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So You Want to be a Movie Star …

I’ve invited author and director James L. Conway to join me today. In my two part series on the harsh realities of pursuing a career as a singer, dancer, or actor, I didn’t really cover what it means to aim … Continue reading

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So You Want to Sing, Act, Dance?-Part II

Last week we joined four young talents to discuss the realities of a performing career. As is clear from Part I, I am not in the business of dream-weaving. Darcy Dancer: How can I lose? I’m a triple threat! Cat: … Continue reading

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So You Want to Sing, Act, Dance?–Part I

I have convened a question and answer session with the Class of ’12 and invite you to sit in. I hand-picked the participants based on their high level of talent and their ability to listen. In other words, they are … Continue reading

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A Butterfly with Longevity

I’ve written a few translations for operas, and one of the lyrics I am most proud of is in Alfred’s drinking song, from Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus. Love is like a butterfly, Lasts at most but half a year. … Continue reading

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Happily Ever Hereafter

I’ve always been a sucker for a happy ending, even if that ending happened in the afterlife rather than on earth. Wuthering Heights was one of the first “classics” I read—when I was 12—and I was perfectly okay with Catherine … Continue reading

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When is a Voice “Old”?

One of the most memorable (and enjoyable) opera performances I ever witnessed was at the Met in the late 80s: Alfredo Kraus (then in his 70s) and Frederica von Stade in Massenet’s Werther. Granted, Kraus was famous for turning down … Continue reading

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Woody’s Latest Tango in Paris

Jeff and I went to see Midnight in Paris with a couple of Francophile friends soon after its opening. Paris-fans ourselves, we were predisposed to enjoy it, and we mostly did. An aside: I have a French friend, a conductor, … Continue reading

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There’s definitely an “I” in Team America, but is there a “We”?

I’m picking up last week’s thread of defining “the funny,” when funny means something entirely different depending on your target audience or readership—“guy-guys” versus simply “guys” versus “young women” versus “older women” (whatever that means to you). Then there are … Continue reading

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“Everyone Loves The Funny”: Say WA?

Years ago, when I first tried to pitch Diva at a writers’ conference, I attended an agents and editors’ panel. Thinking that my book’s major selling point was its humor, I was pleased to see that one of the agents … Continue reading

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Oops, I did it again or, Perry and Drawing Blanks in Public

The topic of memory lapses is much in the news these days, with Perry’s big gaffe this week. I think he would have gotten away with just putting his foot in his mouth, but then he had to go and … Continue reading

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