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Ragtime Author E.L. Doctorow Dead at 84


Author E.L. Doctorow has died in New York aged 84 from complications of lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was most known for penning the novel Ragtime, which was published in 1975 and subsequently adapted into a film starring James Cagney and a stage musical. With a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, the original Broadway production opened on January 18, 1998, with a cast including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman, Audra McDonald, Judy Kaye and Lea Michele. The musical won four Tonys: Best Featured Actress (McDonald, naturally), Original Score, Book and Orchestrations.

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Doctorow was an interesting writer. I loved Ragtime and really liked Billy Bathgate and The March. But Welcome to Hard Times and World's Fair bored and irritated me.

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she had a HUGE hit here in the 60's, and is very likely best known in the States for this:






she was also pretty well known for her version of "Alfie":




R.I.P. Cilla.

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^ For musical lovers, Jones was the original Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company.




Dean Jones as Bobby, front and centre, in the original Broadway cast (1970) of Sondheim's COMPANY.

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Yogi Berra passed away this morning at 90 years old. Heck of a baseball player, but most people nowadays know him from his wit and malapropisms.


Some of my favorites:


"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"


"Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical"


"Always go to other peoples funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours"


"It ain't over till it's over"


RIP Yogi

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I just found out about this yesterday, and although there probably aren't a lot of opera fans in this site,

this still counts. Margaret Juntwait was the main commentator for "Live At The MET" on Saturdays,

for over ten years with her co-host Ira Siff. A wonderful radio host, she passed away this summer from

cancer. And as everybody has said on air, since the new season began yesterday....she will be missed.


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