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10,000 Auditions: 10 Year Reunion

“Do you sing?” asked director Keith Baxter. I started crooning Gershwin. “Oh, not like that. Stand at the back of the room and sing to the wall.” Ten seconds into my audition for Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid at Michael Kahn’s Shakespeare Theatre Company and I’d already blown it. “Do you dance?” Clown I am, I swiveled around …

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On Family Resemblance

My sister is the spitting image of my dad. So Italian, so petite. Dark hair, dark eyes. A nose that is Roman but not too Roman. And the older she gets, the more she looks like our lovely Irish mom with her pert cheeks and tiny teeth. I, on the other hand, look so unlike …

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Bernstein Centennial

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. -Leonard Bernstein That was certainly true for the Maestro when he debuted Mass at the Kennedy Center in 1971. Not only was Bernstein way behind schedule, he’d even brought in Steven Sondheim, Steven Schwartz, and Paul Simon to help with …

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Cassini’s Grand Finale

In Roman mythology, Saturn, king of the Titans, feared he would be overthrown by one of his children and so ate five of six upon their births. At 4:55 am this morning, we witnessed the first bite as Cassini flew into the gas giant at 75,000 mph, vaporizing in its atmosphere. How honored I was to be …

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