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  1. I tried posting this in my original post but it disappeared into the ether. Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Ann Miller and Della Reese together. And the Merm "sings" her signature song to Van Johnson!
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    Royal Ballet 2018-19 season

    Thiago Soares has announced that the 2018-19 season will be his last as a full-time Principal. (He will be a guest Principal next season but doesn't specify what that will entail):
  3. As cruel as this may be, I imagine the vast majority of people, upon hearing this news, would say, "Who's Carol Channing?" Outside of musical theater devotees, Channing's portrayals of Lorelei Lee and Dolly Levi have long since been eclipsed by the portrayals of her movie counterparts, especially in regard to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and "Hello Dolly". Perhaps Channing fell victim to the phenomenon Van Johnson talked about at the end of his very long life -- living long enough to see your fame disappear.
  4. Benjamin Millepied has posted on his Instagram account that Andy de Groat has died: And an excerpt from his "Fan Dance":
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    Jose Manuel Carreno

    I didn't see this mentioned elsewhere . . . Dancing Times in the UK has been discussing dance in Mexico in recent issues. The December 2018 issue devotes space to Ballet de Monterrey (BDM), which is now directed by Jose Manuel Carreno. The magazine quotes Carreno: "I think Monterrey has very traditional tastes, and the classics fill the theatre, so we are bringing them back, despite the fact that we also have contemporary works in the repertoire." The current season includes Phantom of the Opera (by Cuban Alberto Mendez), The Nutcracker, La Fille mal Gardee (Alicia Alonso version) and Don Quixote. http://www.balletdemonterrey.com/directorartistico/
  6. Female on the Beach with Natalie 'Lovey Howell' Schafer pimping out Jeff Chandler is definitely tasty! It's interesting to compare Female on the Beach (with Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler) to Daddy Long Legs (with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron) given that they both came out in the same year (1955) and revolve around May-December relationships. Daddy Long Legs presents its older man-(much) younger woman relationship as a fairy tale with singing and dancing. Meanwhile, Female on the Beach presents its older woman-(somewhat) younger man relationship as a sordid tale of desperation, prostitution and murder. Even the age gap is telling: 32 years separated Astaire and Caron while Crawford and Chandler were only 15 years apart.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    She's the Roz Russell of Releve , , ,
  8. Oh God - Torch Song! That really kicked off Joan Crawford's 1950s camp phase which included other overripe specimens such as Johnny Guitar (1954), Female on the Beach (1955) and Queen Bee (1955). Worst of all, she would be reduced to taking a supporting role in 1959 with The Best of Everything. (She's great in it, though.) The big comeback in 1962 still lay in the future!
  9. I love researching things like this! During the life of Leslie Caron's seven year contract with M-G-M in the 1950s, she made nine pictures. What follows are the pictures. release dates, male co-star(s) and their ages, and Leslie Caron's (LC) ages at the time: 10/04/51 - An American in Paris - Gene Kelly (39) - LC (20) 11/27/51 - The Man with a Cloak - Joseph Cotten (46) - LC (20) 06/06/52 - Glory Alley - Ralph Meeker (31) - LC (20) 03/26/53 - The Story of Three Loves - Farley Granger (26) - LC (21) 07/10/53 - Lili - Mel Ferrer (35)/Jean-Pierre Aumont (42) - LC (21) 03/21/55 - The Glass Slipper - Michael Wilding (42) - LC (23) 05/04/55 - Daddy Long Legs - Fred Astaire (55) - LC (23) [Note: LC loaned out to Fox.] 05/09/56 - Gaby - John Kerr (24) - LC (24) 05/15/58 - Gigi - Louis Jourdan (36) - LC (26) Average of LC's male co-stars: 35 LC's average age: 22 Your useless Hollywood factoids for the day!
  10. This Christmas I managed to secure a copy of Film Score Monthly's 2005 2-CD treatment of Bronislau Kaper's score for M-G-M's 1955 release, The Glass Slipper, featuring Leslie Caron as Cinderella and Michael Wilding as The Prince. (Age gap between Caron and Wilding: 19 years) Roland Petit and his Ballet de Paris were also on hand. Petit & co. appear to have been based in Hollywood at this time as they would travel with Caron to the Fox lot in the fall of 1954 to contribute to her next picture, Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire. In any event, Kaper's score for The Glass Slipper, like his score for Caron's 1953 vehicle, Lili, is so beautiful and tuneful. It's been described as a musical that only lacks lyrics and now I believe it. Best of all is the movie's theme, "Take My Love," which repeats in many different treatments throughout the score. Disc 1 contains all of the music from the original movie soundtrack. Disc 2 contains many alternate versions/outtakes of the same music. Over two hours of music! I would highly recommend this but beware: This release is long out-of-print and listings on Ebay are pricey. I got "lucky" with a "cheap" buy of $50.
  11. I think it was recently-named etoile, Valentine Colasante, who referred to Paquette as the gold standard of partners. I always think Ganio should be nearing retirement age and then I realize that he's not that old. Madame Lefevre nominated him as etoile when he was 20!
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    Best and Worst Ballet of 2018

    Best: In best Ruby Keeler fashion, Matthew Ball replacing the injured David Hallberg in the second act of Giselle after getting a call at home to get to the theater.
  13. Farewell videos with Karl Paquette, who retires tomorrow night:
  14. Well, sometimes they were trapped in a director's conceit, as in the fashion show sequence from Lovely to Look at: Mervyn LeRoy directed the main portion of Lovely to Look at but Vincente Minnelli was drafted to direct (or overdirect, as the case may be) the climactic fashion show sequence. The liner notes to the Lovely to Look at CD reveal that Minnelli was supposed to film the fashion show in three days but ended up taking three weeks. The Champions' second big dance in Give a Girl a Break comes close to the expansive feel of their "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" dance in Lovely to Look at in that they're taking full advantage of the soundstage. It's the third of three dream sequences in the following clip and starts around 6:55:
  15. This Christmas season, I've been listening to the soundtrack of Lovely to Look at, which Rhino Handmade put out in 2003 in a limited edition of 2005 copies. Lovely to Look at was M-G-M's 1952 remake of Roberta featuring Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion and Ann Miller, and was the second of three musicals the studio made in the early 1950s with the singing team of Grayson and Keel. (The other two being Show Boat [1951] and Kiss Me Kate [1953].) The Jerome Kern songs are so tuneful and Rhino did a superb job with the remastering of the entire soundtrack. My favorites on the CD and in the film are Marge and Gower Champion dancing to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes": And a little bit later in the film, Kathryn Grayson singing the same song: