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23.06.2014 Meryl Streep as Maria Callas — a masterpiece is coming

"I'd like to rip her throat out!"

This is what the great Meryl Streep supposedly said -- all in good actorish fun -- when Madonna's tireless campaign to play the lead in the movie "Evita" came to pass in 1997.

But that might be the only role Miss Streep lost. Now, everything seems automatically offered to Meryl. She has portrayed Margaret Thatcher ("The Iron Lady") and Julia Child "Julie and Julia"), as well as Nora Ephron ("Heartburn") and Karen Silkwood ("Silkwood").
One might add that in a manner of speaking, Meryl also portrayed Carrie Fisher in "Postcards from the Edge," which also offered Shirley MacLaine up as Debbie Reynolds. And Meryl sang quite convincingly in that movie.

I called Mike Nichols who will direct Meryl as Maria Callas in HBO's film version of Terrence McNally's play "Master Class." This is about the opera star in her teaching mode late in life, after she had lost her lover,Aristotle Onassis, to Jacqueline Kennedy. Was the Page Six item accurate? 

Mr. Nichols responded in his usual manner: "How could you doubt the Post? Every word is true. I've never known them to be inaccurate; well, at least not since this morning. They seem to have actually talked to Leslee." (He meant Ms. Dart, Meryl's press agent.) 

This movie is something to really look forward to and I want to add a few words about playwright Terrence McNally. He has been much in the news lately with the star Tyne Daly in his play "Mothers and Sons." It just closed this past weekend. 

Terrence is a wonder. Born a Floridian, he spent part of his childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas. Meeting the first woman ever to be a Broadway backstage manager — one Elaine Steinbeck — he became a tutor to the Steinbeck children when she wed the exalted writer John Steinbeck

Terrence has written 34 plays, nine musicals, three operas, four movies, and three television shows. Prolific and concerned with true issues — Terrence knows absolutely everything about opera there is to know. He will reach new heights and recognition with this filming of "Master Class." 

I think I have seen most of the well-known actors who have played his version of Maria Callas. The original, Zoe Caldwell, then Patti LuPone, then Dixie Carter, then Tyne Daly, and he has also had, in one production, the six-time-Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald, as a Callas student. 

Terrence McNally hasn't quite reached the peak of the ubiquitous Stephen Sondheim, but he's getting there.
05.07.2014 10:00:37
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