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1-28-19 Eva Slane has spent most of her 90 years dedicated to preserving the theater. Shortly after Kristallnacht, 10 year old Eva and her mother escaped Vienna and joined her father in New York City, the perfect place for a theater lover to land. As a theatrical agent she represented James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Helen Hayes and Carl Sandburg. With her beloved husband Stephen she worked to make the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly MA a success. The quintessential Patron of the Arts Eva has been a Board Member at the Asolo, the Manatee Players, and The West Coast Black Theater Troupe. Among the many honors she has received was recognition by Sarasota Magazine as one of Sarasota’s 28 most important people to the Arts. In her late 70’s Eva began to expand her artistic horizons; participating in a writing project sponsored by the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg FL, writing several short plays and even auditioning for a role as an actor. Listen to this remarkable, delightful, inspirational woman describe a life lived to the fullest.continue reading
The multi-talented Donald Chan is a conductor, musical director, pianist and composer. His repertoire includes 75 or 80 musicals. He has guest conducted at the American Conservatory Theater, the Seattle Repertory Theater and the Cleveland and Seattle Opera Houses. Donald was the musical director for the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the largest theater in the United States, for 12 years. Today, with director/choreographer Joey Mc Neely, he travels the world bringing the real version of West Side Story which he has conducted more than a thousand times. Luckily for us he is currently bringing his experience and expertise to the stage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Although he has worked with Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera, Carol Lawrence, Joel Grey, Sid Caesar, Len Cariou, Clark Terry and Shelly Manne to name a few, Donald is soft spoken and self-deprecating. In this show listen to him talk about the outrageous schedule he kept during his time at the St. Louis Municipal Opera and his decision to courageously follow his passion to be a musician and a conductor, so clearly the right choice, even though it disappointed his father who wanted him to be a dentist, also hear Pam Wiley’s review of the Asolo’s production of West Side Story and some of its glorious music.continue reading