Monday, March 16, 2009

The Drama Drop -

* "What evuh happened to the strong, silent type?"... Those who know me, know that I am a gigantic fan of The Sopranos TV show. I have all of the seasons on DVD and frequently return to them. Well - allegedly, at least according to the New York Times ArtsBeat, Sopranos creator David Chase is planning a new show for HBO. I am a little distressed by the fact that it is only a mini-series, but at least it's something. "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled be back in."

* "Someone get me Bruno!" ... Those who know me, also know that I have recently embraced the West Wing TV show with open arms. Thanks to my sister's DVD collection, I was able to watch all 7 seasons in a matter of weeks. I must say that it ranks up there with The Sopranos for me. I'm sad to report that the actor who played Bruno Gianelli, the political mastermind behind Jed Bartlet's re-election, has died. Ron Silver, a versatile actor who also won a Tony Award for his portrayal of an uneasy film producer in the original Broadway run of David Mamet's Hollywood satire, Speed-the-Plow, died March 15. According to the New York Post "'Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,' said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped create". He was 62.

* It's my party and I'll sing if I want to... Last night, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated 125 year with a star studded gala. They also celebrated Placido Domingo's 40th Anniversary with the company. After what I thought was a tragically boring gala celebrating Joseph Volpe's departure, it would seem that they did a bang up job with this one. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini was sure pleased. Click here for more pictures of the event.

(Photo Top Left: David Chase, right, with James Gandolfini on the set of “The Sopranos.” By Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)
(Photo Middle Right: Ron Silver)
(Photo Lower Left: From left, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Plácido Domingo, the conductor James Levine, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, the associate director and set designer Julian Crouch and the costume designer Catherine Zuber at the Met gala on Sunday. By Ruby Washington/The New York Times)

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