On the radio: Streisand and Streep

Jun 09

On the radio: Streisand and Streep

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in the studio with Chloe Veltman, host of the KALW radio show "Voicebox." Our topic of the evening was singing actresses. More specifically, we discussed the staggering talents of Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep, both of whom apply their prodigious acting skills to some marvelous song performances. Of course Streisand is as well known as a singer as she is an actress, but Streep is full of wonderful surprises as a singer.

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`Mamma Mia!’ and other movie musical mistakes

Jul 30

I know some people who have just flipped over the movie version of Mamma Mia! now plaguing movie theaters. I am not among them. Having seen the stage version several times, I knew just what I was in for. I enjoyed the show on stage, especially the first time, when the show made its U.S. premiere in San Francisco. I adore the music of ABBA and though the stage...

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‘Mama,’ Meryl, musings

May 27

Got a little excited when I saw the Mamma Mia! trailer in a movie theater recently. With the success of Hairspray last year, it looks like summer is becoming the season for frothy stage musicals turned silver screen tuners. Here’s one of the trailers. I like this one because it actually shows Meryl Streep singing. Here’s the trailer I saw in the...

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Loving Lily

Sep 01

Today (Sept. 1) is Lily Tomlin’s 67th birthday, so let’s all take a moment to appreciate her genius. Most recently, Tomlin was a marvel in A Prairie Home Companion, my favorite movie of the summer. Watching Tomlin and Meryl Streep play singing sisters is such an enormous pleasure. Their first number, “My Mississippi Home,” is so fun you...

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