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Irving Berlin, Updated for a 'Hamilton' World - Wall Street Journal

“I’m always a little cautious of the hybrid musicals that are semi-based on a movie and have old music, but they’re new,” he said. But after “Holiday Inn” proved a hit at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House, where it was developed in 2014, Mr. Haimes decided to give it a Broadway stage, at Studio 54, where it begins previews Sept. During a recent rehearsal, Mr. Greenberg and the cast were exploring how to infuse meaning into every detail. “We need better veg,” he said. The vexing vegetables were supposed to help his show’s male lead, Jim, dazzle his girlfriend, Lila, out of a life of show business and into loving farm chores, like shucking corn. But actor wasn’t sure the vegetables were working. Picking up a fake parsnip, he asked Mr. Greenberg, who co-wrote the “Holiday Inn” book with TV writer Chad Hodge, “What would I actually be teaching her to do. ”. Those decisions belong to Mr. Greenberg, a former child actor and Rockland County,... ” An experienced director of revivals, including London’s recent “Guys & Dolls,” he came to the project understanding the different needs of stage versus film, having graduated from New York University with a film degree. “A close-up can give you as much as an entire ballad in a musical,” he said. He felt free in reshaping and updating “Holiday Inn,” he said, because the original isn’t cemented in popular memory: “People remember it was in Connecticut, and there was an inn, but they don’t remember which of the movies about an inn it was. The original had nearly a dozen songs, including “White Christmas,” “Easter Parade” and “Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” plus two love triangles and a trip to Hollywood, where Crosby wins back the (second) girl Astaire stole away. The decisions behind rewriting and directing, said Mr. Greenberg, have been guided by always asking: “What is the play underneath the play. On the surface, it seems straightforward: Jim leaves a stage career to pursue his vision of rural life by buying a farm with a large house, then discovers the reality of agricultural life and returns to entertainment by opening the holiday-themed... Underneath, said Mr. Greenberg, the show is about “what is authentic and genuine in real life versus what is the curated version of authentic”—like reality TV. In his show, Jim’s rural fantasies run opposite Lila’s stage ambitions. The writers also changed the character of Mamie, a black household employee played in the movie by. Source: www.wsj.com

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  • Meet this groundbreaking Cincinnati-born actress

    03/21/16 ,via Cincinnati.com

    She didn't audition for this role, the most important part that Louise Beavers ever played. Decades after her death, history cast this Cincinnati native as a trailblazer for African-American actresses. And it's the reason why ArtWorks chose the

  • Irving Berlin, Updated for a 'Hamilton' World

    08/29/16 ,via Wall Street Journal

    The writers also changed the character of Mamie, a black household employee played in the movie by character actress Louise Beavers, into a more empowered Rosie-the-Riveter type named Louise, in homage to Ms. Beavers. The lead women now have 

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RT @victoriarowell: When I see or hear, "Imitation of Life" I think of two names, Louise Beavers & Juanita Moore. The ONLY movie my mother… 09/16/16, @vanesadawn
RT @victoriarowell: When I see or hear, "Imitation of Life" I think of two names, Louise Beavers & Juanita Moore. The ONLY movie my mother… 09/16/16, @GreenBiotechie
RT @victoriarowell: When I see or hear, "Imitation of Life" I think of two names, Louise Beavers & Juanita Moore. The ONLY movie my mother… 09/16/16, @PlanetGreenEyes

Recipes

  • Louise Cake Recipe

    coconut, egg whites, butter, raspberry jam, flour, flour, sugar, sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla extract

Books

  • African American Actresses

    Indiana University Press. 2016. ISBN: 9780253221926,0253221927. 405 pages.

    Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach.

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  • TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri Club members enjoy busy weekend of racing

    09/11/16 ,via Grantham Journal

    Closeby, fellow ‘Beavers’ Mark Wilson, Ove Andresen, Gerry Hyde, Patrick Cutmore, Blake Hutchinson, Chris Pugh, Kyle Fisher and Louise Hyde took part in one of the toughest triathlons in the world – Helvellyn Triathlon. The triathlon commenced with a ...

  • SEMAN, ANDREW JOSEPH

    09/11/16 ,via legacy.com

    Adored husband of the late Ethel Estelle (Perry) Seman; loving father of Cecilia Louise (Samuel E.) Griffith, Janet (Jeffrey) Van Wagner and the late Robert Seman; beloved grandfather of Phillip E. (Leigh) Beaver, Jr. and Brett Andrew Van Wagner ...

  • Donald Sandefur

    9, 2016, in Louisville. Donald was born in Beaver Dam to the late Glendon and Louise Pirtle Sandefur. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School, owned Sandefur's Excavating and was a member and deacon at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. He also was preceded in ...

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Louise Beavers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louise Beavers (March 8, 1902 – October 26, 1962) was an African-American film and television actress. Beavers appeared in dozens of films from the 1920s until 1960 ...

Louise Beavers - IMDb

Louise Beavers, Actress: Beulah. 1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American ...

Louise Beavers Obituary, Edgewood, MD | McComas Funeral ...

Read Louise Beavers's obituary/death notice, funeral and memorial service information. View images and share memories/condolences for Louise Beavers from Edgewood, MD.

Louise (given name) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louise and Aloisia / Luise are, respectively, French and German feminine forms of Louis. Louise has been regularly used as a female name in English speaking countries ...

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