas in “Master Class.”
He writes, “Ms. Daly transforms that script into one of the most haunting portraits I’ve seen of life after stardom.”
But I was not always a fan. No way. Not when Tyne was taking all the ingenue roles at the Jr. Antrim Players in Suffern and a cute guy I knew was always drooling about “Time for Tyne.”
Nope. Starting with Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore,” in which I was crummy ol’ Cousin Hebe, Tyne snared all the lead roles. We girls in wallflower parts would hiss to one another with resentful envy, “Of course, she comes from a theater family,” and ”Her father is James Daly,” and “The whole family does summer stock.” We didn’t like to admit that Tyne was also very comfortable and capable on the stage, had a sweet voice, and was pretty.
Fortunately we grew up and learned to give credit where credit is due.
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