Posted 21 March 2000 - 12:01 AM
I'd love to get a copy of that book. I remember being entranced by glamorous photos of Sono Osato in some of the old ballet books I'd pore over in the Dallas library--photos by Barron (sp?), Cecil Beaton (I think)--can't remember all the photographers' names, but the old black and whites from the '30s-'50s were just dripping with glamour, atmosphere and character. Anyway, I remember pictures of Osato in Rimsky-Korsakov's "Le Coq d'Or" with one of the Ballets Russes companies. Then, of course, I'd listen incessantly to Leonard Bernstein's "On The Town," on which her character doesn't sing at all, but has three lines: "Who--me?"; "Ohhh"; and "Gaby!" She had a great success in the show, playing Ivy, the girl chosen to be 'Miss Turnstiles for June,' but I don't know if it's even her voice on the recording, as it was made quite a few years after the show closed, and a few parts were not performed by the originators. I think it was Agnes De Mille who credited Sono Osato with teaching Mary Martin how to walk like a human being again, when Ms. Martin returned to the stage from Hollywood, where Ms. De Mille felt they had practically ruined all Ms. Martin's native charm. Now, why in the world do I remember that?