|JOYCE DIDONATO (painting by John C. Tibbetts)|
Two items of note, music lovers! One is the news from Variety that MERYL STREEP is portraying the renowned (and notorious) FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. The biopic is due out this August. The other news is that Kansas City native and international opera star JOYCE DI DONATO may be the subject of a new documentary film.
|Meryl Streep with John C. Tibbetts|
FIRST, THE STREEP-JENKINS BIOPIC. From Variety: Meryl Streep is to star in a biopic of the famously awful opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944) for director Stephen Frears. The three-time Oscar-winning actor will take the role of Jenkins, an heiress who used her wealth to embark on a singing career that took her to concert halls across the US in the 1920s, 30s and 40s despite her complete inability to hold a note or stay in time. Hugh Grant is in line to play the soprano’s partner and manager, St Clair Bayfield, with the film titled simply FLORENCE.
|Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant|
|Florence Foster Jenkins|
|Publicity photo of Joyce DiDonato|