Tag Archive | show business

6/21/15 WEWRIWA

Summer Solstice everyone. Longest day and then folks, it’s downhill.

Continuing with Spreading Her Wings one last time today. Last week Sally contacted Lance, the boss of the Rockland Cable Station who pays her big money fro every interview. She tells him about the new play at the Shubert that needs another backer and asks if he knows anyone. Of course, Lance knows everyone. When she gets home he calls to say get dressed, she’s coming with him to a fancy dinner with all the principles. She’ll be his associate as well as reporter. A note left for Steve, her husband, and soon she’s ready to go.

excerpt:
“We have a meeting with a few possible backers I know, so finish the champagne, you look very beautiful tonight, Sally. Also we’re having dinner with some wealthy people at a fine restaurant.” “With the nice compliment and promise of dinner, I’m delighted to be your guest, Mr. Jordan.”

The BMW rolled up in front of Patsy’s, a top celebrities’ favorite restaurant.
“Whoa, Lance, you really know how to treat a woman, am I dressed for the occasion?”
He gave her that slick up and down all around penetrating gaze. “There’s something about you, Sally, that no matter what you wear, say or do, even though you’re married and a tad older than I am, I can’t stop thinking of you so yes, you’re perfect. “ He tucked her hand in his. “Let’s see what we can accomplish in the elite paradise.”
As they sauntered in, Lance whispered, “Be yourself and everyone will love you but not as much as I do, of course.”

for more snippets from talented writers:

http://www.wewriwa.com

SHW ereader with hands

Spreading Her Wings
Kindness to Strangers in River’s Edge rubs off on all who live there. Sally Kirkwood responds to an emergency call from a friend one early morning. A daughter is missing and with Sally’s skill as a reporter, she finds her at an audition in NYC. Thus begins an adventure of show business, unfaithfulness, forgiveness and success.

Also Available as Singles for all Ebook reading devices!

6/7/15 WEWRIWA

Hi Gang,

Things are brighter in our household now. Don ‘s feeling well enough to work so I can get back to Grandest, three cats, and writing. Do you ever feel promotion takes up too much time? I do, Does anyone know mature and other blogs that might like what I write? I’d sure appreciate some direction.

Spreading Her Wings resolves one problem and heads right into another this week.

Last week, with Misty’s help,  Clarabelle, now Claire, reveals she chooses to be a costume designer.

Excerpt:

“Daddy, I love you but I don’t love what you’re doing here.”
He lit a cigar and said,“I’m busy and you’re taking me away from serious business, Clarabelle, so run along back to the stage where you belong.”
Grabbing his jacket, she wouldn’t let him leave and said, “No it’s my life so listen and don’t call me that silly name any more, call me Claire.”
“ I’ve given you everything since your Mother passed on and now you’re complaining?”
“Everything you wanted me to be but how about what I want? I’ve been taking art classes using my own money to be a costume designer and you’re not gonna stop me.”

“I just had to tell you and I don’t want you to invest money just so I could be somebody I’m not meant to be, Daddy, please forgive me.”
“Oh Geez, honey, let’s forgive each other ’cause you know I’m just a big lucky Irisher with no idea how to raise a kid all by myself.”
“Let’s get a copy of the script to read at home and daddy, one of my teachers is a widow . . .”
“Ya think it’s not too soon?”

for more snippets from talented writers:

http://www.wewriwa.com

SHW ereader with hands

Spreading Her Wings
Kindness to Strangers in River’s Edge rubs off on all who live there. Sally Kirkwood responds to an emergency call from a friend one early morning. A daughter is missing and with Sally’s skill as a reporter, she finds her at an audition in NYC. Thus begins an adventure of show business, unfaithfulness, forgiveness and success.

Also Available as Singles for all Ebook reading devices!

5/24/15 WEWRIWA

Memorial Day Weekend. How well we remember and never forget our men and and women who support and fight for our country. My first love , a pilot in the Strategic Command who landed on a wing and a prayer the first time his bomber- a B 26 flew to England during the Korean War and later flew KC 97’s-Air refueling. a hazard all by it self. And then they planned atomic Bomb missions, never carried out, thank God. What a time.

And now to Weekend Writers Warriors for some fun with constructive critique for all.

Spreading Her Wings continues since there’s been so much enthusiasm for this story. The last scene took place where serious men were investing in the show on Broadway until the biggest investor walked in with his gawky daughter-the triple threat, she can’t dance, can’t sing, can’t act.

Excerpt in nine:
A crowd of men gathered around a burly Irishman who roared disapproval at the audition process.
“My daughter is as good as any of the girls in there.”
A soft spoken man pulled him aside just close enough for Sally and Teresa to hear.
“Mr. O’Malley, you are the major investor in the show and you want the play to be a success don’t you?”
“Of course and I also want my daughter to be a star.”
“Sir, she may not be quite ready for that because it takes years of training to . . .”
The bigger man grabbed him by his collar to lift him up eye to eye.
“You want a play and I got the dough so shut your face and get Clarabelle ready.”
He dropped him to the sidewalk to leave him eyes popping with fear.
for more snippets from talented writers:
http://www.wewriwa.com

Spreading Her Wings
Kindness to Strangers in River’s Edge rubs off on all who live there. Sally Kirkwood responds to an emergency call from a friend one early morning. A daughter is missing and with Sally’s skill as a reporter, she finds her at an audition in NYC. Thus begins an adventure of show business, unfaithfulness, forgiveness and success.

Also Available as Singles for all Ebook reading devices!

SHW ereader with hands

A Moment with Leonard Nimoy. . .

The year was 1990. The scene was shot in the famous large book store of Fifth Avenue in NYC. Gene Wilder had time to look at Gilda Radner’s book, “It’s always Something.” We stood close together as the Director, the famous Leonard Nimoy rode back and forth on a small track using a hand held camera. The technicians were star struck watching the thin intense man. I spoke softly to Gene Wilder. We both had suffered a loss recently: me of my beloved husband and Gene’s Gilda, the well known comedian of Saturday Night Live, died of cancer. Tears fell until cameras were ready. What a day. Afterward we hugged and moved on. I shook hands with Mr. Nimoy and told him it was a pleasure watching him work. The movie was Funny About Love.

Still of Leonard Nimoy and Gene Wilder in Funny About Love (1990)The two men standing outside during a break.

All That Glitters is Not Always Gold-The Oscars and me

I don’t know if anyone pays attention to the commercials during the Oscars but I do. Why? Because some years back, I was cast in a JCPenney commercial to be aired during the Oscars. Oh yes. It was titled First date. I was the ticket manager in a movie theater where a couple meets for the first time. She’s dressed in her nifty JCPenney outfit and he ‘s delighted to meet her. He comes to my window to buy two tickets. Got it so far, folks? No biggie, right.  So he asks me something and I interact-the key word here-by handing him the tickets, taking his money and smiling.

My paycheck arrives. It’s a regular check for the work with nothing added. Then a few months later, I see it on the Oscars. Wait a darn minute. I should get extra bucks for ‘interaction’ with the lead. So I called the union. Don’t you know, the next time I saw the commercial, they had CUT the close-up of the lead guy with me to save a few bucks.

Last night as I watched the Oscars, it all came back to me. I’m an author now of nineteen books, # twenty on the way and those days are long past. Suddenly JCPenney and all their commercials are right in front of me and I recall the frustration of me-the small fish in a big pond-fighting for my rights.

Oh well, I’ve never shopped there before and never will.

Show business; There’s nothing like it.

38d4b-charmaine2b-102bsaturated_pp8x10g-72y

An afternoon with the legendary comedian, Henny Youngman

The casting call came in . They were searching for an audience filled with actors familiar with Henny Youngman. He’s the man with the one-liners and a violin. He always opened with, “Take my wife. . . please” Audiences roared with laughter. Night clubs, television, The Borscht Belt. You name it. No one did the straight face and shot one liner’s-all clean-straight out of his mouth like a machine gun. In between jokes he played beautiful music on his treasured violin. Nobody did it better.

I showed up on time at the big studio. When his name was announced  and he shuffled out, this tall elderly man in a gray suit, you wondered if he’d reach it to the microphone. Make it he did. The assistant to the director said, “Four, three, ta” and he came to life and didn’t stop. At the end of his performance, the actors/audience gave him a standing O and watched the great talent shuffle off stage.

How rare this thing we call talent. No mumbling, every word clear, a virtuoso on the violin. And all without cursing. Beautiful.  An afternoon to remember and one of the many sweet times in my former career as an actor before I started getting good gigs.

Thanks for joining me, my friends.

If you have a moment to check out an interview I did today, I’d appreciate it.

http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/page2

12/15/13 WEWRIWA

The Farmer’s Almanac predicted a mild winter for the north east and little snow. What went wrong?

Today’s eight continues with favorite lines from Before the Final Curtain, book three in mature romances in the series The Beginning. . .Not The End. Chris Williams, the male star, tells Becca how to deliver a line to get a bigger laugh, something he did in the past.

 

 

excerpt in eight:

I’m telling you for the first and last time, don’t direct me and, and don’t touch me; we’re lovers on stage only, I can act the part.”

Becca flipped through to the page of the script Chris referred to, reread the line and thought,He’s right, the bastard, why is he always right?”

Becca has a short run on sentence monologue talking to her stage daughter about her deceased husband:

“Your father was a traveling salesman and when he’d come back after two weeks so horny, we never made it past the front door ’cause he’d drop his suitcase and his pants and when I sold his possessions I should’ve kept his, well, suitcase ’cause he kept a lot of toys for us in there.

daughter says: Oh, Mom.

Penny, the stage daughter got her part from the casting couch meaning she slept with the director. He’s taken her back to his apartment for a quickie followed by rehearsal. She just left and Randall Sloan is alone.

Randy, elated with his success, poured single malt Scotch into a shot glass, drank a toast to Viagra and finally fell asleep.

for more excerpts from talented writers:

http://www.wewriwa.com

The Beginning…Not the End

Book 3

ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

All Electronic Formats

Amazon

AllRomance

Smashwords for All Ebook Formats

Thanks for your comments and support, my friends.

 

12/8/13 WEWRWA

Welcome as the days of this year dwindle down to a precious few. This week I’ve selected eight of my favorite sentences from Before the Final Curtain, Book 3 in the long/short series of mature romance. The story is something similar to what I experienced in my years as an actor.

 

Spoken by the director/playwright: “She’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law move in with her and when they abuse the privilege, treat her as if she’s no longer capable and leave her alone while they’re at work, she goes to a bar and meets a man. Just one more thing, Becca, your costume in Act 1 is a towel.”

 At seventy three, Chris Williams knew he needed to be fit and energetic to perform the heavy schedule demanded in New York and soon he’d be with Becca; no woman touched his heart the way she still did.

Becca and Chris catch up on their former spouses:

Chris said, “Sylvie married before the ink was dry on the divorce papers and we keep in touch. How about Harris?”

“Sad to say he came out of the closet, much to my surprise, acted wild and foolish, got AIDS and died.” They gazed at each other. “Harris was kind, sweet and  thoughtful lover, satisfactory,  until. . .I met you.”

Pen in hand, ready to check off names as if this were a cast a huge musical, Stage manager Jane Nelson bellowed, “Welcome to The Drama Bus but before you board you may call me Stage Nazi just once and after that you may call me Jane.”

For More Snippets from talented writers:

http://wewriwa.com

 

 

The Beginning…Not the End

Book 3

ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

All Electronic Formats

Amazon

AllRomance

Smashwords for All Ebook Formats

Thanks for your comments and support, my friends.

10/13/13 WEWRIWA A Community of Writers and readers

Hi Gang. Here we are again with stories to share on Sunday. Love it. Today, I continue with one more eight from Before the Final Curtain. This is the last eight from the third of my series of Mature Romance, The Beginning. . .Not The End.

In this eight, the two stars, Becca Morgan and Chris Williams, are on  the Drama Bus traveling to NYC for the first read-thru of “Honor Thy Mother, Please” a new comedy with a heart. They talk about their past history and read the first scene in the play.

 

Chris reads the stage directions. He’s not in this scene.: The play begins with a lot of action, background mumbling, moving furniture as a bewildered Becca stands stage left watching her belongings brought downstairs to the lower level of her home. Her daughter Laura and son-in-law Max are moving in and taking over. Chris laughs at the first line in the play.

Becca: “Basement? I don’t live in the basement.”

Laura: “It’s not the basement, Mom, it’s the lower level.”

Becca: “So why don’t you live there?”

Laura: “Mom, we need more room, there are two of us and. . .”

Becca: “Thanks for reminding me, honey, I almost forgot your daddy died.”

Laura: “And Max needs space for an office so it will be just fine, you’ll see.”

Chris cuts in and says, “I love you, I mean I love it, I mean I do love you, Becca.”

“ I’m not into anything but truth with no bullshit allowed, Chris”

“The whole truth and nothing but, dear heart and before the final curtain, you will know.”

for more snippets:                                                                            Before the Final Courtain with theme border

http://www.wewriwa.com

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new  series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

All Electronic Formats

Amazon

AllRomance

Smashwords for All Ebook Formats

10/6/13 WEWRIWA

Before the Final Courtain with theme borderWelcome to my favorite day of the week with Weekend Warriors where writers share eight sentences of works in progress or already published writing. This week my eight continues with an introduction to Chris Williams, co-star of Becca Morgan. After receiving the news that he’s cast in a new romantic comedy, he reads the script.

Before the Final Curtain, an excerpt in eight:

 

Chris scrutinized every word and pictured every scene; the one where the main characters realize they may have a future together moved him to tears.  “Once smooth without a scar or blemish is not possible; this is life and we show the marks of experience because at the end, no one leaves the wrapping as smooth as we came in. Look past my scars to see my heart– my unblemished gift to you.” Chris squeezed his eyes shut when he finished reading in hope of tears not falling on the wonderful script but they did, like sudden raindrops.

Then Chris began the real work, highlighting lines, memorizing as he turned pages to cram the words into his memory bank over and over until he slammed the script on his desk and shouted, “Yes, I can!”. In bed with her, back in the good old bad days, we’d go over lines and let them flow.

 “You’re not in bed with her, yet” he said out loud and picked up the script, “so learn the first page, pretend her warm body is next to you and the lines will come to you.”

Three hours later, Chris nailed his first scene.

 

For more snippets:

http://www.wewriwa.com

 

ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

All Electronic Formats

Amazon

AllRomance

Smashwords for All Ebook Formats