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Barbra Streisand’s writers are hard at work

28 August 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Beck/Smith Songwriting greats Alan and Marilyn Bergman aren’t taking much time to bask in the glow of Barbra Streisand’s widely-praised new “What Matters Most” tribute album of their songs. They’re in the midst of working on a new version of “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.” The Emmy-winning television movie, about a lonely widow who finds love with a postal worker, was transformed into the Broadway musical (ital.) Ballroom (end ital.) in 1978, with songs by the Bergmans and Billy Goldenberg. Now it’s being planned as a Broadway vehicle for Tyne Daly, with revamping including, says Alan, “five or six new songs” — “at least,” adds Marilyn — on which they’re collaborating with Marvin Hamlisch.

“We love to work with Marvin. He’s a great composer and great fun to write with. He’s funny. He’s so enthusiastic,” notes Marilyn.

When will the show get going? »


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Reader of the Day: Bill

25 March 2011 2:18 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For today's reader of the day meet Bill. You know him as "Billy Held an Oscar" in the comments. Enough with you 90s babies ;) Let's have a few earlier babies! Billy discovered The Film Experience through those now defunct Stinky Lulu Supporting Actress Smackdowns (Rip). I believe it had something to do with Maureen Stapleton, his favorite actress. So let's start there.

Billy Held This Oscar

Nathaniel: You got to hold Maureen Stapleton's actual Oscar for Reds (1981), right?

Bill:  Yup. Shortly before she passed away, I was able to spend an evening with her at home in Lenox, Ma. A few years prior, I had created a site that detailed her career. As a result, a friend of Maureen's contacted me and asked if I would like to join him to visit her. It was truly wild. Maureen told me how she knew Humphrey Bogart and we talked about »


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