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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part V

BK: Did you ever want to play Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into NIght? EW: There were very few roles that I wanted to play. I never felt I was right for O’Neill. I think I felt it was too steeply emotional. That was a tough place to go. BK: It was a place […]

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Kevin Mynatt: Illuminating Salome at Florida Grand Opera

Kevin Mynatt has been Director of Production at Florida Grand Opera for the past eight years. His resume includes stints at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera. He earned an MFA in Lighting Design from Brandeis University. Recently, I spoke with Mynatt about the […]

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Discovering Salome

Over the weekend, I had the great pleasure of hearing two back‐to‐back performances of Richard Strauss’s 1905 masterpiece Salome at Florida Grand Opera, where I have been employed as the company’s Public Relations Manager since January 2017. I came to South Florida after a nearly three‐decade tenure as an editor at Opera News Magazine in […]

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part IV

EW: To have my career as I had it, I had to protect myself. I had to be positive. And even though I never became a star name, I still knew that I was pretty good, and that I had to take care of that, and that I didn’t want to slump down into the […]

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Screen and Screen and Again: Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

Stories of personal redemption were thick on the ground during Hollywood’s Golden Age, and often they were sticky and heavy‐handed and moralistic. Paramount’s 1941 drama Hold Back the Dawn is one of the best. It stars Charles Boyer as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian con man and professional heartbreaker down on his luck, who lands in […]

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part III

BK: Maybe Elia Kazan didn’t cast you in Splendor in the Grass, as we discussed a few weeks earlier. But you had quite a lot of movie activity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. EW: I did. BK: You played Kim Stanley’s “overseer” at the end of The Goddess (1958). EW: Yes. I’m not […]

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Barb Jungr and John McDaniel at 54 Below

Whenever I mention a singer I love in the world of cabaret, the question I get thrown at me a lot is, “Who is she like?” But Barb Jungr isn’t remotely like anyone else. On January 16, 2018 the amazing Jungr performed a one‐night only show at Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below with her music director, […]

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Screen and Screen Again: Bette Davis in The Whales of August

Bette Davis first cast her spell over me when I was about twelve. A local Oregon TV channel showed Jezebel, William Wyler’s 1938 romantic drama of the Old South, and I was mesmerized immediately. Davis was never more attractive onscreen; she also demonstrates an amazing ability, in just seconds, to transform her face from something […]

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part II

Here’s another excerpt from my chats with the distinguished actress Liz Wilson. I’m glad that people appear to have enjoyed the first installment so much. — B.K

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson – Part I

The other day, I wasn’t at my best and I began thinking about what could happen in that moment that would make me feel better. The first thing that sprang to mind was a good sit‐down chat with Liz. By Liz, I mean the gifted actress Elizabeth Wilson, who was a close friend of both […]

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