Humour, pathos and soreness, and the culminating drama of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, supply those performs an excellent immediacy. Their motion used to be conceived on a cosmic scale and all of the enthusiasm and power in their writing is retained to at the present time. The energies of entire groups, significantly at Chester, York and Wakefield, have been dedicated to their construction and so they have been to steer later dramatists considerably. The grand layout of the secret performs was once to have a good time the Christian tale from 'The Fall of Lucifer' to the 'Judgement Day', and this quantity includes thirty-eight performs, forming in itself a composite cycle and together with just about all the incidents universal to the extant cycles.
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She respected me and I will never forget her for that. It was my first day and George Roy Hill, the director, decided to start with a closeup on me. Julie came in on her first day off. She had her jeans on, no makeup, and she knew that I was called for just my scenes for a close-up. She walked in and I said, “Julie! I wouldn’t have done these scenes the same to your stand-in. It’s not you I am talking to. ” And she came in and held both my hands. ” And she held my hands throughout the whole thing.
You don’t act by yourself. On opening night, at the curtain call, the audience was silent? Yeah. And then they went nuts. Silence is very loud. It was a deafening moment. That’s good stuff. They were moved. Can you share any recollections of Leonard Bernstein? He was a genius. He was sweet and kind and fun and easy. It was at a time when dancers weren’t supposed to sing and singers couldn’t dance, and he blew me away with what he made me do. I never would have thought I could do it. And no one conducted like him, no one.
And Ethel thought she was the worst mother in the world. Her son, Bobby Levitt, used to come backstage and visit me. Two shows a night, he’d sit there. Chan [Channing Lowe, Carol’s son] was the same way. He loved Hermione Gingold. She had done the wicked witch in Cinderella and Chan went crazy about her. Bobby the same way. The Crosby boys were the same, too. They’d come in my dressing room in Las Vegas every night before the show. They’d come in because I was bleached and had the eyelashes like their mother.
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