|"So long, farewell..." now go jump in that lake.|
|A nun with a guitar|
never gets old.
But I have to admit I may be too hard on the old chestnut. Olney Theatre has just concluded a hugely successful run of the show, which extended several times and received great reviews. I did not see that production, but was aware of the catastrophic injury one of its cast members received during the rehearsal period. Monica is a colleague of mine (we recently appeared together in Olney's Witness for the Prosecution), and her accident made the whole DC theatrical community shudder.
Monica was slated to play the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, which is probably why Patricia Neway popped up on my radar. When Neway died last week at the age of 92, it was remembered that she won the Tony for the original production of The Sound of Music, playing the Mother Abbess.
|Neway's Mother Abbess advises|
Mary Martin to haul ass up that Alp.
|Neway as Lady Macbeth in|
Her performance in The Sound of Music was her biggest success outside the opera world; in the show, she sang that anthem of hope, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." As my friend Monica continues her arduous recovery from her fall, I hope she gets some comfort from the song.