Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the exclusive...press release

CHICAGO, IL – For the first time in 45 years, the entire cast of “The Sound of Music” will gather for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion on the “Oprah” show stage on Friday, October 29, 2010.  Stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, along with fellow cast members Charmian Carr (“Liesl”), Nicholas Hammond (“Friedrich”), Heather Menzies-Urich (“Louisa”), Duane Chase (“Kurt”), Angela Cartwright (“Brigitta”), Debbie Turner (“Marta”) and Kym Karath (“Gretl”) will reunite and reveal the stories behind one of the world’s most beloved movie musicals.  Together for the first time in nearly half a century, the cast shares secrets from the set, reminiscences about their time together and what their lives have been like in the years since the movie was released.  Finally, the von Trapp Children – a singing group featuring members of the real von Trapp family – pay their own special tribute to the film that made their family name known throughout the world.
Considered by many to be the most successful movie musical in history*, “The Sound of Music” took home five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1965.  Its first release lasted over 4½ years.  It is shown annually on network television; has been released for home entertainment on VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and has recently been digitally remastered and restored for its high definition Blu-ray Disc debut November 2; unites new fans and old through the amazing SINGALONG SOUND OF MUSIC events nationwide; and the soundtrack CD is one of the best selling soundtracks of all time, having gone Platinum more than 12 times.   Its landmark score includes some of the most beloved songs in the American songbook including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and the title song.
*Box Office Mojo:  Adjusted for inflation, its domestic gross box office take would be over $1.13 billion. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm
About “The Oprah Winfrey Show”
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" has remained the number one talk show for 24 consecutive seasons, winning every sweep since its debut in 1986.** It is produced in Chicago by Harpo Productions, Inc. and syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution and to 145 countries by CBS Studios International. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

here.there.and everywhere

The weekend before last found me in Oakland, California for an appearance at the New Rheem Theatre.  It was a quick trip but I had a great time.
This week you could find me in Chicago. What a city. What I love about Chicago...the people, the architecture, the art...what I don't like...the wind. I found myself fascinated by how people kept their hair from looking like mine...wild and crazy. 
I was with my son Jesse and we had a blast. We were lucky enough to find time to visit the best museum ever...the Art Institute of Chicago where we found the most outstanding exhibits.  Henri Cartier-Bresson - The Modern Century left Jesse and I in awe.
The museums collection of Impressionist art is astounding, and I found myself standing in front of Van Goghs "The Bedroom"1889... I have always wanted to see it.
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec "At The Moulin Rouge" impressed Jesse.
a few pieces of art I was mystified by...
Two Sisters

Pierre Auguste Renoir. Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881

Oil on canvas  39 9/16 x 37 7/8 in. (100.5 x 81 cm
Water Lilies
Claude Monet  French, Water Lilies, 1906  Oil on canvas 34 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. (87.6 x 92.7 cm)
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884
 Georges Seurat  A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884, 1884-86
Oil on canvas  81 3/4 x 121 1/4 in. (207.5 x 308.1 cm)

I could not believe how big this piece of art was. It was huge, with thousands of miniature dots creating a border around it. Amazing...and there were hundreds more pieces of art that were out of this world. O'Keefe, Picasso, Gaugain, Cassatt...I could have spent days...but we had one more exhibit we wanted to see and that was the Thorne Miniature Rooms.
If you love miniatures...you have to see this...

 I was shooting through glass so check out more here
It's all in the details...

If you are a miniature freak like me...You'll love this book. All 69 rooms shown in detail.    
 There was more to this trip...but you'll have to wait...

“I prowled the streets all day, feeling very strung-up and ready to pounce, determined to ‘trap’ life—
to preserve life in the act of living.” 
—Cartier-Bresson in 1952, recalling his work of the early 1930s

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

what...september already?

Well...that happened fast...Where has this year gone? I have been working like a mad woman...and...loving every minute...There is so much going on...some things I cannot talk about yet...but I will...very soon...

When I was a child..if I had a grump-face...my British Mom used to say: "You have a face like the back of a bus." But somehow...I don't think this is what she was referring to...
My friend who is touring Austria sent me this to let me know I am on the road...with my eyes closed...In fact...we all have our eyes closed...
Are we...
A. Feeling the music or
B. Been drawn by an artist who has yet to learn how to draw open eyes...hmmm

you decide...
More tomorrow...