TALK ABOUT SURPRISE
Cabbies said the streets
were deserted as New Yorkers huddled at home digesting the election result
What few passengers
they had sat in stunned silence unable to speak
little productions are emerging as ways
celebrate the crowning…er, inauguration
Return of The Great American Protest Song!
Day, January 20th, at 7 PM at The Metropolitan Room
search of the listings will find moré and more evenings of commentary as
theater once again reflects the voice of the people
meantime the first half of the theater season has been presented
offerings promise to compete for
Time so far
Debbie Reynolds dies
a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher
It is said that there
is no sorrow like the death of a child
And it is surely what
broke Debbie Reynolds’s heart and caused her death from a stroke the day after
she lost her daughter, Carrie Fisher, to a heart attack. Reynolds was 84,
“The last thing she
said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that
she would like to be with her again,” her son, Todd Fisher said. “Fifteen
minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”
Debbie Reynolds was
the wholesome girl next door of our youth; bright, sunny, spunky, held still
closer to our hearts as her picture perfect 1955 marriage to singer/heartthrob
Eddie Fisher, dubbed “Americas Sweethearts”, crumbled in 1959 when he left her
for best friend and screen siren Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie was just two.
Reynolds, whose career was launched when she was just 19 in Singing in the Rain,
continued in show business culminating In November 2015 when she received the
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. Ironically, there is also a documentary about her life with her
daughter soon to be released.
If Reynolds was the sunshine,
Carrie was the dark side.
big breakthrough came playing Princess Leia in George Lucas's
blockbuster Star Wars (1977). She struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in
the 1980s, but came back in 1987 with her hit book Postcards
from the Edge, which she adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep. She went on to play
supporting roles in films, and was an author and screenwriter.
There will be much
coverage of both their lives but none eclipsing the sorrow of their deaths.
Beloved American Character Actor, George S. Irving Dead at
Irving won his Tony winner in 1973 for Best Featured Actor in a
Musical in Irene opposite Debbie Reynolds (whose daughter
Carrie Fisher died Dec.28).
Born George Irving Shelasky November 1, 1922, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he grew up singing at neighborhood synagogues and churches. In
1942 he was cast in the chorus at the MUNY in St. Louis, and made his Broadway
debut in 1943 in Oklahoma!. With 32 Broadway credits, Irving performed in such classics as Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Can-Can, Bells
Are Ringing, the 1981 revival of The Pirates of Penzance, and Me
and My Girl, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He was last seen
on a Broadway stage for the one-night-only benefit performance A
Wonderful Life for The Actors’ Fund.
S. Irving, Carmen-Alvarey and Janie-Sell inIrene
Irving performed his solo show Project Shaw's A Chekhov and
Shaw Comedy Night at Feinstein’s in New York City in 2008 to raves, after
which he received the 17th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in
His TV credits include All in the
Family, playing Russ DeKuyper. He also appeared on the 1976
sitcom The Dumplings and did commercials for White Owl cigars.
Among hiss notable voice over credits was the Heat Miser in the
animated holiday special The Year Without a Santa Claus and
also as Mister Gepetto in Pinocchio’s Christmas and the announcer
His voice is easily recognizable in some familiar Broadway cast
Irving was married to actor Maria Karnilova who died in 2001 and is
survived by their two children and three grandchildren
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