Tyne Daly has done it again. She has opened on Broadway to rave reviews with a bravura performance this time in Terrance McNally’s Master Class. Both Sharon and I will catch up with her and the show later this summer (the play is scheduled to close its limited run the latter part of August), but I feel secure in offering this seemingly premature “Brava” since I have seen her take on this role a little over a year ago at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As is so often the case with Ms Daly she was (is) simply brilliant.
On the subject of summer, Sharon continues on with the fifth season of Burn Notice and, in August in London, the casting of the UK version of her play A Round-Heeled Woman. So, both “my” gals are gainfully employed and doing well.
Me? I am revisiting what is now draft three of a novel I began over a year ago. I am struggling with it for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that the plot is somewhat political and the American political landscape keeps changing faster and in more bizarre ways than I (let alone my novel’s leading character) can keep pace with. I have painted myself into so many corners that a new metaphor has to be invented since the number of corners in any metaphorical room should be limited to four, right? I am in more trouble than that.
Still, it is something to do while waiting for MGM to figure out the future and just how they will handle it vis-à-vis Cagney & Lacey and it also has me thinking of returning to the easier (at least for me) memoir form in writing down the stories from my past before … and after… C&L. I am also contemplating an audio version of Cagney & Lacey… and Me plus a re-launch of that tome via electronic technology (Kindle and the iBookstore).
Meanwhile, a question for the reader: the subject of technology brings up the probably very real issue that would be collectors of the original Cagney & Lacey series will most probably be frustrated in their goal of having something tangible and tactile that they can put on a shelf as part of a “collection.” Electronic downloads and such are not going to satisfy that urge so the question is how many of you are there? If it could be arranged on an “on-demand” basis to have the entire series sent to you on DVD in pristine fashion from the original negatives would you want it, and what would you pay for those 125 episodes? Would it be all right if they did not have special additional materials such as interviews or would that be an essential part of any package? Think about this, collect the opinions of your fellow fans of the show, and let us know by answering our new DVD survey.
Summer time will be over soon which is followed by the fall and that is when I am in California and will talk to the MGM caretakers of the moment about such things. It would be nice to have ammunition when bearding the lion in his den.
Barney Rosenzweig, July 8, 2011