And speaking of Sweeney Todd, two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye tells Shapiro that Patti LuPone (another Mama Rose) was lovely when Kaye replaced her for five weeks in that show’s revival, except for one thing: “She wouldn’t let me play her tuba. It wasn’t her tuba. It was a tuba they got for her to play. I was not even allowed to touch the fucking tuba.” They couldn’t find a (fucking) tuba the same size, so Kaye had to play one that was way too big for her, and in the process she almost hurt herself. (x)
Check out today’s Google Doodle in honor of opera legend Maria Callas. Happy Birthday, La Divina.